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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from May 13, 2009

Spinemonitor announces the launch of – the online, one-stop, without cost access to CME and CE for spine surgeons and nurses.  Also, Christopher I Shaffrey, MD presents a challenging cervical case in a young female illustrated by many pre- and post treatment images.  Praveen M. Mummaneni, MD discusses Dr. Shaffrey’s case and considers the high rate of local reoccurrence.

Announcing the Launch of
Online and Free CME for Spine Professionals

BroadWater, a SpineUniverse company that specializes in CME activities for spine professionals, is pleased to announce the launch of  This one-stop online resource features excellent CME education that is convenient and no cost to spine surgeons and nurses.

To access, simply log on to obtain instant access to programs that include videos, cadaver demonstrations, and clear-cut PowerPoint presentations all taught by leaders in the spine field.  After passing a brief test, you can instantly print your CME certificate—all at no charge.

"Spine surgeons face immense time pressures and the launch of will make continuing education much more efficient for us," said Advisory Board member Reginald Knight, MD.

Visit to participate in these and other online continuing education courses:
Featured Case Study
Cervical Tumor in a 14-year-old
Photo: Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD Case Author:
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD
Harrison Distinguished Professor
Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

The patient is a 14-year-old female who presents complaining of neck pain and headaches for five months. Recently, the patient experienced…

There was limited cervical range-of-motion and torticollis. Mild diffuse upper extremity weakness, 5-/5, upper/lower extremity…

Sagittal MRI shows myelopathy, replacement of C2 vertebra with tumor, and extensive…

Read Complete Case, Vote for Treatment, and View Outcome

Lateral x-ray, C2 pathological fracture

Fig. 1 - C2 fracture
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How Would You Treat This Patient
LAST CHANCE CME Event - May 16, 2009
Controversies in Contemporary Spine Surgery
3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Controversies in Contemporary Spine Surgery

Lansdowne Resort
Washington, DC USA

Faculty discussion and audience Q&A after each lectureControversies in Contemporary Spine Surgery

In this highly interactive and educational program, the expert faculty cuts through the confusion and candidly addresses many of today's controversies, including disc replacement, disc regeneration, bone graft extenders, fusionless and motion-sparing options, and MIS. Course objectives include:

  • Outline the benefits and potential pitfalls of spinal motion-sparing technology.
  • Discuss the role of contemporary scoliosis classification systems in their usefulness in determining fusion levels.
  • Describe contemporary translational research efforts in both disc regeneration and spinal cord regeneration.
  • Explore the role of new bone graft replacements and extenders in spinal fusion surgery.
  • Discuss the role of intraoperative CT and image-guided surgery in contemporary spinal surgery.
  • Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD

Download PDFDownload Course Brochure (PDF)

Sponsored by: DIAM™
DIAM™ Spinal Stabilization System Clinical Trial for Patients with Degenerative Disc Disease
Spinal surgeons around the country are now enrolling candidates in this clinical trial. This clinical trial will study the safety and effectiveness of the device for treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) at a single level between L2-L5.

The DIAM™ Spinal Stabilization System is designed to treat patients with moderate lumbar degenerative disc disease. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 70 years, with moderate low back pain secondary to lumbar degenerative disc disease at one level, may meet selection criteria. Patients selected to participate in this trial will either undergo minimally invasive posterior spine surgery to implant the DIAM™ device or receive a regimen of nonoperative treatments.
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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.

Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
By Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD

Progressive Lumbar Deformity in a 57-year-old Female
By Keith Bridwell, MD

Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease in a Basketball Player
By Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD

Leg Pain and Sagittal Imbalance
By Keith Bridwell, MD

Flatback following Non-instrumented Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery
By Frank J. Schwab, MD

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

View All Case Studies

Spine Surgery Videos
OR-Live Spine Surgery Videos

Visit the spine surgery video library courtesy of our partner OR-Live, Inc. Whatever your spine interest – innovations in chronic pain therapy, microdiscectomy, VEPTR, fusion, and more – find it here.
View Spine Surgery Library
Featured CME Event – October 9-12, 2009 – SMISS
Annual Meeting of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
2009 Annual Meeting Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

October 9-12th, 2009 | THEhotel / Mandalay Bay and the MERIN Lab
Las Vegas, NV USA — 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Once again we expect the SMISS 2009 Annual Meeting to be the "can't miss" event in MISS techniques and technology. This year's expanded SMISS meeting will feature:

  • Multiple half-day hands-on cadaver labs showcasing the latest MISS procedures.
  • Two full days of CME-accredited didactic sessions, including lectures from MISS leaders, in-depth case discussions, and oral abstracts and e-Posters on the newest research.
  • New Technique Forums, supported by MISS companies, featuring detailed presentations, videos, and hands-on display of the most cutting-edge MISS technology.
  • Extensive technical exhibits to inform your current and future practice. Ample time to network and enjoy the attractions of Las Vegas with colleagues and friends.
Course Director: William Taylor, MD

Board of Directors:
  • D. Greg Anderson, MD
  • Rick Fessler, MD, PhD
  • Kevin Foley, MD
  • Larry Khoo, MD
  • Choll W. Kim, MD, PhD
  • Frank Phillips, MD
  • James Schwender, MD

Visit for Registration and Full Event Details

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