AOSpine, Scoliosis Research Society collaboration produces impactful research for adult spinal deformity patients undergoing complex surgery

11. October 2018

AOSpine-SRS Scoli-RISK-1 study 2 year results

AOSpine KF Deformity steering committee and associates met at the Global Spine Congress 2018 in Singapore.
A landmark study collaboration by AOSpine together with the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has published its two-year results in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery​ (JBJS). The Scoli-RISK-1 study evaluates the neurologic complications associated with surgical correction of complex adult spinal deformity, and is an example of AOSpine's successful collaboration with another leading society (SRS).

"Even for someone who has practiced spinal deformity surgery for 27 years, one of the biggest fears is that the patient has neurologic complications during these complex operations," principal investigator (PI) Lawrence Lenke explains. Co-PI Michael Fehlings agrees that even with the many advances in adult spinal deformity (ASD) techniques, the risk of peri-operative neurologic deficits remains high. 

For the first time, the prospective multicenter observational study Scoli-RISK-1 did a formal neurologic assessment of patients undergoing complex ASD surgery. The study involved 15 participating institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia, and complications and patient reported outcomes from 272 patients collected from before surgery to up to 2-years postoperative.

Michael Fehlings sees collaboration possibilities between the AOSpine Knowledge Forums in developing guidelines and care pathways.

"The AO has a high integrity scientific process for collecting this kind of data and translating it into meaningful outcomes. Both the data we acquired and the AO tracking and processing it, helping us present and publish it, it is a class act, it's like a well-oiled machine," Lawrence Lenke says.

Find out more about this landmark collaborative study and learn how this data helps us understand risks and increase patient satisfaction – here​.