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​​​​​​cropped-SPINEv41s8-cover- April 2016.jpgMini​​​​mally Invasive Techniques of Spine Surgery​

Guest Editor:  Frank M. Phillips, MD

In 2010, approximately one of six instrumented spine procedures in the United States was performed with a minimally invasive exposure. In 2016, that number is nearing one in three, ​with estimates that more than half of all spine procedures will be performed with minimally invasive techniques by 2020. In short, twice as much MIS surgery is being performed today compared to five and a half years ago. With the increasing adoption of MIS techniques, there has been a concomitant increase in the volume and quality of evidence available to guide evidence- and experience-based decision making.

As with nearly all other surgical specialties, minimally invasive approaches have incrementally replaced open exposures and this similar progression in spine surgery has become undeniable. The cumulative and consistent evidence in this field confirms we are near or at the tipping point of MIS procedures to be increasingly, and at some point solely, used in responsible applications with appropriate techniques in properly selected patients at the most efficient surgical venues.


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How much does spinal fusion surgery cost? The answer depends on what part of the country you live in, reports a study in the September 1 issue.

Dr. W. Ryan Spiker and colleagues at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, analyzed 2012 Medicare data on the costs of two common types of spinal fusion surgery: anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and posterior lumbar fusion (PLF). Costs for spinal fusion vary substantially by region, with costs being lowest in the Midwest and highest in the Northeast. The researchers note, "This data sheds light on the actual cost of common surgeries throughout the United States, and will allow further progress towards the development of cost effective, value driven care."

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Dr. Samuel K. Cho and colleagues of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, analyzed and quantified the most important research papers on lumbar spine surgery in an article published in the May 15 issue. Their results raise some interesting "questions, trends and observations"—including the finding that the two most-cited studies focus on situations when spinal surgery should not be performed. Read the article for FREE  

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