Matthew D. Alvin

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STUDY DESIGN Morphometric and volumetric analyses and virtual screw placement. OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to (1) define the morphometric and volumetric dimensions of the laminae of C3-C7 and (2) analyze the feasibility of unilateral and bilateral translaminar screw placement at C3-C7. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Previous studies on translaminar(More)
UNLABELLED Back pain is commonly classified based on duration. There is currently limited information regarding differences in the clinical features of back pain between these duration-based groupings. Here, we compared the pain characteristics of patients with subacute (SBP; pain 6-16 weeks, n = 40) and chronic back pain (CBP; pain ≥1 year, n = 37)(More)
OBJECT Cost-effectiveness research in spine surgery has been a prominent focus over the last decade. However, there has yet to be a standardized method developed for calculation of costs in such studies. This lack of a standardized costing methodology may lead to conflicting conclusions on the cost-effectiveness of an intervention for a specific diagnosis.(More)
BACKGROUND Cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) is a novel motion-preserving procedure that is an alternative to fusion. The Mobi-C disc prosthesis, one of many Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved devices for CDA, is the only FDA-approved prosthesis for two-level CDA. Hence, it may allow for improved outcomes compared with multilevel fusion procedures.(More)
Thirty-six young adults (M age = 24.3 years) and 36 old adults (M age = 71.8 years) listened to four double-episode stories having either standard, interleaved, or scrambled structure. Two days later they were asked to recall the stories. Analysis of the mean number of nodes recalled revealed no age differences in the recall of standard and scrambled(More)
Study Design Retrospective cohort study. Objective We sought to assess the predictive value of preoperative depression and health state on 1-year quality-of-life outcomes after anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion (ACDF). Methods We analyzed 106 patients who underwent ACDF. All patients had either bilateral or unilateral cervical radiculopathy.(More)
OBJECT Studies comparing surgical treatments for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) are heterogeneous, using a variety of different quality of life (QOL) outcomes and myelopathy-specific measures. This study sought to evaluate the relationship of these measures to each other, and to better understand their use in evaluating patients with CSM. METHODS A(More)
OBJECT Infections following spine surgery negatively affect patient quality of life (QOL) and impose a significant financial burden on the health care system. Postoperative wound infections occur at higher rates following dorsal cervical procedures than ventral procedures. Quantifying the health outcomes and costs associated with infections following dorsal(More)
OBJECTIVE Membrane stabilizing agents (MSAs) improves function and reduces neuropathic pain in a subset of patients with LSS. No study has investigated the pre-treatment demographic and psychosocial factors associated with quality of life (QOL) outcomes following the use of MSAs. In this study we sought to create prediction models for post-treatment(More)