• Spinal surgery: Right on target with new software

    Because the spine is made up of repeating elements that look alike, surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong vertebra. To avoid this, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a software program that works seamlessly with currently available procedures to assist a surgeon’s determination of which vertebra is which. Results from its first clinical evaluation show

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  • These Factors May Raise Your Back Pain Risk

    Lower back pain can be irritating at best and debilitating at worse. For some, simple lifestyle changes may make a huge difference. A recent study found that nicotine dependence, alcohol abuse, obesity and depression were tied to an increased risk of lower back pain. The authors of this study looked at the connection between these

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  • Does obesity impact scoliosis surgery outcomes? 5 key findings

    A study published in Spine examines how obesity impacts surgical outcomes for degenerative scoliosis. The reserachers examined 84 consecutive patients with degenerative scoliosis, and the average age was 68 years old. The patients were followed for two years at minimum and placed into three groups according to body mass index. The reserachers found: Compared with

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  • More evidence supporting robotic spine surgery unveiled

    A new study presented during the North American Spine Society annual meeting showed the efficacy of the Renaissance robotic spine surgery system. Faissal Zahrawi, MD, of Florida Hospital Celebration Health; Samuel Bederman, MD, of University of California, Irvine Medical Center; and Bert Hoess of Medical Spectrum Twente Hospital in the Netherlands gave podium presentations on

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  • Baby boomers and scoliosis: Osteoporosis a risk factor

    For many adults, the word scoliosis conjures up childhood memories of lining up in gym class for an examination by the school nurse. But scoliosis isn’t just a pediatric condition. Curvature of the spine can develop in adults too, and the osteoporosis that can accompany menopause is a risk factor. An orthopedic surgeon explains how

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