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Dr. Lorio answers questions in this editorial on why he became involved with the Spine Health Foundation, the biggest need for spine care, and where he would like to see the in the foundation’s future. Dr. Lorio is the organization’s official spokesperson.

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Dr. Morgan Lorio recently visited with former patient Sandy Freeman and her husband Dave. Sandy returned to the hospital to thank Dr. Lorio for the compassionate care he delivered after she was struck by a car while riding her motorcycle. She praised Dr. Lorio for his superior work to repair multiple fractures. The Freemans were visiting the region when the accident happened.
(Source: ”The Wellmont News: Bristol Regional Edition”)

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New Vertebral Fracture Augmentation SystemFebruary 13, 2015

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Dr. Lorio is the lead author of one of two studies that were presented at ISASS12. The article was written in the May 2012 edition of Spinal News International.
Dr. Lorio says this new technique seems a beneficial option in the treatment of painful vertebral compression fractures. He also stated that, ” The implant is designed to improve symptomatic patients suffering from vertebral compression fractures between T6 and L5 by providing internal structure fixation prior to cement delivery – unlike a balloon-type device.”
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Abstract:
Few reports exist regarding the use of an artificial dermal substitute ([ADS] Integra™) in the treatment of finger injuries. This retrospective case series evaluated the use of ADS as a bridge for finger reconstruction following complex injuries. The authors’ facility treated 26 complex finger injury patients using ADS. Graft take was 92.3% (22/26), with most patients experiencing satisfactory range of motion (88.5% or 23/26). The authors conclude that ADS, as a bridge for reconstruction of complex finger injuries, offers advantages, such as improved contour, functionality, and decreased need for native flaps. Read full article here

Acknowledgements
All patients have been informed of potential publication and all steps to ensure patient confidentiality have been taken. All authors have had access to all data, have seen and approved this manuscript, and have no financial conflicts or other interests to disclose.

References
1. Moiemen NS, Vlachou E, Staiano JJ, Thawy Y, Frame JD. Reconstructive surgery with Integra dermal regeneration template: histological study, clinical evaluation, and current practice. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006;117(7 Suppl):160S–174S.
2. Evans DM, Bernardis C. A new classification for fingertip injuries. J Hand Surg Br. 2000;25(1):58–60.
3. Bhavsar D, Tenenhaus M. The use of acellular dermal matrix for coverage of exposed joint and extensor mechanism in thermally injured patients with few options. Eplasty. 2008;8:e33.
Morgan P. Lorio, MD, FACS; Sarah Howell, BS, MS; and Brandon M. Lewis, AS are from the Neuro-Spine Solutions, P.C., Bristol, TN. Georgios Ziakas, MD is from Grundy Surgical, Richmond, TX. Kimberly Masker, CHT is from The Hand Center, Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, TN.

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Morgan P. Lorio, MD, FACS
Neuro-Spine Solutions, P.C.
240 Medical Park Blvd., Ste 2700
Bristol, TN 37620
mplmd@neurospinesolutions.net

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“To exclude patients from fusion will save money; rationing spinal care will cripple the back bone of America.”
On July 12, 1982 at 10am I fell approximately 35 feet at work from scaffolding and literally broke my back. I recovered from the fractures but suffered from an insidious onset of low back degenerative disc disease. This problem was underscored in 1997 as I required an L5/S1 diskectomy for left leg radiculopathy. My leg pain was greatly improved but my back pain worsened. By 2005 I was wearing a TENS unit ramped up to the maximum and requiring cortico-steroids and anti-inflammatory treatments to have anything akin to a normal life. Crippled and hunched over by the pain, claudicating at 50 feet my patient, a nurse, who was scheduled for surgery cancelled until I got better so that I could perform her spinal surgery.
I had a discographic workup by Dr. Charles April and then had a combined intertransverse facet fusion with PLIF interbody by Dr. John Logan and Dr. Donald Dietze; orthopedic and neurosurgeon respectively.
Since the fusion I no longer require meds for my previous spinal maladies. I no longer am imprisoned in a back brace for support. I have a healthier professional, social, and family life. With a new back I was able to hunt for red stag in the Andes, and return to Asia to adopt my fourth child; and yes, repair the nurse I mentioned earlier. As the official spokesperson for Spine Health Foundation I have helped spearhead a project that provides spine care, yes fusion at times, to those uninsured or under insured.
A British philosopher in the 1900′s said “In the last resort, we must accept as true a proposition of which the negation is inconceivable”. Yes, lumbar fusion works for degenerative disc disease. Aesop said “Every truth has two sides. It is well to look at both sides before we commit ourselves to either side”. To exclude patients from fusion will save money; rationing spinal care will cripple the back bone of America.
Morgan Lorio, MD
Chair
ISASS Coding and Rembursement Task Force
AHRQ has requested comments on spinal fusion for painful lumbar degenerative disc or joint diseases.
The deadline for comments is 11:59pm on February 21, 2012. Visit this link to submit your comments:
AHRQ: Comments on Key Questions

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Morgan Lorio, MD, FACS, will chair the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery’s Coding & Reimbursement Task Force, according to an ISASS news release.
Dr. Lorio is a graduate of Louisiana State University, currently practices at Neuro-Spine Solutions and works as an assistant clinical professor at East Tennessee State University located in Johnson City, Tenn.
Dr. Lorio fulfilled an orthopedic residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed the Simmons Spine Fellowship, a clinical practice fellowship with Dr. Hanson Yuan at the Health Science Center in Syracuse, N.Y., as well as a hand and microsurgery fellowship at The Hand Center of Western New York in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Evaluation of Spine Fusion Cases Using OptecureFebruary 12, 2015

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The results and conclusion of patient outcomes following lumbar spine fusion surgery using demineralized bone matrix is shown.

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AANS Abstract on Facet Replacement StudyFebruary 12, 2015

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This abstract includes the methods, results, and colculsions of the treatment of 110 Symptomatic Lumbar Stenosis Patients at 16 centers in a FDA Facet Replacement Study.

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Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCF) are a burgeoning problem for the aging spine. OsseoFix had developed a spinal fracture reduction system to improve symptomatic patients from suffering VCF.

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Prodisc for Total Disc ReplacementFebruary 12, 2015

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Prodisc is used in spinal fusion surgery for the treatment of degenerative disc disease. It can be used in both These discs are designed to relieve back, neck and arm pain associated with degenerative disc disease.

PRODISC example in the lumbar spine of the lower back.

PRODISC example in the cervical spine of the neck.

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