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ISSN: 0362-2436
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News: Big Differences in U.S. Healthcare Costs for Fixing Back Pain

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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Do you know the most influential studies on surgery of the lower spine?

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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April 15, 2016 Supplement

  • Procedural Checklist for Retroperitoneal Transpsoas Minimally Invasive Lateral Interbody Fusion
    Juan S. Uribe 
  • Anterior Column Realignment (ACR) in Adult Sagittal Deformity Correction: Technique and Review of the Literature
    Behrooz Akbarnia
  • Comparative Effectibveness and Economic Evaluations of Open versus Minimally Invasive Posterior or Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: A Systematic Review 
    Yoga Rampersaud
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