SpineFrontier, Inc's MISquito Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System in action.

SpineFrontier Enhances the MISquito Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System in Response to Growing Demand

SpineFrontier leverages Dr. Kingsley R. Chin’s extensive history of developing less invasive technologies since his invention of the MANTIS Percutaneous Screw System purchased by Stryker Corporation in 2005

SpineFrontier, Inc., the leader in Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) Technologies, announced today the next evolution in spinal fusion, the MISquito Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System (part of the PedFuse Pedicle Screw System platform). In contrast to the competition, SpineFrontier is focused on technique driven product solutions that provide maximum efficiency and enable outpatient, same-day surgery for patients. The MISquito’s advanced instrumentation and technique reduces exposure to fluoroscopy and eliminates the complexity of inserting of pedicle screws, pedicle rods, and locking caps in multilevel constructs.

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Dr. Chin, orthopedic spine surgeon and CEO of SpineFrontier, says, “Almost every week I now use the MISquito for percutaneous lumbar fixation in an outpatient setting. The instrumentation makes it easy to perform fusions in a lateral position and for multilevel fusions from T2 to the sacrum with ease. I first started designing percutaneous pedicle screws in 2003 with the MANTIS and now 14 years later the MISquito is very advanced in its efficiency and simplicity. With the rise in number of fusions being performed, it is critical that we make these progressive leaps forward with our systems. We are now working on leveraging the design for scoliosis.”

The MISquito System continues to advance under the leadership and expertise of Dr. Chin, SpineFrontier’s rapidly expanding surgeon base, and their relationship with SpineFrontier’s accomplished Engineers and Designers who are trained to perform this surgery in the onsite cadaver lab. This extensive knowledge network ensures that no use scenario goes unexplored and ensures the instrumentation, in conjunction with the technique, overcome the limitations and intricacies of the competition.

Michael Emery, SpineFrontier Product Manager and Engineer of SpineFrontier’s Pedicle Screw platform “It’s exciting to continue to see the effective results of our Technique based Technologies through the relationship between our surgeons and engineers. The system boasts a first in-class implant engineered to accommodate a wide range of patient anatomy, bone density, and deformities. We accomplished this with our various screw offerings, built in reduction capability with superior tab strength, and progressive screw thread.”

SpineFrontier has enhanced the MISquito System to increase the ease and simplicity of putting in percutaneous screws and rods over multiple levels.

  • The flat blade dilator is designed to create a minimal incision size ideal for screw and rod insertion without excess tissue damage.
  • The locking screw inserter eliminates any toggle between the implant and instrument making it feel like one device. The locking mechanism ensures the screw is fully retained and does not unintentionally disassemble from the inserter.
  • A new implant configuration called REspond-XL that incorporates extended break off tabs with significant reduction threads for easy rod reduction
  • The threaded rod pusher allows for fully seating the pedicle rod into the saddle of the tulip
  • The new GEN II Rod Inserter was developed to ensure a rigid connection between instrument and implant to allow for rod and tulip manipulation in-situ during insertion. The mechanism allows for effortless insertion into the anatomy without the need for an additional incision.
  • The system also has a percutaneous compressor/distractor system that is less complex than competitor systems and fits into the technique flawlessly.

Indications:
The PedFuse Pedicle Screw System is intended to provide immobilization and stabilization of spinal segments in skeletally mature patients as an adjunct to fusion in the treatment of the following acute instabilities or deformities of the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine: degenerative spondylolisthesis with objective evidence of neurological impairment, fracture, dislocation, scoliosis, kyphosis, spinal tumor, and failed previous fusion (Pseudoarthrosis).

In addition, the PedFuse Pedicle Screw System is indicated for the treatment of severe spondylolisthesis (Grade 3 and 4) of the L5-S1 vertebra in skeletally mature patients receiving fusion by autogenous bone graft having implants attached to the lumbar and sacral spine (L3 to S1).

About SpineFrontier Inc.
SpineFrontier Inc. (http://www.spinefrontier.com) is a growing medical technology company that designs, develops and markets both implants and instruments for spine surgery based on the Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) Philosophy. These technologies are designed to allow for outpatient surgery due to minimal disruption of normal tissues. SpineFrontier believes LESS is more: LESS time in treatment and recovery is more time in action for patients and surgeons. The LES Techniques drive the design process under the leadership and expertise of Dr. Chin, our surgeon experts, and engineering team that have access to our training lab and state of the art manufacturing facility to ensure that every use scenario is explored and design limitations are overcome. SpineFrontier is headquartered in Malden, MA. It was founded in 2006, and released its first products in 2008. SpineFrontier is a KICVentures portfolio company and the leader in LES technologies and instruments.

Contact
Phone: (978) 232-3990
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Engineering: MikeEmery(at)spinefrontier(dot)com

SpineFrontier S-LIFT Lateral Interbody

Product Spotlight: S-LIFT Lateral Interbody

S-LIFT (Sagittal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Technology)

S-LIFT’s design allows for a lateral approach to the anatomy, which enables a smaller incision size but also maintain a large footprint to provide stability within the patient.

“…the unique split rib design increases rigidity and robustness of the cage while also allowing for more graft to fill the interbody space during post-packing. This innovative feature creates opportunity for a fusion mass to form throughout the cage…”

More about S-LIFT at spinefrontier.com

Harvard Business Review: 6 Myths of Product Development

SpineFrontier leverages in house 3D Printing to design, build and evaluate multiple iterations in one day. External vendors provide opportunities to rapid machine or 3D print metal parts in 1 to 3 days.

“… the better strategy as long as people iterate rapidly and frequently and learn quickly from their failures. Advances in simulation and rapid-prototyping technologies have made operating in this fashion vastly easier and less expensive.”

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LESS Talk –MORE Doing: A Less Exposure Surgery Society Trip Gives a Young Woman a New Lease on Life

On a late Saturday night in May, an unlikely group of people’s paths crossed in a small operating room in the University Hospital of the West Indies.  It was hot, and beads of sweat formed on the doctors’ foreheads above their surgical masks. Outside the O.R., the windows in the hallways were open to catch the breeze that filtered through the open slats. The hallway was quiet, filled only with an empty gurney with a canvas stretcher and wood handles. A clock on the wall covered in a metal casing methodically tracked the passing moments.

Inside the O.R., Dr. Carl A. Bruce, a consultant neurosurgeon at the University of the West Indies at Mona Jamaica, and Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, an orthopaedic surgeon and founder of Less Exposure Surgery Specialists (LESS) Institute in Florida, operated on a fifteen year old young woman.  Around them stood Kevin Chappuis, a medical technology engineer from SpineFrontier, Inc, Harisha Buggam, a medical device distributor in the West Indies, and the University’s Chief of Anesthesiology, Dr. Harding. The operation, a high level, scoliosis case, required that surgeons correct a deformity in the patient’s spine.

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Shinel Binns, the patient lying on the operating table, was fit and healthy -a normal young woman in every way, except for the severe curve in her spine. Standing up, Shinel’s legs were perpendicular to the ground, but at her waist, her torso and head angled sharply to the left, as if she had to fight gravity from pulling her left shoulder and head to the ground. A lifetime of trying to hold her head and torso upright to counterbalance her lumbar spine’s deformity had begun to create a curve in her thoracic spine.

Shinel lived in Saint Elizabeth Parish –a two hour journey from the hospital she was now being treated at in Kingston, Jamaica.  She and her family had waited a long time for this moment.  She would never have been able to afford an operation, but the donated time from the doctors, and over $500,000 in donated technology and personnel from SpineFrontier, as well as her community’s donation of $5,000, was making her operation possible.

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin had flown in earlier that day from the United States.  Born and raised in Jamaica, he often returned to perform surgeries for people in need.  As a pioneer in the Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) approach, Chin has devoted his life to refining and training others in a revolutionary approach to back surgery.  The LES Philosophy of surgery pinpoints the problem, fixes it without collateral damage to surrounding tissues, and lets patients go home the same day.

A patient examination and X-Rays had confirmed to the doctors that Shinel’s original spinal deformity was in the lumbar spine. Because the thoracic curve was compensatory to keep her upright, Dr. Chin and Dr. Bruce operated on the most pronounced section of the curve (L1-L4). Dr. Chin used a Less Exposure Surgery (LES) approach, addressing the most pronounced section of the spinal curve (L1-L4) by inserting SpineFrontier’s S-LIFT® Lateral Interbody through a single, three inch incision at those levels to straighten out the spine. The surgeons then placed unilateral MISquito® Percutaneous Pedicle Screws to hold the straightened position.

The LES approach through the small incision on the side of the abdomen was low impact and saved Shinel the trauma of an incision through her stabilizing back muscles that could disrupt her strength.  It also minimized the surgical trauma and maximized its effectiveness for a rapid and less painful recovery.  This approach was especially important because it would allow a teenage girl to resume her daily activities more quickly. The surgeons expected that the thoracic curve would straighten itself over time.  After the operation, Shinel already felt straighter and only had minimal superficial pain.

Harisha Buggum, the medical device distributor, had observed several other scoliosis corrections before through the Scotiabank Scoliosis Programme that provided implants at a greatly reduced cost to teenagers with scoliosis.  But she had a renewed sense of excitement when talking about Shinel’s operation.

“I’ve never seen that kind of procedure done,” Harisha said, leaning forward and talking energetically, “This was different for us than our day-to-day [procedures].  In this surgery, you could see the technology changing the deformity and you could see the spine literally straightening up through the fluoro imaging. It’s good to know technology has turned in the direction so that someone with scoliosis can actually get a correction from Less Invasive Surgery.”

Harisha’s excitement over what she observed in the O.R. was just a small window into the many cases that Dr. Chin and his colleagues at the LESS Institute perform on a daily basis in the United States.

“This case is a perfect example of how Less Exposure Surgery can transform a patient’s life,” Chin commented.

 

100th Outpatient Less Exposure Surgery Procedure Completed by Industry Leading Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

 

Orthopaedic & Spine Center (http://www.OSC-Ortho.com) announced today that Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson finished his 100th case using SpineFrontier’s® PedFuse® REmind® Screws. The operation took place on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA. The procedure was an L5-S1 posterior lumbar interbody fusion on a 69 year old, male patient. Prior to undergoing surgery, the patient suffered constant pain and failed conservative treatments including chiropractic treatments and steroid injections.

Dr. Carlson’s milestone case represents a significant achievement in the innovative, Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) midline approach. Implanting PedFuse REmind screws via the LES midline approach minimizes tissue disruption and results in smaller incisions. It may also reduce blood loss, and surgery time while potentially speeding up the patient’s recovery.

Less Exposure Surgery (LES) is based on a new philosophy of doing surgery. LES is less invasive than MIS. LES incisions are small incisions through which the surgeon only exposes what needs to be treated for maximum effectiveness. By developing innovative technologies and techniques tailored for pinpointing the problem and fixing it without collateral damage, LES minimizes normal tissue disruption without relying on excessive radiation.

Dr. Carlson remarked on the LES technique, “Advancements in spine surgical techniques are now allowing patients to have outpatient lumbar fusions. SpineFrontier continues to lead in techniques that decrease the pain of surgery and provide the same outcomes as standard procedures. Less pain, less blood loss, and quicker recoveries are the driving force behind these new techniques.”

Susan Finkel, a patient of Dr. Carlson’s who underwent an outpatient Less Exposure Surgery midline procedure emphasized the ease of her recovery. “Having this done was one of the best decisions that I have ever made and being able to go home within a few hours of surgery and being able to return to work so quickly made this the easiest surgery I’ve ever had.”

Dr. Carlson is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, focused on treating spine disorders. He received his M.D. from George Washington University in 1993 and completed his residency in orthopaedics at the Harvard Medical School Hospitals (Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital). He also completed an Orthopedic Trauma Surgery Fellowship and a Spine Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Carlson is a managing partner of the Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Newport News, VA and served as Chief of Surgery at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital.

Dr. Carlson is a long-time supporter of the Arthritis Foundation. As an expert in his field, he has published and lectured extensively on the subject of orthopedics and has appeared on television several times. In 2008, Dr. Carlson was one of the first surgeons in his area to perform a cervical disc replacement.

About the PedFuse REmind Midline Screw Family

SpineFrontier designed the PedFuse REmind Midline Screw Family under the unifying umbrella of LES midline tissue-preserving surgery. The PedFuse Pedicle Screws use CortiCan™ thread technology, which means the wider space between threads at the tip of the screw bonds it to the less dense, cancellous bone interior and threads grow closer together at the proximal head of the screw to grip the harder, cortical shell on the surface of the bone.

About SpineFrontier® Inc.

SpineFrontier Inc. (http://www.spinefrontier.com) is a growing medical technology company that designs, develops and markets both implants and instruments for spine surgery based on the Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) Philosophy. These technologies are designed to allow for outpatient surgery due to minimal disruption of normal tissues. SpineFrontier believes LESS is MORE: LESS time in treatment and recovery is MORE time in action for patients and surgeons. SpineFrontier is headquartered in Beverly, MA. It was founded in 2006, and released its first products in 2008. SpineFrontier is a KICVentures portfolio company and the leader in LES technologies and instruments.

Dr. Mark W. McFarland Successfully Completes Surgery Using SpineFrontier’s® Less Exposure Surgery A-CIFT™ SoloFuse-P™

Check out our latest press release about Dr. McFarland’s A-CIFT SoloFuse-P Case!

Newport News, VA

Orthopaedic & Spine Center (http://www.OSC-Ortho.com) announced today that Dr. Mark W. McFarland successfully implanted SpineFrontier’s A-CIFT™ SoloFuse-P™. The operation took place on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA. The procedure was an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion on a 57 year old, male patient.  The patient suffered from both neck pain and bilateral shoulder pain as a result of stenosis at the operative level C3-4. Prior to undergoing surgery, the patient failed conservative treatments including physical therapy and anti-inflammatories.

SpineFrontier’s A-CIFT SoloFuse-P is a Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) technology. LES technologies are designed with outpatient surgery in mind and strive for less disruption of the tissues. The A-CIFT SoloFuse-P standalone, intervertebral body fusion device is a Less Exposure Surgery System featuring a simple, dual screw construct, a large graft window, large diameter screws, and slim, agile instrumentation. Its zero-profile and all PEEK-OPTIMA Natural design minimize tissue disruption.

Dr. McFarland remarked on the advantages of SoloFuse-P’s design in the operation: “Today’s case demonstrates an extremely minimally invasive surgical technique to fuse the cervical spine.  The new SoloFuse standalone device eliminates the need for an overly aggressive surgical exposure or removal of previous spinal instrumentation. It serves to minimize our patients’ post-operative discomfort and speed their final recovery.”

SpineFrontier engineer Lucas Diehl explained how A-CIFT SoloFuse-P leverages the familiarity of existing techniques while providing an alternative to cumbersome plating for one-level procedures. “Its standalone design makes implantation easier. The technology was designed with surgeons in mind. It’s easy. It’s simple. It’s consistent,” said Lucas Diehl.

Dr. McFarland currently practices orthopaedic surgery at the Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, VA where he focuses primarily on the care and treatment of injuries and disorders of the spine. Dr. McFarland graduated from Oklahoma State University Medical School in 1999. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Ohio University and then went on to complete an Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. McFarland is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. Among other honors, he received the “Graduating Physician Academic Excellence Award.” His research includes studies on vertebral compression fracture outcomes.

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By Brett Clair
Art Director of Special Projects Team
KICVentures, LLC

Medtronic Divergence Validates SpineFrontier’s Current Solutions

SpineFrontier is excited to hear about the release of the Medtronic Divergence as it validates our current ACDF solutions Inset and SoloFuse-P™.

We launched our Inset plate in 2012. Having a plate and cage married together provides the fixation of a plate with the most minimal proximity to the adjacent disc. Our Inset plate was originally designed as an adjacent segment solution for surgeons to add a level above or below an existing construct during revision surgery. It has since become extremely popular as a one-level primary plate to eliminate the occurrence of adjacent segment disease caused by the plate. Its extremely low-profile design also reduces dysphasia.  This, combined with streamlined trial drill guide instrumentation and a zero-step locking mechanism, dramatically improves the usability for the surgeon.

Our latest step in the journey to develop the ultimate anterior cervical solutions happened earlier this  year, with the release of our PEEK-OPTIMA® HA interbody system earlier this year. SpineFrontier is the first company in the United States to market a device with this exceptional material. This means is our PEEK cages are now impregnated with a homogoneous mixture of hydroxyapatite (HA) and PEEK, which provides the mechanical properties of PEEK and the biological advantages of HA to encourage bony apposition to the implant itself. Traditional PEEK Optima is bio-inert and only provides structural support for bone to grow around it but this new PEEK-OPTIMA HA takes cervical fusion to the next level by utilizing the implant as part of the patient’s biological construct.

Our SoloFuse-P™ standalone cervical plate offer an even less profile solution that provides a magnificent bone graft window and the largest diameter screws in its class for maximal purchase and fixation. The SoloFuse-P standalone will be available with HA PEEK later this year. We welcome the Medtronic Divergence device to the family as it complements the surgical approach that we started in 2012. We have had great results ever since!

 

By Kevin Chappuis

Technology Deployment Manager

SpineFrontier, Inc.

 

Texas Back Institute Embraces Sterilized Single Use Instruments

I was excited to read about the use of sterilized single-use spine surgery instruments at the Texas Back Institute. SpineFrontier is also developing sterilized single-use spine surgery instruments to be manufactured here in the U.S. We are looking for partner surgical centers (ASC) and hospitals to help us demonstrate the clinical and economic benefits of this new technology.
Dr. Guyer, the orthopedic surgeon (and past president of the North American Spine Society –NASS), together with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Zigler (a past president of the American Spinal Injury Association –ASIA) performed the minimally invasive lumbar fusion using Safe Orthopaedics’ single-use instruments. In Safe Orthopaedics’ press release, Dr. Guyer reported that the product was easy to use and generated substantial time savings.

In the same press release, Dr. Zigler commented on the easy training and time savings for surgeons: “For mini-invasive screw implantation the system is as user-friendly as any of the standard systems we use. The learning curve is minimal limited to 1or 2 cases for most if not all surgeons.”

By providing instrument kits and implants in packaging that’s already sterilized and easier to use, SpineFrontier wants to help customers improve patient care and significantly reduce healthcare cost. We believe sterilized, single-use instruments like Peel Pack will decrease infection rates and operational costs, eliminate the need for in-house sterilization and reduce the cost through bulk-purchasing. They will also help surgery centers reduce storage space for bulky kits and create an easy-to-manage inventory. Pre-sterilized surgical kits have the potential to deliver cost and time savings to surgeons in OR’s across the nation.

SpineFrontier, Inc. Launches the E-LIFT Extraforaminal Lateral Interbody Fusion Technology System at NASS 2011

SpineFrontier, Inc. Launches the E-LIFT Extraforaminal Lateral Interbody Fusion Technology System at NASS 2011 with the support of Surgeon Inventor Dr. Kingsley R. Chin

Beverly, MA – March 8, 2012 ­– SpineFrontier, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing less exposure surgery (LES) technologies, announced today the product launch of the E-LIFT Extraforaminal Lateral Interbody System. The system was launched at NASS 2011 with the support of Surgeon Inventor Kingsley R. Chin, M.D.

“The E-LIFT System is based on the principle of sequentially distracting the intervertebral space for adequate foraminal decompression and restoring disc height versus using an expandable cage. The surgeon can then use standard discectomy instruments to aggressively remove disc material and prepare the endplate for oblique-lateral interbody fusion in a prone position,” said Dr. Chin.

The E-LIFT Extraforaminal Lateral Interbody System is a Less Exposure Endoscopic Surgery (LEES) technology from SpineFrontier, Inc. that adheres to the LES philosophy for spinal fusion. E-LIFT is designed for the goal of spinal stabilization, while minimizing incision size, preserving the facets, and retaining the normal anatomy.

“Current endoscopic discectomy techniques have proven to be a great springboard for the latest less exposure endoscopic surgery (LEES) technologies,” said Dr. Chin. “Through an extraforaminal approach, we can simultaneously achieve interbody fusion and endoscopic discectomy and preserve the facets, consistent with our LES Philosophy.”

Dr. Chin is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and trained at the Harvard Hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is a board certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon who completed a fellowship specializing in spinal surgery at Case Western Reserve University under the mentorship of Henry H. Bohlman, M.D.  Dr. Chin has published extensively, holds multiple patents, edited textbooks, lectured worldwide on spine surgery, and was an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Spine Surgery at University of Pennsylvania Medical School from 2003 to 2007. He founded and currently runs the Institute for Modern and Innovative Surgery in South Florida.

About the E-LIFT System

E-LIFT is a spinal intervertebral body fusion device intended for intervertebral body fusion of the spine of skeletally mature patients, using autogenous bone graft to facilitate fusion. The device is indicated for use in patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD) at one or two contiguous spinal levels from L2-S1. These DDD patients may also have up to Grade I spondylolisthesis or retrolisthesis at the involved level(s). The SpineFrontier E-LIFT Intervertebral Body Fusion Device is intended to be used with supplemental spinal fixation system(s) cleared for use in the lumbar spine (example: Facet Screw Fixation).

“The E-LIFT system provides surgeons the unique benefits of an effective discectomy and safe interbody delivery without impact to the anatomy,” said SpineFrontier’s E-LIFT Product Manager Vito Lore.

About SpineFrontier

SpineFrontier Inc. (www.spinefrontier.com) is a growing medical device company that designs, develops and markets implants and instruments used in spine surgery. The SpineFrontier team is focused on developing innovative technologies and techniques for spinal surgery based on the Less Exposure Surgery (LES) philosophy. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Beverly, MA.

About Less Exposure Surgery (LES)

“The Less Exposure Surgery (www.les-society.org) philosophy is to use proportionate exposure for maximal effectiveness, to preserve the anatomy, diminish blood loss, surgical time, and exposure to radiation,” said LES Society Course Chairman and Spine Surgeon Kingsley R. Chin, M.D.

Contact

Media: connecting@spinefrontier.com

SpineFrontier, Inc. Launches the MISquito Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System at NASS 2011

SpineFrontier, Inc. Launches the MISquito Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System at NASS 2011 with the support of Surgeon Inventor Dr. Kingsley R. Chin

Beverly, MA – March 2, 2012 ­– SpineFrontier, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing less exposure surgery (LES) technologies, announced today the product launch of the MISquito MIS Pedicle Screw System. The system was initially launched at NASS 2011 with the support of Surgeon Inventor Kingsley R. Chin, M.D.

“MISquito eliminates the fiddle factor common to other percutaneous systems. MISquito simply and reliably aligns and captures the rod, which makes it easy for the surgeon to operate from T2-S1 without fluoro during rod insertion,” said Dr. Chin.

Dr. Chin is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and trained at the Harvard Hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is a board certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon who completed a fellowship specializing in spinal surgery at Case Western Reserve University under the mentorship of Henry H. Bohlman, M.D.  Dr. Chin has published extensively, holds multiple patents, edited textbooks, lectured worldwide on spine surgery, and was an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Surgery at University of Pennsylvania Medical School from 2003 to 2007. He founded and currently runs the Institute for Modern and Innovative Surgery in South Florida.

Dr. Chin is the inventor of the Minimal Access Nontraumatic Insertion System (MANTIS), a Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System for which he received two issued patents.  Dr. Chin sold MANTIS in 2005 and has directed his focus to develop the next generation of percutaneous pedicle screw systems.

“The MISquito System is a much more surgeon-friendly system that reduces the need for fluoroscopy to place the rod and is easier for multiple level surgeries,” said Dr. Chin.

About MISquito Technology

The MISquito MIS technique is used in conjunction with SpineFrontier’s PedFuse Respond Pedicle Screw System for percutaneous insertion. It is a new method for percutaneously delivering a pedicle screw and rod construct for thoraco-lumbar spinal fixation. Unlike other approaches, the MISquito features enhanced methods and instruments for easier rod insertion. The innovative rod guidance system allows surgeons to control and guide both ends of the rod as it is inserted into its optimal position.

“MISquito is unique because it’s the first percutaneous pedicle screw system designed with true front end rod guidance.” said SpineFrontier’s MISquito Lead Designer Jeremy Crossgrove. “MISquito was designed to pull the rod into the correct and final position.”

The MISquito MIS Pedicle Screw System is a Less Exposure Percutaneous Surgery (LEPS) technology from SpineFrontier, Inc. that adheres to the LES (Less Exposure Surgery) philosophy. The system is designed with a bulleted rod for an accurate and smooth insertion. The LES philosophy combines the benefits of minimal surgery with maximum effectiveness.

About SpineFrontier

SpineFrontier Inc. (www.spinefrontier.com) is a growing medical device company that designs, develops and markets implants and instruments used in spine surgery. The SpineFrontier team is focused on developing innovative technologies and techniques for spinal surgery based on the Less Exposure Surgery (LES) philosophy. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Beverly, MA.

About Less Exposure Surgery (LES)

“The Less Exposure Surgery (www.les-society.org) philosophy is to use proportionate exposure for maximal effectiveness, to preserve the anatomy, diminish blood loss, surgical time, and exposure to radiation,” said LES Society Course Chairman and Spine Surgeon Kingsley R. Chin, M.D.

Contact

Media: connecting@spinefrontier.com