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    • For Spinal Fusion Surgery Patients, Taking Opioids Before Surgery Is Major Risk Factor for Long-Term Opioid Use

      Published Jul 26 2018, 10:08 AM by Wolters Kluwer Health
      • Spine

      Patients taking opioids for at least three months before spinal fusion surgery in the lower spine are much more likely to continue taking opioids one year after surgery, reports a study in Spine. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

    • Online Reviews of Spine Surgeons – Staff and Office Factors May Negatively Affect Ratings

      Published Jul 05 2018, 10:00 AM by Wolters Kluwer Health
      • Spine

      Spine surgeons earn high ratings for their skill and good clinical outcomes on internet review sites – but are more likely to receive negative ratings and comments on factors pertaining to clinic staff, billing, and wait times, reports a landmark study in Spine. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

    • Chronic Opioids Linked to Increased Complications after Spinal Fusion Surgery

      Published Mar 21 2018, 10:31 AM by Wolters Kluwer Health
      • Spine

      Patients who have been taking opioid pain relievers for several months before spinal fusion surgery are at increased risk of complications after their surgery, reports a study in the journal Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer.

    • Durotomy: A Common Complication of Spinal Surgery – and an Important Factor in Some Malpractice Cases

      Published Dec 04 2017, 01:30 AM by Wolters Kluwer Health
      • Spine

      Incidental durotomy—small tears of the outer membrane of the spinal cord—are a common occurrence in spinal surgery, and may lead to litigation. Most malpractice cases associated with dural tear end in a ruling in favor of the surgeon, reports a study in the journal Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer.

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