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Friday, July 3, 2009

New: What's New in Spine Surgery?

In the following article "What's new in spine surgery, a perspective on latest approaches to treat cervical spinal deformity is discussed by Bridwell, KH et al, this is a very latest compilation of spine related works. At the bottom of this paper, the authors list some interesting recent works under the topic evidence based treatment in Orthopedic surgeries? in addition to their lengthy and useful reference list that will be of great interest to many.
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American)
. 2009;91:1822-1834.
© 2009 The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.

What's New in Spine Surgery

Keith H. Bridwell, MD1, Paul A. Anderson, MD2, Scott D. Boden, MD3, Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD4 and Jeffrey C. Wang, MD5 1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, One Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza, Suite 11300 West Pavilion, Campus Box 8233, St. Louis, MO 63110. E-mail address: bridwellk@wudosis.wustl.edu

Many controversies still exist with regard to the surgical treatment of cervical spine pathology. The role of allograft, autograft, plate fixation, and bone morphogenetic protein is not entirely clear. There is still debate about the surgical treatment of myelopathy anteriorly as opposed to posteriorly. Clearly, there is substantial anatomic variation in the location of the vertebral artery. Disc arthroplasty for the cervical spine continues to appear to be a viable option for patients with single-level pathology.