North American Spine Society (NASS) 2018 Highlights
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Lumbar Failed Back Surgery Post Laminectomy
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Lumbar Failed Back Surgery Post Laminectomy

By Harel Deutsch, MD
Three years ago, this 69-year-old male celebrity underwent L2-L5 laminectomies under another surgeon’s care. His concern is he feels he is “getting worse” and rates his low back pain as 10/10 with bilateral leg pain. Lali Sekhon, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS, provides peer commentary, which includes several thought-provoking questions for online discussion.
 
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Reimagining Spine Surgery Through Awake Spinal Fusion
NASS 2018: AWAKE FUSION

Reimagining Spine Surgery Through Awake Spinal Fusion

With Alok D. Sharan, MD, MHCDS
How a surgeon changed his spine surgery practice to perform awake spinal fusions using spinal anesthesia in the outpatient setting, which led to improved outcomes and enhanced recovery time compared with performing these procedures under general anesthesia.
 
Which Patients Undergo Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluation Before Spine Surgery?
NASS 2018: PPE CASE REPORT

Which Patients Undergo Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluation Before Spine Surgery?

With Isador H. Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCSC
How this diagnostic and prognostic assessment improves overall outcome and patient satisfaction, reduces costs, limits the likelihood of additional unnecessary surgery, and protects against litigation. Case report included.
 
Marked Rise in Lumbar Fusion Rates Found in Past Decade
NASS 2018: LUMBAR FUSION TRENDS

Marked Rise in Lumbar Fusion Rates Found in Past Decade

With Brook I. Martin, PhD, MPH
Researchers used data from the National Inpatient Sample (2004-2015) to identify adults who underwent elective lumbar fusion and reveal trends in procedure rates, volume and hospital costs.
 
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