NW Spine Foundation organized a spinal coding seminar in 2014 with industry experts to discuss the best practices for property coding and processes for insurance approvals.
In September Dr. Tatsumi presented his prospective study on minimally invasive lumbar fusions in patients over age 65 at the Society for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Miami, FL. At the 4 year follow-up, patients who underwent a single level lumbar fusion to stabilize a degenerative spondylolisthesis had significant improvement in their physical function and decreased disability. Over 90% of the patients had a fusion, which is much higher than the reported rate of 65%.
In July Dr. Tatsumi accepted an invitation to speak on minimally invasive spine procedures and cervical disc replacement surgery at the Update In Orthopaedic Surgery Conference in Kauai, HI. Surgeons from around the world were interested in how technology can preserve spinal motion, and how spine surgery can be performed through a smaller incision allowing the patient to go home the same day.
In October Dr. Tatsumi accepted an invitation to speak to the judges of the Worker’s Compensation Board of Oregon about the benefits of cervical disc replacement. Recent research shows cervical disc replacement technology allows patients to return to work faster when compared to fusion patients. Additionally, the judges were very surprised a disc replacement can reduce the risk of adjacent level disc degeneration as compared to a fusion.