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Evidence-Based Recommendations for Spine Surgery

Fisher, Charles G. MD*; Vaccaro, Alexander R. MD, PhD; Prasad, Srinivas K. MD; Whang, Peter G. MD, FACS§; Mulpuri, Kishore MBBS, MHSc; Thomas, Kenneth C. MD, MHSc; Chi, John MD, MPH**; Patel, Alpesh A. MD, FACS††

doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000085
Systematic Review

Six recent articles published in the spine literature are reviewed for their evidence, methodology, and clinical impact.

*Division of Spine, Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University and The Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Department of Neurological Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

§Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Departments of Surgery and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

**Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; and

††Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Alpesh A. Patel, MD, FACS, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University School of Medicine, 676 N St Clair, Ste 1350, Chicago IL 60611; E-mail:

Acknowledgment date: October 14, 2013. Acceptance date: October 15, 2013.

The device(s)/drug(s) that is/are the subject of this manuscript is/are not FDA-approved for this indication and is/are not commercially available in the United States.

No funds were received in support of this work.

Relevant financial activities outside the submitted work: board membership, consultancy, grants, royalties, stocks, payment for lecture.

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