Head and neck surgeons highlight the advantages of the less invasive endoscopic endonasal approach to spine surgery.
Advances in 3-D printing permit creation of patient-specific navigation (PSN) guides that conform to complex biological shapes, helping surgeons rapidly and accurately place pedicle screws. Cleveland Clinic researchers investigated coupling PSN with an algorithm to improve fixation strength.
How leading spine centers are refining and increasingly combining these surgical advancements in pursuit of better patient outcomes and care value.
Physician quality directors for Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health outline a few initiatives behind recent quality successes — and share advice applicable to virtually any healthcare institution.
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Functional status is predictive of how older patients do after surgery. Cleveland Clinic is working to help frail older adults prepare for elective procedures. Geriatrician Ronan Factora, MD, explains.
Even though laser spine surgery has been in use for nearly 30 years, more prospective randomized studies are needed to truly validate its potential to shorten recovery times and match the outcomes of open procedures.
Whether to proceed with instrumented fusion after thoracic spine decompression is a largely unexplored question. Recent biomechanical studies in cadavers with intact rib cages are finally shedding some light.
Combining minimally invasive approaches to spine surgery with image-guided neuronavigation yields a valuable tool that can help limit complications.
Many patients seek a minimally invasive surgery option for spine disease, in large part because of advertising. But it remains unclear how effective MIS techniques are in the spine.
Reducing surgical site infections is a top priority for Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health, which has formed a multidisciplinary team to monitor quality metrics and promote improvement.