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The LES Society Receives Astounding Interest Increase in Latest Training Lab - SpineFrontier Teams Up

The LES Society Receives Astounding Interest Increase in Latest Training Lab

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (PRWEB) JUNE 01, 2017

The Less Exposure Surgery (LES) Society – dedicated to leading the charge of proving LES treatment options as the best solution to lowering the cost of healthcare, improving outcomes and patient satisfaction – has seen a major spike in interest in their educational training labs.

The LES Society proudly announced their New York City Training Lab as a sold out event, at maximum attendee capacity. On June 3, eighteen residents, fellows and practicing surgeons will come together to learn about breakthrough Less Exposure Surgery techniques and technologies, followed by a discussion of how this new philosophy will continue to better the lives of patients.

The Training Lab will take place at the Stewart Hotel, with a dinner and lively business and medicine discussion at the popular restaurant, Tao, to follow.

The LES Society supports surgeon innovators, entrepreneurs and inventors in the industry – with the leadership of expert surgeons – through education and real-time exposure, differentiating their philosophy from traditional techniques used in the field.

Participating proctor surgeons at the Training Lab include Board Certified Neurosurgeons Dr. Joseph Aferzon and Dr. Fassil Mesfin, Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Dante Leven, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Bash, and LES Society Founder and Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Kingsley R. Chin.

In accordance with Less Exposure Surgery techniques and featuring LES technologies by event sponsor SpineFrontier, the program contains two didactic and cadaver lab sessions.

For inquiries and interest in future training and labs, connect with the LES Society at contact@LESSociety.org or visit LESSociety.org.

The LES Society Receives Astounding Interest Increase in Latest Training Lab - SpineFrontier Teams Up

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Kingsley R. Chin

We are proud to announce our very own Founder Dr. Kingsley R. Chin offering his expertise at the New York Training Lab, beside Dr. Joseph Aferzon, Dr. Dante Leven, Dr. Jeffrey Bash and Dr. Fassil Mesfin.

SpineFrontier Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Kingsley R. Chin

Dr. Chin is a board-certified and double fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, who has become an experienced teacher and mentor in the field and beyond. From humble beginnings, Dr. Chin immigrated from Jamaica to attend Columbia University and later graduated from Harvard Medical School with honors and four diplomas. He spent four years teaching at the University of Pennsylvania as chief of spine surgery before beginning as managing partner and CEO of KICVentures venture fund. He currently continues managing funds and teaching in clinical practice and research. Because of his copious credentials and skill in the spinal field, Dr. Chin possesses an immense knowledge he is willing to share among his peers.

Dr. Chin sees a niche opportunity where medicine, business and information technology meet and is uniquely experienced at the intersection of these three professions. The LES Society is proud to highlight these assets within our operation, offering our educational labs as further opportunities to do so.

This LES Society Training Lab features a didactic and cadaver lab as well as a lively discussion on business and medicine at New York’s nightlife hot spot Tao. Paying special attention to arthroplasty and the engineering process from concept to reality, the Training Lab provides a setting for surgeons, surgeon entrepreneurs and inventors to practice more complex osteotomies and deformity techniques.

Due to tremendous interest in this event, the Training Lab is at maximum capacity. For inquiries and interest in future training and labs, please connect with us at contact@LESSociety.org and visit us at SpineFrontier.com to learn more about our innovative instrumentation.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. CHIN’S STORY, CLICK HERE.
The LES Society Receives Astounding Interest Increase in Latest Training Lab - SpineFrontier Teams Up

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Jeffrey Bash

Dr. Jeffrey Bash joins the senior faculty at the LES Society New York City Training Lab, in collaboration with our team utilizing SpineFrontier techniques and technology.

The LES Society Receives Astounding Interest Increase in Latest Training Lab - SpineFrontier Teams Up

Dr. Bash – board certified orthopedic surgeon – educates attendees alongside proctors Dr. Joseph Aferzon, Dr. Dante Leven, Dr. Fassil Mesfin and Dr. Kingsley R. Chin. The Training Lab offers attendees a weekend of education and networking opportunity with top professionals in the industry.

Dr. Bash received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He specializes in spine surgery and completed a General Surgery Internship at NYU Medical Center, followed by his residency at NYU Medical Center-Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Bash trained at Texas Back Institute and is an expert in disc replacement of the cervical and lumbar spine. He has trained with many of the top leaders in the spine industry and joined Middlesex Orthopedic Surgeons post-training. He is Chief of Spine Surgery at Middlesex Community Hospital and operates at Middlesex Hospital, Hartford Hospital, the Hospital of Central Connecticut/New Britain General Hospital, Bristol Hospital and MidState Medical Center.

Similarly to his colleague, Dr. Joseph Aferzon, he has extensive experience in minimally invasive spine fusions in Connecticut. Fellow doctors selected him as Connecticut Magazine’s top surgeon in his field in 2007.

He is currently the co director of Connecticut Spine Institute and teaches at Northeast Regional Center of Excellence. He is actively involved in the development of new spinal products and the author of several patents. [1]

This LES Society Training Lab takes place at the Stewart Hotel in downtown New York City, featuring a didactic and cadaver lab as well as discussion on business and medicine at the ever-popular nightlife destination Tao. Paying special attention to arthroplasty and the engineering process from concept to reality, the Training Lab provides a setting to practice more complex osteotomies and deformity techniques.

Due to tremendous popularity, this Training Lab is at maximum capacity. For those interested in future training and events, please reach out to us at contact@LESSociety.org. We always appreciate hearing from those in the industry looking to learn, educate and collaborate.

LEARN MORE – INCLUDING MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION AND BOARD POSITIONS – ON DR. JEFFREY BASH HERE.

[1] http://www.csimis.com/main/?page_id=38

SpineFrontier Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Dante Leven

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Dante Leven

Dr. Dante Leven joins the senior faculty at the LES Society New York City Training Lab, in collaboration with SpineFrontier techniques and technology.

SpineFrontier Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Dante Leven

Dr. Leven – spine surgeon at Total Orthopedics and active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Lumbar Spine Research Society – educates alongside proctors Dr. Fassil Mesfin, Dr. Joseph Aferzon, Dr. Jeffrey Bash and Dr. Kingsley R. Chin. The Training Lab offers attendees a weekend of education and networking opportunity with top professionals in the industry.

Dr. Leven completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the State University of New York and went on to complete his spine surgery fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. He trained closely with Dr. Sheeraz Qureshi in minimally invasive surgery and alongside several leading spinal deformity and cervical spine surgeons in the country. He has presented over 25 papers and over 75 posters at international conferences. Dr. Leven brings experience as an educator at Nassau University Medical Center to this important weekend of learning.

In accordance with LES Society values, Dr. Leven “makes every effort to offer the best surgical option with the least invasive approach.” [1]

This LES Society Training Lab takes place at the Stewart Hotel and features a didactic and cadaver lab as well as discussion on business and medicine at the famous nightspot Tao.

Due to tremendous interest in this event, the Training Lab is at maximum capacity. For inquiries and interest in future training and labs, please connect with us at contact@LESSociety.org and visit us at SpineFrontier.com to learn more about our innovative instrumentation.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. DANTE LEVEN.

[1] http://www.totalorthosportsmed.com/dante-leven/

SpineFrontier Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Joseph Aferzon

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Joseph Aferzon

Dr. Joseph Aferzon joins the senior faculty at the LES Society Training Lab in New York City, in collaboration with SpineFrontier techniques and technologies.

SpineFrontier Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Joseph Aferzon

Dr. Aferzon – board certified neurosurgeon with 19 years of clinical experience – educates attendees alongside proctors Dr. Fassil Mesfin, Dr. Dante Leven, Dr. Jeffrey Bash and Dr. Kingsley R. Chin. The Training Lab will offer attendees a weekend of education and networking opportunity with top professionals in the industry.

Dr. Aferzon is an attending neurosurgeon at Hartford Hospital, Middlesex Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut Medical Center. He is presently involved in spine device invention, several of which are used in treatment all over the world. He is a leading expert in minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques, instructing surgeons across the country in practices that lead to less complications, less pain and a faster patient recovery during and post procedure. He holds 12 patents in minimally invasive spinal instrumentation.

A member of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery,  Congress of Neurological Surgery, National Association of Spine Surgeons, New England Neurosurgical Society and Society of Lateral Access Surgeons, Dr. Aferzon has been chosen several times as one of the “Top Neurosurgeons in Connecticut” by fellow industry leaders. [1]

This LES Society Training Lab takes place in the heart of New York City and features a didactic and cadaver lab as well as discussion on business and medicine at the popular night spot Tao.

Due to tremendous interest in this event, the Training Lab is at maximum capacity. For inquiries and interest in future training and labs, please connect with us at contact@LESSociety.org and visit us at SpineFrontier.com to learn more about our innovative techniques and technology.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. JOSEPH AFERZON – INVENTIONS, PRACTICES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

[1] http://www.csimis.com/main/?page_id=43

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Fassil Mesfin

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Fassil Mesfin

Dr. Fassil Mesfin, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS, joins the senior faculty at the LES Society Training Lab in New York City as a featured proctor. SpineFrontier teams up with the LES Society to make collaborative and educational events like this possible.
Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Fassil Mesfin
Dr. Mesfin – board certified in neurosurgery, assistant professor and director of complex spine and spine oncology, University of Missouri Neurosurgery – educates attendees alongside proctors Dr. Joseph Aferzon, Dr. Dante Leven, Dr. Jeffrey Bash and Dr. Kingsley R. Chin. The Training Lab offers attendees a weekend of education and networking opportunity with top professionals in the industry.

Dr. Mesfin – certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery – specializes in complex spine tumor surgery – minimally invasive surgery and pain modulating procedures. His research interests include back pain, brain damage and injury, cerebrovascular disease, cerebrovascular surgery and more. He treats congenital and developmental brain and spinal malformations, lumbar stenosis, neck injuries and scoliosis, among a variety of other neurologic and spinal conditions. Dr. Mesfin offers his services at the MU Neurosciences Center Spine Program. [1]

Dr. Mesfin attended Albany Medical school and completed his neurosurgical spine oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. [2]

This LES Society Training Lab features a didactic and cadaver lab as well as a lively discussion on business and medicine at New York’s nightlife hot spot Tao. Paying special attention to arthroplasty and the engineering process from concept to reality, the Training Lab provides a setting for surgeons, surgeon entrepreneurs and inventors to practice more complex osteotomies and deformity techniques.

Due to tremendous interest in this event, the Training Lab is at maximum capacity. For inquiries and interest in future training and labs, please connect with us at contact@LESSociety.org and visit SpineFrontier.com to learn more about Less Exposure Surgery techniques and technologies.

CLICK HERE TO CONNECT WITH DR. FASSIL MESFIN.

[1] https://medicine.missouri.edu/faculty/fassil-brian-mesfin-md-phd/

[2] https://www.linkedin.com/in/fassil-mesfin-md-phd-facs-faans-2a89b737/

SpineFrontier Teams up with the LES Society: Maryland Training Lab Feat. Dr. Agha Khan

SpineFrontier Teams up with the LES Society: Maryland Training Lab Feat. Dr. Agha Khan

The LES Society and SpineFrontier team up with Dr. Agha Khan!

The LES Society and SpineFrontier collaborate with Dr. Agha Khan, as featured proctor of the Less Exposure Surgery (LES) Society Maryland Training Lab.

Dr. Khan is a board certified neurological surgeon with fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital. He has completed his residency at University Hospital and Clinic, with internships at Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center and National Institutes of Health. Dr. Khan graduated from the Nishtar Medical College, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan, in 1979 and specializes in neurological surgery. He is affiliated with Northwest Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and University Of Maryland Medical Center.

The Maryland Training Lab highlights sacroiliac joint fusion and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion through discussion and demonstration.

For inquiries and interest in future training and labs, connect with the LES Society team at contact@LESSociety.org and visit us at SpineFrontier.com to learn more about our innovative techniques and technology.

Behind the Scenes of a Huge SpineFrontier Team Milestone with SacroFuse

Behind the Scenes of a SpineFrontier Team Milestone with SacroFuse

This is one for the books! On April 26 we completed our first SacroFuse procedure during a very successful posterior sacroiliac joint surgery. Sending a huge thanks to the SpineFrontier and LESS Institute teams – both in the OR and at home – for making such a remarkable milestone possible.

Case photos from the surgery:

Behind the Scenes of a Huge SpineFrontier Team Milestone with SacroFuse
Behind the Scenes of a Huge SpineFrontier Team Milestone with SacroFuse

SacroFuse is a Less Exposure Surgery procedure that helps eliminate pain caused by sacroiliac joint disruptions and degenerative sacroiliitis. By reducing the irregular movement of the joint and stabilizing it, this technology can dramatically improve a patient’s quality of life.

Behind the Scenes of a Huge SpineFrontier Team Milestone with SacroFuse

Head to SpineFrontier’s website for detailed information on our innovative products and medical milestones. For training labs on Less Exposure Surgery technology and techniques, visit the LES Society and email contact@lessociety.org to be added to the mailing list for upcoming events.

LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore

LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore

The LES Society started the year with a spectacular event at Dr. Agha Khan’s impressive Vita Lab in Baltimore. Harvard-trained Dr. Jeffrey Carlson of Newport News, Virginia, stole the show with his instruction on the LES midline technique. Residents and fellows hung on his every word as they crowded around his cadaver to get a closer look at his expert techniques. Dr. Carlson has done more than 100 LES midline approach cases using SpineFrontier’s instruments and implants.

Dr. Carlson, said, “The Baltimore event was an enormous success. We enjoyed the company of a lot of great surgeons and eager fellows who were interested in LES technologies, techniques and of course AxioMed’s total disc replacement technology. It was an enriching day of education and learning for our SpineFrontier team.  All the surgeons who participated were really engaged in the hands-on labs and getting their questions answered.”

The LES Society Lab in Baltimore was the first in its series of labs and journal clubs for residents and fellows from around the country.  New York neurosurgeon, Dr. John Shiau, engaged the crowd with his energetic and passionate insights on the benefits of MIS techniques. Next, Dr. Michael Murray, an orthopedic surgeon also from New York, instructed the audience on case selection and techniques for a cervical standalone using SpineFrontier’s A-CIFT™ SoloFuse. His patience and meticulous instruction was greatly appreciated by the residents and fellows. Wrapping up the lectures, Dr. Khan, the Baltimore-based neurosurgeon, spoke eloquently about the simplicity and benefit of using an interspinous device as part of the LES philosophy.

Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) is based on a new surgical philosophy. Small open incisions are created, through which the surgeon only exposes what needs to be treated for maximum effectiveness. By developing improved technologies and techniques tailored for pinpointing a problem and fixing it without collateral damage, LES® minimizes normal tissue disruption without relying on excessive radiation.

LES® procedures are performed in an outpatient setting and are tailored to the patient’s lifestyle, health status, and body type. This personal attention decreases risk, is simpler for the surgeon to perform, reduces pain and blood loss, and decreases recovery time.

After lectures, the four LES Society surgeons served as proctors at different cadaver stations.

Dr. Carlson ran a station on midline screw trajectories featuring the PedFuse REmind and FacetFuse® Screws.
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore
Dr. Shiau’s station demonstrated the MISquito™ and InSpan™ technologies.
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore
Dr. Murray ran a station on A-CIFT™ SoloFuse-P™, teaching residents about how to get cervical exposure.
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore
Dr. Khan hosted a station on InVue and Inset® Anterior Cervical Plates. He also showcased AxioMed’s Freedom® Cervical Disc.
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore

After cadaver labs, Frank Schnur, the CSO of SpineFrontier and KICVentures, spoke about the compelling opportunity represented by the KICVentures ecosystem and one of its portfolio companies, AxioMed. AxioMed Freedom® total disc replacement is a single piece technology with a viscoelastic polymer core that closely mimics the shock absorption and movement of a human disc. Surgeons enjoyed putting in the AxioMed Freedom® Cervical Total Disc Replacement earlier in the day.

Dr. Carlson, said, “The Baltimore event was an enormous success. We enjoyed the company of a lot of great surgeons and eager fellows who were interested in LES technologies, techniques and of course AxioMed’s total disc replacement technology. It was an enriching day of education and learning for our SpineFrontier team.  All the surgeons who participated were really engaged in the hands-on labs and getting their questions answered.”

SpineFrontier: From Hospital to Ambulatory Surgery Center: Midline Cortical Pedicle Screws Vs. Traditional Pedicle Screws

From Hospital to Ambulatory Surgery Center: Midline Cortical Pedicle Screws Vs. Traditional Pedicle Screws

Kingsley R. Chin, MD1, 2

Fabio J.R. Pencle, MB BS1

André V. Coombs, MB BS3

Mohamed Elsharkawy, MD3

Corrine F. Packer, MB BS3

Elijah A. Hothem, MD3

Jason A. Seale, MB BS1

  1. Less Exposure Surgery Specialists Institute (LESS Institute).
  2. Florida Atlantic University (FAU) & Florida International University (FIU)
  3. Less Exposure Surgery (LES) Society.
Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: We did not seek or receive any funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), or others for this work. KRC is a shareholder in and receives other benefits from SpineFrontier Inc., none of the other authors (FJRP, AVC, ME, CFP, EAH or JAS) have any potential conflicts of interest to declare for this work.

Abstract

Introduction

Modern advances in spine surgery including less invasive procedures have propelled the design of instruments and implants to achieve greater posterior spinal fixation, with decreased tissue destruction and higher safety margins.  Static and dynamic biomechanical studies have validated the superior pullout strength of cortical screws versus the traditional pedicle screws and might represent an opportunity to perform safe lumbar fusions in ambulatory surgery centers (ASC).  The authors aim to compare the outcomes of midline cortical pedicle screw surgical technique for posterior lumbar fixation in the ASC compared to traditional pedicle screws in a hospital.

Method

The medical records of 60 patients with prospectively collected data were reviewed. Two matched cohort groups consisting of 30 patients each, midline cortical pedicle screws performed in ASC patients (Group 1) was compared to traditional pedicle screws performed in Hospital patients (Group 2). Outcomes were measured using Visual Analog Scale (VAS) scores, Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) scores, estimated blood loss (EBL) and Radiologic fusion rate.

Results

33 males and 27 females, age range (28-75), average 58±3 years. Average BMI was 29±1.15 kg/m2. Significant improvement noted in VAS back pain scores in Group 1 from 7.8±0.5 to 2.5±0.7, p=0.001. Comparing VAS back pain scores and ODI scores, significant improvement demonstrated between group 1 and 2, p=0.004 and p=0.027 respectively. Mean EBL in group 1 was significantly less, p=0.025 than group 2. Intergroup fusion rate at two year was similar, p=0.855.

Conclusions

We successfully transitioned our lumbar fusions from hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers using a midline cortical pedicle screw technique. Although traditional pedicle screw placement was effective and may be viable in an ambulatory surgery center we see more advantages to use midline cortical screws over traditional pedicle screws.

SpineFrontier: From Hospital to Ambulatory Surgery Center: Midline Cortical Pedicle Screws Vs. Traditional Pedicle Screws
SpineFrontier: From Hospital to Ambulatory Surgery Center: Midline Cortical Pedicle Screws Vs. Traditional Pedicle Screws
SpineFrontier: From Hospital to Ambulatory Surgery Center: Midline Cortical Pedicle Screws Vs. Traditional Pedicle Screws