National Spine Outcomes Registry To Offer Clarity on Surgical Options

March 18, 2014 in News

A team of researchers is developing a national registry of surgical outcomes for upper spine procedures to help patients and doctors compare the benefits, safety and cost-effectiveness of various treatments, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Details of Registry

The creation of the registry is part of a three-year study funded in part by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and NIH.

The database aims to provide clarity on which of the three leading surgical procedures to fix spinal cord compression provides patients with the best outcome.

The procedures are:

  • Front or ventral decompression and fusion, which costs an average of $19,245;
  • A back of the neck technique and fusion, which costs an average of $29,465; and
  • A back of the next technique and a laminoplasty, which costs an average of $12,000.

Lead study author Zoher Ghogawala — a neurosurgeon and co-director of the Comparative Research Effectiveness Center at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass. — said, “[T]here is a lack of information about what the best option is based on their specific symptoms and diagnosis” (Landro/Deal, Wall Street Journal, 3/17).

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