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Unsung Heroes - November 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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6 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 S ame-day spine is one of surgery's hottest spe- cialties thanks to several new technologies that are making complex surger- ies simpler for surgeons, more accurate and safer to perform, and less painful for patients. Let's look at the exciting devel- opments that are helping to push more procedures to outpatient ORs. • Restoring vertebrae height. Vertebroplasty and balloon kyphoplasty, the two most common treatments of vertebral compression fractures, have inherent drawbacks, according to Robert E. Jacobson, MD, a neurosurgeon and spine specialist with OMNI Spine Center in Miami, Fla. Vertebroplasty involves injecting cement to stabilize vertebrae fractures. The treatment works in a high percentage of patients Daniel Cook | Executive Editor Trends to Watch in Spine Surgery There are neat new options for fixing fractures, fusing bone and replacing discs. • SIDE ANGLE Joseph Blythe, MD, performs an oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF), a procedure that requires a smaller incision and less dissection than the anterior approach. Joseph Blythe, MD

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