Interspinous process devices(IPD) alone versus decompression surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis(LSS): A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Posted: February 2, 2017 at 10:22 am   /   Degenerative, General Spine

This study was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and represents a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis  of interspinous process devices (IPD) alone versus decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis.  The author’s database search found 866 potential articles.  IPD devices included X-stop, Coflex, DIAM, Wallis, and Asperious.  Studies were included if they […]

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The Effects of Smoking and Smoking Cessation on Spine Surgery: A Systematic Review of the Literature.

Posted: January 19, 2017 at 10:11 am   /   Degenerative, General Spine

This systematic review by Jackson and Devine provides us with a current review of the literature in regards to the effects of smoking and smoking cessation on spine surgery.  While this review covers spine surgery in general, our reviewed focused solely on the effects related to cervical disc surgery. There are several potential risks that […]

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Percutaneous lumbar laser disc decompression: an update of current evidence.

Posted: April 14, 2016 at 11:21 am

This systematic review by Singh et al (2013) provides an up to date review of the effectiveness of percutaneous lumbar laser discectomy. The acceptance of minimally invasive spine surgery continues to grow from both a demand by patients and amongst surgeons. The goals of having smaller incisions, limiting soft tissue trauma, shorter operating times and […]

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