Faculty Rank: Professor
Medical or Graduate Education:
West Virginia University School of Medicine
West Virginia University Hospitals - Neurological Surgery
Craniovertebral junction abnormalities
Degenerative disc disease
Spine surgery, minimally invasive
Cervical spine surgery
Skull base surgery
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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.
Relevance of early head CT scans following neurosurgical procedures: an analysis of 892 intracranial procedures at Rush University Medical Center. Fontes RB, Smith AP, Muñoz LF, Byrne RW, Traynelis VC J. Neurosurg. 2014 May 30 :1-6. Comparison of CT and MRI findings for cervical spine clearance in obtunded patients without high impact trauma. Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Traynelis VC Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2014 May 120:23-6. Kinetic analysis of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion supplemented with transarticular facet screws. Traynelis VC, Sherman J, Nottmeier E, Singh V, McGilvray K, Puttlitz CM, Leahy PD J Neurosurg Spine 2014 May 20(5):485-91. Rapidly progressive quadriparesis heralding disseminated coccidioidomycosis in an immunocompetent patient. Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Nag S, O'Toole JE, Traynelis VC J Clin Neurosci 2014 Jun 21(6):1049-51. Is cervical decompression beneficial in patients with coexistent cervical stenosis and multiple sclerosis? Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Muth CC, Stefoski D, Traynelis VC J Clin Neurosci 2014 Jul 31 Clinical and radiographic analysis of an artificial cervical disc: 7-year follow-up from the Prestige prospective randomized controlled clinical trial. Burkus JK, Traynelis VC, Haid RW, Mummaneni PV J Neurosurg Spine 2014 Jul 18 :1-13. Effect of machined interfacet allograft spacers on cervical foraminal height and area. Tan LA, Gerard CS, Anderson PA, Traynelis VC J Neurosurg Spine 2014 Feb 20(2):178-82. Os odontoideum in identical twins: Comparative gene expression analysis. Straus D, Xu S, Traynelis VC Surg Neurol Int 2014 5:37. Letter to the Editor: Surgical seroma. Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Traynelis VC J Neurosurg Spine 2013 Sep 27 Alternative Procedures for the Treatment of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Arthroplasty, Oblique Corpectomy, Skip Laminectomy: Evaluation of Comparative Effectiveness and Safety. Traynelis VC, Arnold PM, Fourney DR, Bransford RJ, Fischer DJ, Skelly AC Spine 2013 Sep 10 Cervical radiographical alignment: comprehensive assessment techniques and potential importance in cervical myelopathy. Ames CP, Blondel B, Scheer JK, Schwab FJ, Le Huec JC, Massicotte EM, Patel AA, Traynelis VC, Kim HJ, Shaffrey CI, Smith JS, Lafage V Spine 2013 Oct 15 38(22 Suppl 1):S149-60. Alternative procedures for the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy: arthroplasty, oblique corpectomy, skip laminectomy: evaluation of comparative effectiveness and safety. Traynelis VC, Arnold PM, Fourney DR, Bransford RJ, Fischer DJ, Skelly AC Spine 2013 Oct 15 38(22 Suppl 1):S210-31. Response. Traynelis VC, Greenlee JD J Neurosurg Spine 2013 Oct 19(4):524-5. Maintenance of certification: part 2--continuous certification. Hirsch JA, Becker GJ, Derdeyn CP, Jayaraman MV, Traynelis VC, Meyers PM. J Neurointerv Surg. 2013 2013 Mar 15. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. Iliac crest osteotomy to enhance exposure of the L4-5 interspace in minimally invasive lateral transpsoas interbody fusion: a cadaveric feasibility study. Fontes RB, Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 2013 Jan 18(1):13-7. doi: 10.3171/2012.10.SPINE12311. Epub 2012 Nov 9. A comparison of anterior surgical options for the treatment of multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy: A systematic review. Shamji MF, Massicotte EM, Traynelis V, Norvell DC, Hermsmeyer JT, Fehlings MG Spine 2013 Aug 16 Association of Myelopathy Scores with Cervical Sagittal Balance and Normalized Spinal Cord Volume: Analysis of 56 Preoperative Cases from the AOSpine North America Myelopathy Study. Smith JS, Lafage V, Ryan DJ, Shaffrey CI, Schwab FJ, Patel AA, Brodke D, Arnold PM, Riew KD, Traynelis V, Radcliff K, Vaccaro AR, Fehlings MG, Ames CP Spine 2013 Aug 16 Frequency, Timing and Predictors of Neurological Dysfunction in the Non-Myelopathic Patient With Cervical Spinal Cord Compression, Canal Stenosis, and/or Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament. Wilson JR, Barry S, Fischer DJ, Skelly AC, Arnold PM, Riew KD, Shaffrey C, Traynelis VC, Fehlings MG Spine 2013 Aug 16 Cervical Radiographic Alignment: Comprehensive Assessment Techniques and Potential Importance in Cervical Myelopathy. Ames CP, Blondel B, Scheer JK, Schwab F, Le Huec JC, Massicotte EM, Patel AA, Traynelis VC, Kim HJ, Shaffrey CI, Smith JS, Lafage V Spine 2013 Aug 16 Surgical Management of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: A Consensus Statement. Lawrence BD, Shamji MF, Traynelis VC, Yoon ST, Rhee JM, Chapman J, Brodke DS, Fehlings MG Spine 2013 Aug 16 Infection with spinal instrumentation: Review of pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, and management. Kasliwal MK, Tan LA, Traynelis VC Surg Neurol Int 2013 4(Suppl 5):S392-403. Cost Effectiveness of Single-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Five Years After Surgery. Carreon LY, Anderson PA, Traynelis VC, Mummaneni PV, Glassman SD. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 2012 Sep 13. [Epub ahead of print] Analysis of the three United States Food and Drug Administration investigational device exemption cervical arthroplasty trials. Upadhyaya CD, Wu JC, Trost G, Haid RW, Traynelis VC, Tay B, Coric D, Mummaneni PV. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 2012 Mar 16(3):216-28. doi: 10.3171/2011.6.SPINE10623. Epub 2011 Dec 23. Cervical pedicle screws. Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 2012 Mar 16(3):236; discussion 236-7. doi: 10.3171/2011.9.SPINE11703. Epub 2011 Dec 16. No abstract available. Editorial: Load-sharing score. Traynelis VC, Alahmadi H. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 2012 Jun 16(6):532-3. doi: 10.3171/2012.1.SPINE111007. Epub 2012 Apr 6. No abstract available. Editorial: cervical myelopathy. Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 2012 Jan 16(1):1; author reply 1. doi: 10.3171/2011.9.SPINE11659. Epub 2011 Oct 28. No abstract available. Editorial: traumatic sacral pseudomeningocele. Traynelis V. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 2012 Jan 16(1):77; author reply 77. doi: 10.3171/2011.8.SPINE11619. Epub 2011 Sep 23. No abstract available. Cervical decompression and reconstruction without intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring. Traynelis VC, Abode-Iyamah KO, Leick KM, Bender SM, Greenlee JD. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 2012 Feb 16(2):107-13. doi: 10.3171/2011.10.SPINE11199. Epub 2011 Nov 11. Return to work rates and activity profiles: are there differences between those receiving C-ADR and ACDF? Traynelis VC, Leigh BC, Skelly AC. Evid Based Spine Care J. 2012 2012 Feb 3(S1):47-52. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1298608. Hypertrophic posterior arch of atlas causing cervical myelopathy. Kasliwal MK, Traynelis VC. Asian Spine J. 2012 2012 Dec 6(4):284-6. doi: 10.4184/asj.2012.6.4.284. Epub 2012 Dec 14. Editorial: C-5 palsy and foraminal stenosis. Traynelis VC, Alahmadi HI. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 2012 Aug 17(2):101-2; discussion 102. doi: 10.3171/2012.3.SPINE12110. Epub 2012 May 25. No abstract available. Preservation of spinal instrumentation after development of postoperative bacterial infections in patients undergoing spinal arthrodesis. Ahmed R, Greenlee JD, Traynelis VC. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2012 2012 Aug 25(6):299-302. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e31821fbf72. Cervical clearance. Traynelis VC, Kasliwal MK. J Neurosurg. 2011 2011 Sep 115(3):536-9; discussion 539-40. doi: 10.3171/2011.2.JNS102121. Epub 2011 May 27. No abstract available. Interbody versus posterolateral fusion. Ryken T, Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2011 2011 Sep 15(3):292-3; discussion 293-4. doi: 10.3171/2010.12.SPINE10757. Epub 2011 May 27. No abstract available. Effect of deep wound infection following lumbar arthrodesis for degenerative disc disease on long-term outcome: a prospective study: clinical article. Falavigna A, Righesso O, Traynelis VC, Teles AR, da Silva PG. J Neurosurg Spine. 2011 2011 Oct 15(4):399-403. doi: 10.3171/2011.5.SPINE10825. Epub 2011 Jun 17. Vertebral compression fractures. O'Toole JE, Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2011 2011 May 14(5):555-9; discussion 559-60. doi: 10.3171/2010.10.SPINE10622. Epub 2011 Mar 4. No abstract available. Transpsoas approach and complications. Fontes RB, Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2011 2011 Jul 15(1):9-10; author reply p 10. doi: 10.3171/2010.12.SPINE10741. Epub 2011 Apr 8. No abstract available. C-2 neurectomy. Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2011 2011 Jul 15(1):1-2; author reply p 2. doi: 10.3171/2010.12.SPINE10774. Epub 2011 Apr 1. No abstract available. Spine shortening of tethered cord. Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2011 2011 Jul 15(1):19-20; author reply p 20. doi: 10.3171/2010.12.SPINE10725. Epub 2011 Apr 15. No abstract available. Failure of Porous Tantalum Cervical Interbody Fusion Devices: Two-year Results From a Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter Clinical Study. Kasliwal MK, Baskin DS, Traynelis VC. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2011 2011 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print] Cervical spinal cord, root, and bony spine injuries: a closed claims analysis. Hindman BJ, Palecek JP, Posner KL, Traynelis VC, Lee LA, Sawin PD, Tredway TL, Todd MM, Domino KB. Anesthesiology. 2011 2011 Apr 114(4):782-95. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e3182104859. Long-term clinical and radiographic outcomes of cervical disc replacement with the Prestige disc: results from a prospective randomized controlled clinical trial. Burkus JK, Haid RW, Traynelis VC, Mummaneni PV. J Neurosurg Spine. 2010 2010 Sep 13(3):308-18. doi: 10.3171/2010.3.SPINE09513. Anterior fixation of the axis. Traynelis VC, Fontes RB. Neurosurgery. 2010 2010 Sep 67(3 Suppl Operative):ons229-36; discussion ons236. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000381666.38707.65. Total subaxial reconstruction. Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2010 2010 Oct 13(4):424-34. doi: 10.3171/2010.4.SPINE09923. Occipital condyle fractures. Karam YR, Traynelis VC. Neurosurgery. 2010 2010 Mar 66(3 Suppl):56-9. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000365751.84075.66. Review. Posterolateral approaches to the craniovertebral junction. Karam YR, Menezes AH, Traynelis VC. Neurosurgery. 2010 2010 Mar 66(3 Suppl):135-40. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000365828.03949.D0. Review. Ectopic bone. Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2010 2010 Jan 12(1):39. doi: 10.3171/2009.5.SPINE09338. No abstract available. Onset of symptomatic hydrocephalus requiring emergency cerebrospinal fluid diversion following high-voltage electrical burn injury. Ackerman LL, Ryken TC, Kealey GP, Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg. 2010 2010 Feb 112(2):394-8. doi: 10.3171/2009.7.JNS09578. Achondroplasia and cervical laminoplasty. Yoshii J, Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2009 2009 Oct 11(4):417-20. doi: 10.3171/2009.4.SPINE09164. Use of cervical collar after single-level anterior cervical fusion with plate: is it necessary? Campbell MJ, Carreon LY, Traynelis V, Anderson PA. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 2009 Jan 1 34(1):43-8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318191895d. Role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of bacterial spinal osteomyelitis. Ahmed R, Severson MA, Traynelis VC. J Neurosurg Spine. 2009 2009 Jan 10(1):16-20. doi: 10.3171/2008.10.SPI08606. Thoracolumbar spinal deformity: evaluation and treatment. Prefaces. Benzel EC, Resnick DK, Traynelis VC. Neurosurgery. 2008 2008 Sep 63(3 Suppl):2-3. doi: 10.1227/01.neu.0000337130.60055.f2. No abstract available. Anatomy and biomechanics of normal craniovertebral junction (a) and biomechanics of stabilization (b). Menezes AH, Traynelis VC. Childs Nerv Syst. 2008 2008 Oct 24(10):1091-100. doi: 10.1007/s00381-008-0606-8. Epub 2008 Apr 4. Review. Fusions at the craniovertebral junction. Ahmed R, Traynelis VC, Menezes AH. Childs Nerv Syst. 2008 2008 Oct 24(10):1209-24. doi: 10.1007/s00381-008-0607-7. Epub 2008 Apr 4. Review. Cervical disc arthroplasty compared with fusion in a workers' compensation population. Steinmetz MP, Patel R, Traynelis V, Resnick DK, Anderson PA. Neurosurgery. 2008 2008 Oct 63(4):741-7; discussion 747. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000325495.79104.DB. Inhibitors of EGFR signaling retard cytotoxicity of fenretinide in rat gliosarcoma cells Zaheer A, Sahu SK, Traynelis VC Neurochem Res 2008 Jan 33(1):22-6 Laminoplasty. Traynelis V. J Neurosurg Spine. 2008 2008 Dec 9(6):528; discussion 528-9. doi: 10.3171/SPI.2008.8.08562. No abstract available.
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It’s always been my philosophy to explain everything that I believe the patient should know to the patient, so that when we finish there are very few questions because I’ve given them the information that they want. I go over all of the X-rays and scans with them in detail, and explain them. And I will always answer any question. So despite this comprehensive information exchange, I will answer every question they have. If they have a hundred questions, we will answer a hundred questions. And the advantage, I think, is that they understand exactly, as best as possible, what is wrong with them and what their options are.
We communicate both the published outcomes to the patient, as well as I will inform them of what my specific outcomes are. And this helps empower them to make the decision. And for many of the things that we choose to do, the outcomes are excellent. And that helps calm fears, and allows them to enter the surgery with a very positive attitude.