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Posted on November 19, 2014 by Rachel Cohen

Legislative changes within the healthcare industry have allowed patients to take charge of their health insurance and care. With an influx of patients seeking affordable, customer-oriented healthcare options comes a potential increase in physician referrals to outpatient surgery centers.

Panelists at the 20th Annual Surgery Centers Conference explored this concept along with many others. The industry experts also predicted significant opportunities for spine doctors who specialize in discectomies and fusions and work in an outpatient surgery setting. Regardless, there are plenty of...

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Posted on October 29, 2014 by Rachel Cohen

Cervical RegionCervical total disc replacement (CTDR) has been used as an alternative to fusion surgery much more in recent years. During a trial for the Prodisc-C [Synthes Spine] total disc replacement (TDR) in 2006, patient satisfaction was reported as high as 70 to 85 percent, and evidence indicated the CTDR procedure improved motion preservation more than fusion surgery.

In some cases, this theory still holds true today....

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Posted on October 15, 2014 by Rachel Cohen

There are significant differences between open spine surgeries and minimally invasive spine surgeries. When overall cost and procedural outcomes are analyzed, it’s not difficult to understand why Dr. Mark Giovanini at NeuroMicroSpine prefers the latter of the two.

Minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgeries are just that—minimally invasive. Those who elect to have MIS surgery typically return to work quicker, their risk of infections and...

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