Clinical research interests include the development of new, less invasive (both endoscopic and minimally invasive) treatment strategies for addressing spinal problems, from the very simple to the complex. Furthermore, multi-center trials are being performed to further help to identify means to help limit the approach-related morbidity of spinal surgery, as well as investigate up-and-coming technologies and their safety and efficacy in dealing with spinal disorders. Multi-disciplinary research investigating the effects of spine surgery on back musculature and it's functionality is under way. Biomechanical investigations are focusing on the traumatized spine and more minimally invasive, surgical means to heal the fractured spine. Finally, laboratory research efforts are specifically directed towards refining and improving various minimally-invasive surgical treatment statagies for approaching the spine.
Robert Eric Isaacs
Instrumented fusion plays an important role in treating a variety of degenerative and traumatic diseases of the spine.
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review of one surgeon's practice.
BACKGROUND: The number of spine operations performed in the elderly population is rising.
The authors have developed a novel technique for percutaneous fusion in which standard microendoscopic discectomy is modified.
STUDY DESIGN: Review of published literature.
OBJECT: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) implemented resident duty-hour restrictions on July 1, 2003, in concern for patient and resident safety.
Background Incidental durotomies occur in up to 17% of spinal operations. Controversy exists regarding the short- and long-term consequences of durotomies.