Read the Winter 2021 issue of “Vertebral Columns” Vertebral Columns continues to focus on topics relevant to your clinical practice as a spine surgeon. This issue highlights the benefits and drawbacks of big data in spine surgery, the cost-effectiveness of image guidance, how to advise patients with preoperative lower extremity weakness caused by lumbar pathology, patient satisfaction after spine surgery, and physician unionization. Download the full issue here OR view below.
Read the Fall 2020 issue of “Vertebral Columns” Catch up on the latest research, advice, and commentaries relevant to you as a spine surgeon. The fall issue delves into: the learning curve of minimally invasive surgery the future of orthopedic practices in the wake of COVID-19 awake spine surgery robotics in single position surgery vancomycin as infection prevention health hazards for spine surgeons Download the full issue here OR view below.
Read the Summer 2020 issue of “Vertebral Columns” This edition includes the following: Editorial: Inappropriate Denial of Spine Surgery Claims: Implications for Patients, Physicians & Payers Complications: Identifying the Complication Profile Related to Cervical Disc Replacement: Going Beyond IDE Studies Clinical Practice: Epidural Steroid Injections: Do They Work? And Do They Increase Infection Rates With Surgery Clinical Practice: Physical Therapy After Lumbar Spine Surgery Medical Education: Telehealth and Resident Training: Optimizing “Webside Manner” Recommendations: Mattresses, Pillows, and Sleep Position: What Do the Data Actually Support? Physician Burnout: Peer-to-Peer? Medical Necessity? Prior Authorization? How the Insurance Companies’ Medical Claims Approval Process Is Causing Physicians to Burn Out and Patients to Lose Out Download the full issue here or view below.
Read the Spring 2020 issue of “Vertebral Columns” This edition focuses on clinical practice issues, from elective surgery in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to when to prescribe opioids to further fight the opioid epidemic. The issue also covers the use of laminectomy bone as a bone graft substitute, the use of regional anesthesia in lumbar spine surgery, triage pathways in lumbar spine care, the value of PROMIS in tracking patient outcomes and the dated recommendation of “NPO past midnight.”