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Faculty Rank: Associate Professor
Medical or Graduate Education:
Jefferson Medical College
Rush University Medical Center - Orthopedic Surgery
Emory University Hospital - Spine Surgery
Degenerative disc disease
Failed back syndrome
Lumbar disc replacement
Spine surgery, minimally invasive
Spine surgery, revision
Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.
Complications of Spinal Fusion With Utilization of Bone Morphogenetic Protein: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Singh K, Ahmadinia K, Park D, Nandyala SV, Marquez-Lara A, Patel AA, Fineberg SJ Spine 2013 Sep 10 :. ENG Clinical sequelae after rhBMP-2 use in a minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. Singh K, Nandyala SV, Marquez-Lara A, Cha TD, Khan SN, Fineberg SJ, Pelton MA Spine J 2013 Sep 13(9):1118-25. eng Author Response to Romero-Perez et al Letter-to-the-Editor Titled "Incidence and Mortality of Cardiac Events after Cervical Spine Surgery: "Modern" Statistical Adjustment and the Risk of Missing the Mark" Singh K Spine 2013 Oct 9 :. ENG Comparison Between Cervical Total Disc Replacement and Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion of 1-2 Levels from 2002-2009. Nandyala SV, Marquez-Lara A, Fineberg SJ, Singh K Spine 2013 Oct 9 :. ENG The Incidence, Risk Factors, and Mortality Associated With Aspiration in Cervical Spine Surgery. Fineberg SJ, Oglesby M, Patel AA, Singh K Spine 2013 May 23 :. ENG Hospital Outcomes and Complications of Anterior and Posterior Cervical Fusion With Bone Morphogenic Protein. Fineberg SJ, Ahmadinia K, Oglesby M, Patel AA, Singh K. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 2013 Mar 4. [Epub ahead of print] Patient Perceptions of Physician Reimbursement for Spine Surgery. Badlani N, Foran JR, Phillips FM, Pelton M, Singh K, Garfin SR, Allen RT. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 2013 Mar 25. [Epub ahead of print] The Incidence and Mortality of Peri-Operative Cardiac Events in Cervical Spine Surgery. Fineberg SJ, Oglesby M, Patel AA, Singh K. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 2013 Mar 12. [Epub ahead of print] Incidence and Risk Factors for Post-Operative Delirium following Lumbar Spine Surgery. Fineberg SJ, Nandyala SV, Oglesby M, Patel AA, Singh K Spine 2013 Jun 21 :. ENG Incidence and Risk Factors for Dysphagia following Anterior Cervical Fusion. Fineberg SJ, Marquez-Lara A, Nandyala SV, Patel AA, Singh K Spine 2013 Jul 18 :. ENG Incidence and mortality of cardiac events in lumbar spine surgery. Fineberg SJ, Ahmadinia K, Patel AA, Oglesby M, Singh K Spine 2013 Jul 15 38(16):1422-9. eng The Incidence and Mortality of Thromboembolic Events in Cervical Spine Surgery. Oglesby M, Fineberg SJ, Patel AA, Pelton MA, Singh K. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 2013 Jan 30. [Epub ahead of print] The Incidence and Mortality of Thromboembolic Events in Lumbar Spine Surgery. Fineberg SJ, Oglesby M, Patel AA, Pelton MA, Singh K. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 2013 Jan 15. [Epub ahead of print] Outcomes of Cervical Spine Surgery in Teaching and Non-Teaching Hospitals. Fineberg SJ, Oglesby M, Patel AA, Pelton MA, Singh K. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 2013 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print] Epidemiological Trends in Cervical Spine Surgery for Degenerative Disease Between 2002-2009. Oglesby M, Fineberg SJ, Patel AA, Pelton MA, Singh K. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 2013 Feb 11. [Epub ahead of print] Incidence and risk factors for gastrointestinal hemorrhage after lumbar fusion. Fineberg SJ, Kurd MF, Patel AA, Singh K Spine 2013 Aug 15 38(18):1584-9. eng A comparison of perioperative costs and outcomes in patients with and without workers' compensation claims treated with minimally invasive or open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. Pelton MA, Phillips FM, Singh K. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 2012 Oct 15 37(22):1914-9. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318257d490. Predictive factors of hospital stay in patients undergoing minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and instrumentation. Siemionow K, Pelton MA, Hoskins JA, Singh K. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 2012 Nov 15 37(24):2046-54. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31825c6688. Factors affecting reoperations after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion within and outside of a Federal Drug Administration investigational device exemption cervical disc replacement trial. Singh K, Phillips FM, Park DK, Pelton MA, An HS, Goldberg EJ. Spine J. 2012 2012 May 12(5):372-8. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2012.02.005. Epub 2012 Mar 16. Lumbar extracavitary corpectomy with a single stage circumferential arthrodesis: surgical technique and clinical series. Singh K, Park DK. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2012 2012 Jul 41(7):316-20. Minimally invasive thoracolumbar corpectomy and reconstruction. Khan SN, Cha T, Hoskins JA, Pelton M, Singh K. Orthopedics. 2012 2012 Jan 16 35(1):e74-9. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20111122-04. Subaxial cervical and cervicothoracic fixation techniques--indications, techniques, and outcomes. Pelton MA, Schwartz J, Singh K. Orthop Clin North Am. 2012 2012 Jan 43(1):19-28, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2011.08.002. Epub 2011 Oct 19. Review. Repeat use of human recombinant bone morphogenetic protein-2 for second level lumbar arthrodesis. Singh K, Dumonski M, Stanley T, Ponnappan R, Phillips FM. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 2011 Feb 1 36(3):192-6. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181cdd396. The relationship of intrapsoas nerves during a transpsoas approach to the lumbar spine: anatomic study. Park DK, Lee MJ, Lin EL, Singh K, An HS, Phillips FM. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2010 2010 Jun 23(4):223-8. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e3181a9d540. Percutaneous treatment of vertebral compression fractures: a meta-analysis of complications. Lee MJ, Dumonski M, Cahill P, Stanley T, Park D, Singh K. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 2009 May 15 34(11):1228-32. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181a3c742. Age-related changes in the extracellular matrix of nucleus pulposus and anulus fibrosus of human intervertebral disc. Singh K, Masuda K, Thonar EJ, An HS, Cs-Szabo G. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 2009 Jan 1 34(1):10-6. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31818e5ddd. Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 in the treatment of bone fractures. Ghodadra N, Singh K. Biologics. 2008 2008 Sep 2(3):345-54. Vertebroplasty comparing injectable calcium phosphate cement compared with polymethylmethacrylate in a unique canine vertebral body large defect model. Turner TM, Urban RM, Singh K, Hall DJ, Renner SM, Lim TH, Tomlinson MJ, An HS. Spine J. 2008 2008 May-Jun 8(3):482-7. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2006.12.007. Epub 2007 Mar 5. Lumbar spinal stenosis. Singh K, Samartzis D, Biyani A, An HS. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2008 2008 Mar 16(3):171-6. No abstract available. Cervical kyphosis and thoracic lordoscoliosis in a patient with cerebral palsy. Singh K, Samartzis D, Somera AL, An HS. Orthopedics. 2008 2008 Mar 31(3):276.
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No one wants to go see a spine surgeon. So I think everyone comes in with preconceived notions. Number one, that when you see a spine surgeon you’re going to be automatically be told that you need spine surgery. And the vast majority of patients don’t have surgery or don’t need surgery. So that’s one of the first misconceptions. And then what people also don’t understand is that — I think there’s a lot of publicity out there and bad press that spine surgery doesn’t work. It actually works very well. It’s just a question of being very careful in selecting which patients would benefit from it. And then the last thing, patients come in with a preconceived notion that there’s a high complication rate with spine surgery. If we look at just the routine procedures that we do for spine surgery, the complication rates are even lower than a total hip or total knee replacement, which most people don’t even think twice about having done. And so the fear of, will I be paralyzed, will I be able to walk again or move again, those are unfounded. And I spend the vast majority of my day addressing those kind of concerns.
Typically with minimally invasive surgery they leave the same day or the next morning. They’re up and walking right away, and so most patients regain a high level of functioning within a couple of weeks to a couple of months after their surgery.