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CsC Interbody Device / Source: Amedica Corporation
CsC Interbody Device / Source: Amedica Corporation

No DBM. No Allograft. No Bone Void Fill. Better Fusion? Really?

No DBM? No Autograft? No Bone Void Fill of any kind? Could spine surgeons be weaned off using autograft in their PEEK spacers? A new study, Amedica’s CASCADE randomized study of 104 patients makes the elegant argument that it is indeed possible. But, who’d want to save money or complete surgery faster? Anyone?

“From Kabul With Love” – Dr. Sabit’s Misadventures

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Kabul Airport/Wikipedia.org
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Kabul Airport/Wikipedia.org

Aria Sabit, M.D., a spine surgeon, comes from a blue blood Afghan political family. He went to California, joined a POD, got sued by the government and headed for Michigan. Where, the government is alleging, he billed Medicare for scam surgeries. Then things got really weird in an international, hidden gemstones, “Topkapi” kind of way.

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