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Gap in the market for cervical total disc replacement

New technology has evolved to tackle degenerative spinal disease, but is enough post-surgery data available to make claims on the efficacy of vertebral implants, asks a new report by research

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Operative risk increases with obesity

While obese patients are more likely to have surgical treatment for lumbar disc herniation than non-obese patients, obesity increases operative time, blood loss and length of hospital stay, according to

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Two heads are better than one

A new study at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) demonstrates how having two attending surgeons in the operating room during spinal surgeries can benefit patients in multiple ways.

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High frequency stimulation eases back pain

A new device helps reduce severe back and leg pain, significantly improving patients’ quality of life, according to research from the Pain Management and Neuromodulation centre at Guy’s and St

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Spinal implants get covered

US researchers have for the first time successfully coated polymer implants with a bioactive film. The discovery should improve the success rates of spinal surgery devices. The polymer used in

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Backs bear a heavy burden

Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers say that using backpacks can lead to nerve damage, specifically to the nerves that travel through the neck and shoulders to animate hands and fingers.

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Study highlights depression as predictor in revisional spine surgery outcomes

What if a spine surgeon could predict patient outcomes by doing a simple, pre-op psychological test? A longitudinal study published in the March 2012 issue of The Spine Journal has

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Study shows that new magnetically-controlled growing rods can treat scoliosis in children without repeated invasive surgery

A first-in-man study published by The Lancet shows that new magnetically-controlled growing rods can treat scoliosis in children by being extended using a non-invasive technique as their spine grows, without

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High-strength silk scaffolds improve bone repair

Biomedical engineers at Tufts University’s School of Engineering have demonstrated the first all-polymeric bone scaffold material that is fully biodegradable and capable of providing significant mechanical support during repair. The

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Scientists discover genes that increase the risk of osteoporosis and fractures

Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have identified the genetic variations that are believed to cause osteoporosis. The study, published in Nature Genetics and involving