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Specialty Update   |    
What's New in Spine Surgery
Keith H. Bridwell, MD1; Paul A. Anderson, MD2; Scott D. Boden, MD3; Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD4; Jeffrey C. Wang, MD5
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, One Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza, Suite 11300 West Pavilion, Campus Box 8233, St. Louis, MO 63110. E-mail address: bridwellk@wudosis.wustl.edu
2 Department of Neurologic Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital, 600 Highland Avenue, Suite K4-736, Madison, WI 53792-0001. E-mail address: anderson@orthorehab.wisc.edu
3 The Emory Spine Center, Emory University School of Medicine, 59 Executive Park South, Suite 3000, Atlanta, GA 30329. E-mail address: scott_boden@emoryhealthcare.org
4 Rothman Institute at Jefferson, 925 Chestnut Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4216. E-mail address: alexvaccaro3@aol.com
5 University of California at Los Angeles Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, 1250 16th Street, 7th Floor Tower, Room 715, Santa Monica, CA 90404. E-mail address: jwang@mednet.ucla.edu
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Disclosure: The authors did not receive any outside funding or grants in support of their research for or preparation of this work. One or more of the authors or a member of his or her immediate family received, in any one year, payments or other benefits in excess of $10,000 or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity (Medtronic, Stryker, Pioneer Surgical Technology, St. Francis Medical Technologies). Also, a commercial entity (Medtronic, Osteotech, Synthes, Abbott Spine, DePuy) paid or directed in any one year, or agreed to pay or direct, benefits in excess of $10,000 to a research fund, foundation, division, center, clinical practice, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which one or more of the authors, or a member of his or her immediate family, is affiliated or associated.
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J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2007 Jul 01;89(7):1654-1663. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.G.00425
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The results of randomized controlled trials of several cervical arthroplasty devices are becoming available and are the focus of much attention. At the same time, secondary outcomes are being analyzed that may address socioeconomic concerns about the costs and observable benefits of arthroplasty. Since the introduction of a validated outcome tool to measure swallowing dysfunction, researchers have more critically analyzed postoperative dysphagia. With the continued expansion of the use of cervical laminoplasty, methods to reduce complications continue to be explored.
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