Best Practices

Physicians at the Cervical Spine Center are investigating the optimal treatment plan for patients after surgery. They review outcomes and imaging at specific time points so that patients improve after surgery and are not required to follow up when it is unnecessary. The program is meant to standardize care for patients before and after surgery. All patients are entered into the program if you have surgery at the Center.

Patient Satisfaction

All patients are evaluated for their experience at the Center with a specific survey that addresses care before, during, and after you have surgery.

Lumbar Fusion Longitudinal Study

The Center is evaluating patients’ outcomes over the past year and compiling one of the largest long-term studies. From this study, they are working on developing a risk score that stratifies your actual risk of complications after surgery based on your present history and symptoms.

Bone Growth Stimulation and Lumbar Fusion

In conjunction with DJO Global the Center is evaluating the use of Bone Growth Stimulation (BGS) after Lumbar Fusion to determine clinical utility in postoperative fusion and outcome.

Intraoperative Monitoring Cumulative Analysis

In conjunction with NeuroAlert, the Center is evaluating the clinical utility of lumbar surgery to enhance outcomes and prevent complications.

DTX Outcome Study

Physicians from the Center have developed DTX Software as an outcome tool to automatically evaluate patients through electronic Patient Reported Outcomes (ePRO). Other measures used by the software include Best Practices (described above), Pain Management, Spinal Cord Stimulator Placement Complications & Ketamine Infusion for Chronic Pain.

Medtronic Elevate Cage Study

The Center was contracted by Medtronic to elevate their experience with using the Elevate Interbody Cage in patients operated upon by Dr. Abrahams and colleagues. The study will be retrospective, evaluating fusion and outcome over the past two years.