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Interview with ISASS President Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD
Dr. Luiz PimentaHaving just completed the ISASS14 Annual meeting planning program, Dr. Pimenta commented he was "very impressed with the number and quality of papers submitted for consideration for the ISASS14," to be held in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. "In all categories the quality of papers was very impressive. ISASS truly is a global, scientific and educational society." The Annual meeting provides an independent venue to discuss and address the issues involved with all aspects of basic and clinical science of motion preservation, stabilization, innovative technologies, MIS procedures, biologics and other fundamental topics to restore and improve motion and function of the spine for surgeons, scientists, inventors and others. Our educational program for the ISASS14 shows just how dedicated we are to advancing major evolutionary steps in spine surgery.

The focal point of ISASS has been to embraced all aspects of spine surgery, from deformity, to motion preservation to MIS to biomechanics, tumor, biologics and new technologies and our 2014 program does just that....

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Program Chairs Discuss the Upcoming Navigating Controversies in MIS Course and Lab
ISASS Navigating Controversies in MIS Program Chairs Dr. Jean-Charles LeHuec, Dr. James Yue and Dr. Choll Kim discuss the January 2014 meeting:

"This educational event promises to bring to light new perspectives on MIS."
Jean-Charles LeHuec, MD, PhD, International Program Chair

"I look forward to the Endoscopic Spine Surgery symposium which will have US and International Faculty..."
James Yue, MD, Program Chair

"I am excited about this meeting because the field of MIS is on the verge of realizing its tipping point."
Choll Kim, MD, Program Chair

The call for papers for the January 2014 meeting is closing this Friday, November 1, 2013. Abstract submission is not required to participate in the course and lab. Participants who present accepted papers at the course will receive a 50% registration discount.

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ISASS Partnership with OrthoEvidenceOrthoEvidenceWe are excited to announce a partnership between OrthoEvidence and ISASS to provide you free unrestricted access to OrthoEvidence until November 30, 2013.

OrthoEvidence is the fastest growing orthopaedic centered knowledge dissemination tool with over 10,000 orthopaedic healthcare professionals and Associations using the product around the globe. OrthoEvidence will provide you with the highest quality Evidence That Matters™. OrthoEvidence ACE reports save you valuable time and keep you up to date on the best research in our field.

If you have used OrthoEvidence before, your username and password will continue to give you full access to all OrthoEvidence content. Simply login and enter this promo code in the "My Affiliation" section (green bar at the top of your screen) to validate your membership.

Promo Code: 1i1S3A0s1s3

If you are not yet signed up for OrthoEvidence, please click this link to register and use the same promo code above: www.myorthoevidence.com. At the top right of the homepage, click "Login / Sign Up" and then click the red button that says "Sign up using a promo code".

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Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Laminoplasty Costs $19k Less Than Laminectomy & FusionBecker's Spine Review - 10/30/13 14:23
Spine surgeons and researchers recently studied patients who underwent cervical laminoplasty and posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion for cervical spondylotic myelopathy to compare costs and published the results in the International Journal of Spine Surgery.
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ISASS14 Registration and Housing is Now OpenRegistration and housing for the ISASS14 conference being held April 30 through May 2, 2014 is now open. Details are available at the ISASS14 registration site.
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ISASS14 Exhibitor Prospectus Now AvailableThe Exhibitor Prospectus for the ISASS14 meeting being held April 30 – May 2, 2014 is now available for download in PDF format.
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Members in the News

The Ten Best New Spine Technologies for 2013ISASS members Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Daniel Riew, MD and Alexander Vaccarro, MD, PhD have been noted as panel surgeon judges in this Orthopedics This Week article: "The winners of the 2013 Orthopedics This Week Best New Technology award for spine are Benvenue Medical, Inc., Globus Medical, Inc., Johns Hopkins University/Siemens Healthcare, AFcell Medical, Inc., Orthozon Technologies, LLC, OsteoMed, Paciera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., PhDx Systems, Inc. and Trakya University in Turkey."
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To Adopt Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion or Not? Current Trends & ControversiesISASS members Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD and Kevin T. Foley, MD, FASC face off in this Becker's Spine Review article: "At the North American Spine Society 28th Annual Meeting earlier this month, several spine surgeons gathered to discuss the current controversies with minimally invasive lumbar fusion and whether to adopt it for their practices."
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4 Spine Surgeons on the Importance of Patient SatisfactionISASS members Richard Guyer, MD and Kenneth Pettine, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly in which "Four spine surgeons discuss the steps they take to increase patient satisfaction."
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Major Surprise From Nass’ Best Paper // Spinal Elements Steps Up for Children with Major Donation // And More!ISASS member Daniel Riew, MD has been noted in this Orthopedics This Week article: "Using the largest series ever undertaken—262 surgically explored segments—Kwang Sup Song M.D., Dan Riew, M.D. and the Cervical Spine Service at Washington University are defining plain radiographic criteria for anterior cervical fusion. They have found that when using plain X-rays, 2mm of interspinous motion (ISM) was inaccurate for diagnosing anterior cervical fusion status. Dr. Riew tells OTW, “There remains controversy surrounding the use of interspinous motion (ISM) on flexion/extension cervical radiographs as a way of determining anterior cervical fusion status; the issue is the exact distance and measurement accuracy...."
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UCLA School of Medicine Appoints Dr. Nick Shamie Chief of Orthopedic Spine SurgeryBecker's Spine Review is reporting that ISASS member Nick Shamie, MD has been "appointed chief of orthopedic spine surgery at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles."
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Thoracolumbar Spine Injury: A Reliable Classification SystemISASS member Alexander Vaccarro, MD, PhD, has been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Spine surgeon researchers led by Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, conducted a study to develop a widely accepted, comprehensive thoracolumbar spine injury classification system and then published their results in Spine."
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Defining Value in Spine Surgery & Care: What to Know for 2014ISASS member Donna Ohnmeiss, PhD, has been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article: "How do physicians, payers and hospitals define "quality" in spine care?"
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General Spine Surgery News

Medtronic ShruggedOrthopedics This Week - 11/1/13 10:00
Is the North American Spine Society (NASS) turning into a dystopian community where surgeons and companies are no longer welcome to engage in open and fair scientific discussion and debate? To Medtronic, Inc. (and, indeed, a growing group of senior surgeons and company executives), the answer appears to be “yes.”
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Zimmer Announces Launch of Viewline Retractor System, Tube Retraction System and Posterior Instrument Set for Minimally Invasive Spinal SurgeryYahoo! Finance US - 10/31/13 12:53
Zimmer Spine, Inc. today announced that the Company has launched the Viewline Tube Retraction System, Viewline Retractor System, and Viewline Posterior MIS Instrument Set to facilitate exposure, retraction, decompression and disc preparation for MIS TLIF/PLIF/PLF and microdiscectomy procedures.
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The Rationale for Smoke Evacuation in Your Operating RoomBecker's Spine Review - 10/31/13 11:50
Because spine surgery can produce smoke-filled operating rooms, surgeons need to unite with their operating room teams to petition, if not demand, that administrators develop policy that supports efficient smoke evacuation.
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Aurora Spine Announces First US Surgery and Global Launch of AmnioPUR(TM)Yahoo! Finance - 10/31/13 07:30
Aurora Spine Corporation, a global minimally invasive (MIS) spinal implant company, is pleased to announce the first US surgical usage of the company's AmnioPUR™ liquid allograft products in a lumbar spinal procedure. AmnioPUR was introduced in mid-October at EuroSpine congress in Liverpool, England and again at the North American Spine Society (NASS) in New Orleans, LA. AmnioPUR is a multipurpose, chorion free, cryopreserved allograft, AmnioPUR is derived from the amniotic membrane.
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Globus Medical Reports 2013 Third Quarter ResultsReuters - 10/30/13 16:46
“We are very pleased with our industry leading top line growth and profitability this quarter. Our growth this quarter is again attributable to the increased adoption and success of newer, more disruptive products, which are designed to provide better treatment for the patient, and are safer and easier to use for the surgeon,” commented David Paul, Chairman and CEO.
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Baxano Surgical launches minimally invasive facetectomy instrumentHealio - Orthopedics Today - 10/30/13 12:00
Baxano Surgical Inc., a medical device company specializing in minimally invasive products for degenerative lumbar spine conditions, has introduced the novel iO-Tome disposable facetectomy instrument. The device allows surgeons to perform rapid and safe facetectomies during certain interbody spine fusions, according a company press release.
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Nexxt Spine Debuts FACET FIXX Lumbar Spinal Fusion Screw SystemBecker's Spine Review - 10/30/13 11:40
Noblesville, Ind.-based Nexxt Spine has launched its FACET FIXX Screw System for stabilization and fixation during lumbar spinal fusion procedures.
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NuVasive boosts outlook after Q3 profits more than tripleMassDevice - 10/30/13 09:13
NuVasive Inc. could be a big gainer today after the medical device company said yesterday that it more than tripled its 3rd-quarter profits, bested Wall Street's earnings expectations and boosted its sales and earnings outlook for the balance of 2013.
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Independent Study Bolsters Use of Kiva VCF Treatment SystemBecker's Spine Review - 10/29/13 10:36
An independent study looked at the Kiva VCF Treatment System by Benvenue Medical in comparison to the balloon kyphoplasty and found fewer new fractures and half the cement used than the balloon kyphoplasty.
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Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: 6 Research Areas to AddressBecker's Spine Review - 10/28/13 10:21
An article published in Spine outlined the current state of cervical spondylotic myelopathy and where treatment is headed in the future.
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Zimmer Holdings Reports Decreased Earnings, Spine Sales in Q3Becker's Spine Review - 10/24/13 10:19
Warsaw, Ind.-based Zimmer Holdings reported $154.4 million in third quarter net earnings, down 13.3 percent from $178.1 million net earnings during the same period last year.
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First procedure that allows lateral access to all levels of lower lumbar spine launchedSpinal News International - 10/22/13 12:42
Medtronic has announced, at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons annual meeting (CNS; 19–23 October, San Francisco, USA), the launch of the first procedure that allows lateral access to the L5-S1 disc space. The Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion 51 (OLIF51) procedure, according to a press release, eliminates the need to reposition the patient during surgery.
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US Spine Surgery News

Fast-Track Rehabilitation After Spine Surgery: Quality & Cost Effective?Becker's Spine Review - 11/1/13 11:09
A study published in a recent issue of Spine examines the cost-effectiveness of initiating rehabilitation for spine patients six weeks after surgery instead of the customary 12 weeks.
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Dr. Robert Bray: Lessons for Performing High-Acuity Spine Cases in ASCs Becker's Spine Review - 11/1/13 12:10
At the 20th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference in Chicago on Oct. 25, Robert Bray, Jr., MD, neurological spine surgeon, and Karen Reiter, COO of DISC Sports and Spine Center in Newport Beach and Beverly Hills, Calif., discussed high-acuity spine procedures in the ambulatory surgery center.
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10 Biggest Reimbursement Challenges in ASC Minimally Invasive Spine SurgeryBecker's Spine Review - 11/1/13 11:05
At the 20th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference in Chicago on Oct. 26, Carolyn Neumann, CPC, senior manager of coding and coverage access for Specialty Healthcare Advisers, shared the 10 biggest reimbursement challenges facing ASCs that do minimally invasive spine surgeries.
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NASS to Washington Post: Don't Condemn All Spinal Fusions Becker's Spine Review - 11/1/13 10:13
The North American Spine Society Executive Committee has penned a letter to the Washington Post in response to a story about the necessity of spinal fusions.
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Spinal Devices Supplied by Physician-Owned Distributors: Overview of Prevalence and UseOffice of Inspector General - 10/23/13 12:00
PODs are a substantial presence in the spinal device market. Our findings raise questions about PODs' claim that their devices cost less than those of other suppliers. Surgeons performed more spinal surgeries at hospitals that purchased from PODs, and those hospitals experienced increased rates of growth in the number of spinal surgeries performed in comparison to the rate for hospitals that did not purchase from PODs. Taken together, these factors may increase the cost of spinal surgery to Medicare over time. Finally, hospitals' policies varied in whether they required physicians to disclose ownership interests in PODs to either the hospitals or their patients. Thus the ability of hospitals and patients to identify potential conflicts of interest among these providers is reduced.
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Integra LifeSciences receives 510(k) clearance for polymer-coated fusion deviceHealio - Orthopedics Today - 10/27/13 12:00
Integra LifeSciences recently announced it received FDA 510(k) clearance for the Hollywood NanoMetalene Interbody Device used primarily for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.
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FDA approves intervertebral body fusion deviceHealio - Orthopedics Today - 10/25/13 12:00
Binder Biomedical Inc. announced that the FDA has cleared its LOGIC, a stand-alone intervertebral body fusion device. The device is indicated for use in patients with degenerative disc disease at one or two contiguous levels of the lumbosacral spine.
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Will SGR Repeal Happen This Year? NASS Weighs InBecker's Spine Review - 10/25/13 09:51
The North American Spine Society blog "Spine on the Hill" recently posted an update on the efforts to repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate formula.
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Report: Spinal fusion performed with devices supplied by PODs resulted in higher surgery costsHealio - Orthopedics Today - 10/24/13 12:00
Nearly one in five devices used in spinal fusion surgery in 2011 were supplied by physician-owned distributorships, and although these devices resulted in a lower number of devices per surgery, they did not contribute to lower surgery costs overall, according to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General.
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International Spine Surgery News

SpineGuard Receives Mexican Regulatory Clearance for PediGuard Curved, XS DevicesBecker's Spine Review - 10/28/13 09:52
Paris and San Francisco-based SpineGuard has received clearance from the Mexican healthcare regulator authority, COFEPRIS, to sell its PediGuard Curved and Curved XS devices in the country.
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K2M, Amedica Reach European Distribution Agreement for Biomaterial Spinal Fusion DevicesBecker's Spine Review - 10/24/13 10:21
Salt Lake City-based Amedica entered into a distribution agreement with K2M for its Silicon Nitride interbody spinal fusion devices on European markets.
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