Best Spine Surgeon NYC

Herniated Disc Surgery Specialists of NYC, located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, NY is spearheaded by the best in class NYC board certified orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Sean McCance whose credentials include: 

I have lived with this pain for many years but until the pain became completely intolerable and I couldn’t move my legs. Eleven days lost op i am walking and almost fell normal. Pre surgery, I cried every day due to the fear of never walking again or walking crooked or simply ending up worse than I was before. It was all for nothing. If you’re considering back surgery and are scared out of your mind, trust me I’ve been there. Please consider the possibility that this could be the best decision of your life. I trust Dr. McCance without any hesitation or reservation. All in all, I did it a year and half ago for my neck and now he did my lumbar L5-S1 anterior and posterior! I will not say it’s easy but i know his skills are amazing and i will be back to normal in no time. Thank you Dr. McCance you have changed my life in a way that you will never truly understand. ~ HealthGrades

EDUCATION:
POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING:
  • General Surgery Internship, University of Rochester – Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, University of Rochester – Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
  • Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Minnesota Spine Center, Minneapolis, MN (now named Twin Cities Spine Center)
    Mentors: Dr. Robert Winter, Dr. Frances Denis
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:
  • Coordinator of Spine Education, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University School of Medicine Clinical Assistant Attending, Mt. Sinai Hospital
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Mt. Sinai Hospital
HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS:
  • Assistant Adjunct, Orthopaedic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
  • Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NYU Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Associate Medical Staff, Orthopaedic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York
  • Co-Director of Spine Surgery, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
OTHER PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:
  • Staff Spine Surgeon, ProHealth Associates, Lake Success, NY
  • Director, Spine Associates, New York, NY
CERTIFICATION:
LICENSURE:
AWARDS AND HONORS:
HOSPITAL COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS:
  • Resident Selection Committee, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Lenox Hill Hospital “Surgical Implant Costs” Task Force
  • Education Committee, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedics
  • Resident Selection Committee, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mt. Sinai Hospital
SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:
RESEARCH INTERESTS:
  • Long-term outcomes of instrumented lumbar fusions for degenerative disease
  • Innovative surgical techniques for spine surgery
  • Cervical spine fixation techniques
  • Post-surgical athletic rehabilitation
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
HOSPITAL/CLINICAL SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES:
TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
  • Coordinator of Spine Education, Lenox Hill Hospital (1997 – 2006)
  • Moderator of Spine Section, Alumni Research Day, Lenox Hill Hospital (1998 – 2002)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine (2000)
  • Yearly “Spinal Surgery” lectures series, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mt. Sinai Hospital New York, 4 to 5 lectures focusing on different aspects of spinal surgery (2000 – Present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai of Hospital (2001)
  • Coordinator of monthly “Spine Club” meeting at Lenox Hill Hospital (2003)
  • Resident Education, Mount Sinai Department of Orthopaedics (2006 – Present)
NATIONAL MEETINGS/CME:
  • 1997, Scoliosis Research Society, Ontario, Canada
  • 1998, Scoliosis Research Society, St. Louis, MO
  • 1998, North American Spine Society, New York, NY
  • 1999, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Anaheim, CA
  • 1999, Danek Spine Meetings, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 1999, “Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery – AAOS”, P.A.W.T.S., St. Louis, MO
  • 1999, International Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Cambridge, England
  • 1999, North American Spine Society, Chicago, IL
  • 2000, “Challenges is Spine Surgery” – EBI Conference, San Diego, CA
  • 2001, Scoliosis Research Society, Cleveland, OH
  • 2002, Cervical Spine Research Society, Miami, FL
  • 2003, Surgical visitation, Harms Spine Surgery Center, Langensteinbach, Germany, Feb 16-Feb 21, 2003
  • 2003, Scoliosis Research Society, Quebec City, CanadaSpondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis A Review – Sept 10, 2003 (CME 6 Hours)
  • 2003, Scoliosis Research Society, Quebec City, Canada, 38th Annual Meeting Sept 11-Sept 13, 2003 (CME 15 Hours)
  • 2003, “Bone Graft Substitutes: Presents, Future, the next Generation” New York, NY Oct 2, 2003 (CME 2 Hours)
  • 2003, Cervical Spine Research Society, Scottsdale, Arizona, 31st Annual Meeting Dec 11, 2003-Dec 13 (CME 17 Hours)
  • 2004, Scoliosis Research Society Tutorial, DuPont Children’s Hospital Wilmington, Delaware, “L5 Vertebrectomy for Spondyloptosis”, Dr. Robert Gaines – Feb 24
  • 2004, Surgical Visitation, Dr. Lawrence Lenke, Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis, Missouri, “Thoracic Pedicle Screw Placement” –March 4, 2004, “Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy” – March 5, 2004
  • 2004, 3rd Annual Emerging Technologies in Spine Surgery, Washington, DC Sept 30-Oct 3 (CME 16 Hours)
  • 2004, North America Spine Society – 19th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL Oct 27-Oct 30, 2004 (CME 18.75 Hours)
  • 2004, Cervical Spine Research Society, Boston, Mass Dec 9-Dec 12 (CME 24 Hours)
  • 2005, Charite Artificial Disk Training Course, Cincinnati, OH Feb 15-Feb 16
  • 2005, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Washington, DC Feb-24
  • 2005, Surgical Visitation, Dr. Boachie-Adjei, Hospital for Special Surgery Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy New York, NY
  • 2005, Spine Arthroplasty Society 5 New York, NY May 4-My 7 (CME 18 Hours)
  • 2005, Scoliosis Research Society – 40th Annual Meeting Miami, Fl Oct 27-Oct 30 (CME 19 Hours)
  • 2006, Surgical Visitation, Harms Spine Surgery Center, Langensteinbach, Germany, Apr 3-Apr 7
  • 2008, Surgical Visitation, Harms Spine Surgery Center, Langensteinbach, Germany, April
  • 2008, Osteobiologics and Osteotomies, Salt Lake City, UT (CME 7 Hours)
  • 2008, Scoliosis Research Society, Salt Lake City, UT, 43rd Annual Meeting, Sept 11 – Sept 13 (CME 16.5 Hours)
  • 2008, Cervical Spine Research Society, Austin, TX, 36th Annual Meeting and 13th Instruction Course, Dec 3 – Dec 6 (CME 24.75 Hours)
  • 2009, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting Las Vegas, NV, Feb 25 (CME 27 Hours)
  • 2009, Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, New York, NY, MLMIC Proactive Risk Management Follow-Up Program III, Sep 4 (CME 6 Hours)
  • 2010, Expert Techniques for Complex Cervical Surgery NASS, May 14-15, 2010 (CME 13 Credits), Cervical Spine Research Society – 38TH Annual Meeting, Cervical Spine Research Society – 13th Instructional Course, Charlotte, NC Dec 1-Dec 4 (CME 23.75 Credits)
  • 2011, Spinal Concepts (North Shore-LIJ-LHH), Feb 2, 2011 (2 CME), Mar 2, 2011 (2 CME), Apr 4, 2011 2 CME, (Continued), Oct 4, 2011, 2 CME, Dec 6, 2011, (2 CME)
  • 2011, MLMIC Proactive Risk Management Program IV, August 28, 2011, (5 CME)
  • 2011, Scoliosis Research Society 46th Annual Meeting & Combined Course, Louisville, KY September 14-17 (CME 25.5 Credits)
  • 2011, North American Spine Society-26th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL November 2-5 (CME 9 Credits)
  • 2012, North American Spine Society – Evaluation and Treatment of Adult Spinal Deformity: Hands-On Course; Burr Ridge, March 16-17 (CME 13.5 credits)
  • 2012, Spinal Concepts (North Shore-LIJ-LHH) June 5, 2012 (2 CME)
  • 2012, Scoliosis Research Society 47th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il Sept 6-8 (CME 21.50 Credits)
  • 2012, North American Spine Society 27th Annual Meeting, Dallas, Tx. Oct. 24-27 (CME 19.50 Credits)
  • 2012, Cervical Spine Research Society – 40th Annual Meeting and Instructional Course – Chicago, Il. Dec 5-8 (CME 27 Credits)
  • 2013, Cervical Spine Research Society-41st Annual Meeting and Instructional Course-Los Angeles, CA Dec 4-7 (CME 28.25 Credits)
  • 2015 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY Multidisciplinary Spine Oncology Symposium April 17 and 18. (12.5 CME)
  • Scoliosis Research Society 50th Annual Meeting & Combined Course, Minneapolis, Minnesota Sept 30-Oct 3 (CME 26.75 Credits)
  • 2016, Adult Spine Self-Assessment Exam- AAOS Online – 10/18/2016 – 10 Credits
  • 2016, North American Spine Society 31st Annual Meeting, Boston, Ma. Oct 26-29 (CME 27 Credits)
  • 2017, Managing Pain and Opioid Use – Boston University School of Medicine, Compliance with NYState Prescribing Laws June 23, 2017 (3 CME Credits)
  • 2017, Infection Control Training Program – Northwell Health –Nov 9, 2017 (3 CME Credits)
  • 2018, Spine C Self-Assessment Exam – FORE/ACCME (15 AMA/ 10SAE CME)
  • 2018, MLMIC Proactive Risk Management Program VII – May 21, 2018 (8 Credits)
  • 2018, Scoliosis Research Society 53rd Annual Meeting & Course, Bologna, Italy, October 10-13, (CME 28 Credits)
  • 2019, Scoliosis Research Society 54th Annual Meeting & Course, Montreal, Canada Sept 18-21, (CME 25.75 Credits)
  • 2019, Cervical Spine Research Society
  • 2019, 5th Annual International Spinal Deformity Symposium, New York, NY Dec 6-7, (CME 13.0 Credits)
  • 2020, MLMIC Proactive Risk Management Course VIII – May 28, 2020 – 6.5 Credits
  • 2020, Multi-Rod Constructs in Adult Spinal Deformity Patients – Oct. 21, 2020 (1 Credit) Medical Education Resources
  • 2021, Scoliosis Research Society 56th Annual Meeting Hybrid Activity St Louis, Mo. Sept. 21- Dec 31, 2021 (CME 26.75 Credits)
  • 2022, MLMIC Proactive Risk Management Course IX – April 15, 2022 (6.5 Credits)
  • 2022, 8th International Spinal Deformity Symposium – New York, NY. Dec 2-3, 2022 (CME 10.5 Credits)
  • 2022, NYCMISS 2022-16TH Endoscopy, Robotics, 3D Navigation, Augmented Reality Symposium, “Case Based and Hands-On” -New York, NY. Dec 15-17, 2022 -18.75 Credits
  • 2023 InforMed NY Medical Licensure Program: Effective Management of Acute and Chronic Pain with Opioid Analgesics (CME 3 Credits), Infection Control in Health Care Setting (CME 2 Credits) – Feb 24, 2023
NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS:
  • McCance SE, Totterman SM, Miller RJ. “Comparison of Wrist MRI with Arthroscopy in Evaluation of TFCC, SL and LT Ligament Tears”, AOA-Resident’s Conference 1994, Pittsburgh, PA
  • McCance SE, O’Keefe R, Constine S, Rosier R. “The Effect of Radiation on Bone Density,” Eastern Orthopaedic Association, October 1996, Hilton hotel, NC
  • McCance SE, Denis F, Lonstein JE, Winter RB. “Coronal and Sagittal Balance in Surgically Treated Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis with the King II Curve Pattern,” Scoliosis Research Society, September 1997, St. Louis, Missouri
  • McCance SE, Denis F, Lonstein JE, Winter RB. “Coronal and Sagittal Balance in Surgically Treated Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis with the King II Curve Pattern,” North American Spine Society, October 1997, New York, NY
  • O’Leary PF, McCance SE. “Distraction Laminoplasty: A New Surgical Technique for the Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis,” International Intradiscal Therapy Society for Minimal Intervention in Spinal Surgery – Combined Meeting, August 1999, Cambridge, England
  • O’Leary PF, McCance SE. “Distraction Laminoplasty: A New Surgical Technique for the Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis,” AAOS, Orlando FL, March 2000. (Poster Presentation)
  • Paraventini H, McCance SE, Zikria B, O’Leary PF. “Unplated Harms Cage in Anterior Cervical Fusion – A Clinical and Radiographical Review,” Cervical Spine Research Society, December 2002, Miami, FL. (Poster Presentation)
  • Paraventini H, McCance SE, Zikria B, O’Leary PF. “Unplated Harms Cage in Anterior Cervical Fusion – A Clinical and Radiographical Review,” World Spine Conference 2, Chicago, IL August 2003. (Poster Presentation)
  • Sorin A, McCance SE, Voigt E. “Anterior Approach to the Cervical Spine,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, Orlando, FL September 2003. (Scientific Poster Presentation)
  • Chu, A., McCance, SE. “Postoperative Wound Infection Rate in Adult Lumbar Spine Surgery,” Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation New York Metropolitan Area Resident Research Symposium, Lenox Hill Hospital – May 21, 2004
  • Chu, A, McCance, SE. “Postoperative Wound Infection Rate in Adult Lumbar Spine Surgery,” Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation New York Metropolitan Area Resident Research Symposium, Lenox Hill Hospital May 21, 2004
LECTURES:
  • Monthly “Spinal Surgery” Resident Education lecture, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY 1997 –present (comprehensive curriculum, 12 lectures per year)
  • “Selective Thoracic Fusion in Scoliosis”, Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY Oct 1997
  • “Idiopathic Scoliosis”, Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY Nov 1997
  • “Surgical approach to lumbar spinal stenosis”, Grand Rounds, Department of Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY Jan 1998
  • “Treatment approach to lumbar spinal stenosis”, Total Joint Replacement Conference, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY April 1998
  • “Disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine”, Public Lecture, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY June 1998
  • “Adolescent spondylolisthesis – Case Presentation”, Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY Oct 1998
  • “Adult Scoliosis – Diagnosis and Management,” Total Joint Replacement Conference, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY April 1999
  • “Lumbar spinal stenosis – a surgical perspective”, Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY Oct 1999
  • “The surgical approach to adult scoliosis” Grand Rounds, Department of Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY June 2000
  • “The surgical approach to simple and complex lumbar stenosis”, Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY September, 2001
  • “The Treatment Approach to Cervical Spine Disorders”, Lenox Hill Hospital Combined Medical-Surgical Grand Rounds, New York, NY November 1st, 2002
  • “Pediatric Spinal Disorders – Scoliosis and Spondylolysis”, Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY November 21, 2002
  • “The Surgical Management of Cervical Radiculopathy and Myelopathy”, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. April, 2003.
  • “Focus on Spinal Disorders”. Public lecture, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY April 22nd, 2003.
  • “Treatment approach to lumbar spinal stenosis”, Total Joint Replacement Conference, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY June 2004.
  • “What you need to know about Osteoporosis, Compression Fracture and Spinal Stenosis” Public lecture, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY, February 17, 2005
  • “Current Concepts in Spinal Surgery”, Combined Medical-Surgical Grand Rounds, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY, June 3, 2005
  • “Management and Select Spinal Disorders”, Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, October 18, 2006
  • “Diagnosis and Management of Lumbar Spine Disorders”, Orthopaedic Primary Care Courses, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, November 10, 2006
  • “Current Concepts in Spine Surgery”, Rehabilitation Grand Rounds, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, December 5th, 2006
  • “Fourth Annual International Course on Spinal Focus”, Cervical Spine Faculty New York, NY December 8-9, 2006
  • “The Surgical Management of Cervical Radiculopathy and Myelopathy”, Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. April, 2003
  • “Focus on Spinal Disorders”. Public lecture, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY, April 22, 2003
  • “Treatment approach to lumbar spinal stenosis”, Total Joint Replacement Conference, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY June 2004
  • “What you need to know about Osteoporosis, Compression Fracture and Spinal Stenosis” Public lecture, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY, February 17, 2005
  • “Current Concepts in Spinal Surgery”, Combined Medical-Surgical Grand Rounds, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY, June 3, 2005
  • “Management and Select Spinal Disorders”, Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, October 18, 2006
  • “Diagnosis and Management of Lumbar Spine Disorders”, Orthopaedic Primary Care Courses, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, November 10, 2006
  • “Current Concepts in Spine Surgery”, Rehabilitation Grand Rounds, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, December 5, 2006
  • “Fourth Annual International Course on Spinal Focus”, Cervical Spine Faculty New York, NY December 8-9, 2006
  • “The Aging Spine”, Invited Faculty, New York, NY, May 2008
  • “Back and Leg Pain: Degenerative Disorders of the Lumbar Spine”, Orthopaedics for the Primary Care Provider, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, Oct 31-Nov 1, 2008
  • “When is a Fusion indicated? Allograft vs. Autograft vs. BPM’s”, Course “Top Orthopedic Controversies”, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New York, NY, Sept 26, 2009
  • “Cervical Diskectomy/Arthroplasty” Course “Top Orthopaedic Controversies, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New York, NY May 4, 2013
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Journals

Totterman SM, Miller RJ, McCance SE, Meyers SP. Lesions of the triangular fibro cartilage complex: mr findings with a three-dimensional gradient-recalled-echo sequence. Radiology 199: 227-32, 1996.

McCance SE, DelSignore J. Chronic displaced medial epicondyle fracture – a case report. Orthopaedics 21 (8): 904-6, 1998.

McCance SE, Denis F, Lonstein JE, Winter RB. Coronal and sagittal balance in surgically treated adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with the king 2 curve pattern – a review of 67 consecutive cases having selective thoracic arthrodesis. Spine 23 (19): 2063-73, 1998.

McCance SE, Lonstein JE, Winter RB. A King type 2 curve pattern treated selective thoracic fusion: case report with 44 year follow-up. J. Spinal Disorders12 (3): 262-5, 1999.

McCance SE and Smith M. Respiratory arrest after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in a patient with Down’s syndrome – a case report and review of the literature. J Bone and Joint Surgery 81A: 741-3, 1999.

O’Leary PF, McCance SE. Distraction Laminoplasty for decompression of lumbar spinal stenosis. CORR 384: 26-34, 2001.

Matthews V, McCance SE, O’Leary PF. Early fracture of the sacrum or pelvis: an unusual complication following multilevel instrumented lumbosacral fusion. Spine, 2001; 26: E571-E575.

McCance SE. Preservation of spinal stability during surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. BackTalk 24(1) p. 6, 2001.

Poynton AR, Nelson M, McCance SE, Levine R, O’Leary PF. Bovine Thrombin Induces An Acquired Coagulopathy In Sensitized Patients Undergoing Revision Spinal Surgery. A Report of Two Cases. SPINE 28(12): E221-223; June 2003.

Parvataneni H, Nicholas S, McCance SE. Bilateral pedicle stress fracture in a female athlete: case report and review of the literature. SPINE 29(2): E19-21; January 2004.

Book Chapters
Holmes CF, Hershman EB, McCance SE: Cervical spine injuries, in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, ed 3. AAOS, 1999.

Our Approach Is Very Simple:

  • We will clearly explain the condition you have.
  • We will tell you what you can expect in the future.
  • We will provide you with appropriate treatment options.

“We want to make smart decisions. We don’t rush. And we make sure the treatment options match the source of the problem. We are successful if at the end of their treatment our patients are pain-free and can return to their pre-injury level of activity. Our goal is to maximize functionality and to eliminate the pain, whenever possible, or reduce it to minimal compared to what it was.” ~ Dr. Sean McCance

At the heart of our practice are 4 key principles:

Patient ease & information
Your comfort and well-being are prioritized and that starts at our first appointment. We take the time to understand your spinal condition and answer every question you have. It is important to the spine surgeon that you feel at ease and are fully informed about all your options.

Fast appointments
If your condition is urgent or critical, we will make time to see you within 24 hours. We do not want you to be in undue pain for any longer than need be.

Explore all treatment options
Spinal surgery is serious and complex, which is why we explore all the treatment options open to you. Many conditions improve with time or lifestyle adjustments, and we only operate when we are convinced you’ll have a better quality of life.

Spinal surgery using precision technology
When it comes to herniated disc spine surgery we use the most current technologies, which results in even more precise surgery. It saves time, is safer and may lead to better outcomes.

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for the doctors and staff at Herniated Disc Surgery Specialists of NYC. We tailor your care around you and will give you the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best possible hands for spine surgery in NYC (Manhattan, NY). Please read some of our reviews.

It is the Ivy League board certified orthopedic spine surgeons of Herniated Disc Surgery Specialists of NYC’s commitment to our patients that has earned us the reputation of being one of the New York’s top orthopedic spine surgery practices. Herniated Disc Surgery Specialists of NYC specializes in taking exceptional care of each patient from the initial consultation to the final surgical outcome. The honor and privilege of caring for patients comes with the responsibility and dedication of the doctor’s staff to the utmost standard of excellence in patient care and final surgical outcome.

Herniated Disc Surgery Specialists of NYC
1155 Park Ave
Suite E-2
New York, NY 10128
(646) 493-7640

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