Leaders in Advanced Spine Research
The Spine Center actively performs research to find the
latest, most effective, minimally invasive spine treatments for patients. The
goal of these efforts is to ensure that we deliver high quality spine care that
helps you return to daily activities and regain a quality lifestyle without
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Our physician researchers are currently exploring
environmental and anatomical factors that can lead to back problems. We are
exploring new spine surgery techniques to decrease the length of time a patient
stays in the hospital or how long it takes to recover after surgery. Examples
of other current research are listed below:
Causes of Scoliosis
Dr. Tadhg O’Gara is examining strategies to prevent scoliosis in
both children and adults, using altered body mechanics and other techniques.
Spinal Fusion Alternative
Researchers are exploring a novel non-fusion spine
stabilizing technology that can be used in place of traditional spinal fusion
techniques. This minimally invasive method uses springs to stiffen the nerves,
preserve motion and reduce joint pressure.
Spine Cancer Treatment
Dr. Wesley Hsu is partnering with a leading biomechanical research
group to assess new spinal instrumentation techniques for safety and
effectiveness. He is also researching new ways to target spine cancer by
exploring the origin of different cancers.
Our physicians are researching various aspects of spine
care, including how to prevent spinal cord injuries, fracture patterns and how
patients walk and move before and after spinal stenosis surgery.
Spine Surgery Outcomes
The Spine Center participates in the National Neurosurgery
Quality and Outcomes Database (N²QOD), a national spine surgery clinical
registry and outcomes database. N²QOD assesses outcomes, quality and the
effectiveness of spine surgeries that we perform. Our participation in this
process ensures that our patients receive the highest quality surgical care