Spine Physician Resource Center

Merit Medical developed this online Spine Resource Center as a way to support you in your spine practice. The following tools are designed to educate patients and other healthcare professionals about vertebroplasty, vertebral augmentation (kyphoplasty), and spinal tumor ablation treatments. Referring physician resources, clinical resources, reimbursement support, and data and studies are available on this page as well.

You are invited to use any of these assets to support your practice.

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Patient Education Tools

You are invited to use these tools to support your practice in your office and online.

Licensed Resources

Merit grants permission to reproduce and use certain text, illustrations, and videos about SPINE for your website, social media, and patient education per the license agreement.

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Fill out the order form to have patient education tools, such as patient brochures and other patient awareness materials shipped to you at no cost.

Referring Physician Education

Collaborate with fellow physicians using Merit’s peer-to-peer presentations that address important topics, including patient selection, clinical evidence supporting interventional spine procedures, and more.

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Physician Support

To make your life easier, Merit provides updated coding and reimbursement information. A CMS Physician Fee Schedule look-up tool provides information for more than 10,000 physician services.

CMS Look-up Tool

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Fee Schedule look-up tool provides Medicare Physician Fee Schedule information for more than 10,000 physician services. The CMS tool may be accessed here.

Data and Studies

Browse our list of key therapy studies with these quick links to abstracts and useful data summaries.

Anchala, P. R., Irving, W. D., Hillen, T. J., et al. (2014). Treatment of metastatic spinal lesions with a navigational bipolar radiofrequency ablation device: A multicenter retrospective study. Pain Physician, Jul-Aug;17(4):317-327. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25054391

Anchala Summary

Bagla, S., Sayed, D., Smirniotopoulos, J., et al. (2016). Multicenter prospective clinical series evaluating radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of painful spine metastases. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol, Sep;39(9):1289-1297. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27343124

Bagla Summary

Bornemann, R., Hanna, M., Kabir, K., et al. (2012). Continuing conservative care versus crossover to radiofrequency kyphoplasty: A comparative effectiveness study on the treatment of vertebral body fractures. Eur Spine J, May;21(5):930-936. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22234722

Bornemann Summary

Di Staso, M., Zugaro, L., Gravina, G. L., et al. (2011). A feasibility study of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation followed by radiotherapy in the management of painful osteolytic bone metastases. Eur Radiol, Sep;21(9):2004-2010. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21533865

Di Staso Summary

Hillen, T. J., Anchala, P., Friedman, M. V., et al. (2014). Treatment of metastatic posterior vertebral body osseous tumors by using a targeted bipolar radiofrequency ablation device: Technical note. Radiology, Oct;273(1):261-267. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24927327

Hillen Summary

Pflugmacher, R., Bornemann, R., Koch, E. M., et al. (2012). Comparison of clinical and radiological data in the treatment of patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures using radiofrequency kyphoplasty or balloon kyphoplasty. Z Orthop Unfall, Feb;150(1):56-61. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21993914

Pflugmacher Summary