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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from February 11, 2009

In this edition of spinemonitor, Frank J. Schwab, MD presents flatback in a mature female who, four decades earlier, underwent non-instrumented fusion for scoliosis.  Baron S. Lonner, MD discusses this classic case and surgical planning.     

Featured Case Study
Flatback following Non-instrumented Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery
Photo: Frank J. Schwab, MD Case Author:
Frank J. Schwab, MD
Chief, Spine Deformity Service
NYU–Hospital for Joint Diseases
New York, NY

The patient is a 56-year-old woman treated with non-instrumented fusion and casting as a teenager. Her chief complaint is low back pain, fatigue with ambulation, and pitched forward posture. Ambulatory endurance is...

Marked truncal inclination is noted, no motor or sensory...

Long cassette standing films show significant sagittal plane imbalance and...

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Cervical Myelopathy in a Pediatrician
Fig. 1 - Long cassette standing x-ray
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The Spine Masters Institute – Burr Ridge, IL (Chicago suburbs) May 15-16, 2009 – 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Spine Surgery SkilksCourse Chairmen:

  • Neel Anand, MD
  • Keith H. Bridwell, MD
  • Iain H. Kalfas, MD
  • Frank J. Schwab, MD
  • Harry L. Shufflebarger, MD

Course Goal:  To enhance the spine surgeon’s expertise and knowledge with the latest surgical techniques and technologies.

A distinguished faculty of 11 leading orthopaedic and neurological surgeons leads this course consisting of more than seven hours of cadaver labs, plus lectures and surgical videos.  Objectives include:

  • Discuss the indications, techniques, and potential complications associated with several minimally invasive spine techniques.
  • Assess fixation options and techniques at all levels of the spine.
  • Describe indications and techniques for spinal osteotomy options, including PSOs and VCRs.
  • Evaluate the rationale, indications, techniques, and outcome for cervical arthroplasty and anterior approaches skull to T4.
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Cervical Myelopathy in a Pediatrician

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Past Spine Cases:
Below is a listing of previous spine case studies. Feel free to browse and vote for treatment options for each case.

Cervical Myelopathy in a Pediatrician
By Gerard J. Girasole, MD

Atlanto-occipital Dislocation after a Crane Accident
By Sharolyn Martin, RN, BSN, CEN

Traumatic Sacral Dislocation
By Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

Significant Back and Leg Pain in a 70-Year-old Female
By Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD

Trans-sacral Fusion of Spondylolisthesis at L5-S1
By Larry T. Khoo, MD

S1 Failure in an Elderly Female
By Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

Debilitating Back Pain with Neurogenic Claudication
By Neel Anand, MD, Mch Orth

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