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

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

Newport News, Virginia –Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Orthopaedic & Spine Center announced today that Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson finished his 100th case using SpineFrontier’s® PedFuse® REmind® Screws. The operation took place on Tues., 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. 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™

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 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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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. 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 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. 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 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

Dr. Roger D. Sung First In Colorado to Successfully Implant the Inset Cervical Plate

Dr. Roger D. Sung First In Colorado to Successfully Implant the Inset Cervical Plate from SpineFrontier, Inc. Using the Less Exposure Surgery Philosophy for Segmental Cervical Plating

Beverly, MA – March 2, 2012 ­– SpineFrontier, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing less exposure surgery (LES) technologies, announced today that Roger D. Sung, M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeon in Colorado Springs, CO has successfully implanted the Inset Anterior Cervical Plate while operating at the Spine Center at the Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group. Performing his first two Inset procedures in one day, the procedures were one and two levels with collapsed discs stabilized by using 5 millimeter Inset plates.

“The new lower profile Inset plate is very easy to place,” said Dr. Sung. “The unique Inset design allows for adjacent level procedures without plate interference.”

Dr. Sung is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and went on to receive his medical degree and complete his orthopedic surgery residency from the UCLA School of Medicine.  He is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon and completed his orthopedic surgery fellowship at Case Western Reserve University under the mentorship of Henry H. Bohlman, M.D.  He currently practices at the Spine Center at the Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group.

About the Inset Cervical Plate

The Inset Cervical Plate System was recently released by SpineFrontier, Inc. The system provides surgeons with a low profile plate design with large graft windows for visibility and anterior graft packing. The pre-angled screw holes make it easy to insert the screws reliably, but also allow the ability to vary the angle of the screws on insertion. The zero-step dual-integrated lock mechanisms with folding wings on the screw head and a mating slot within the plate means there is no secondary locking mechanism that can fail so there is prevention of screw back-out with the Inset plate.

The Inset Anterior Cervical Plate System is intended for anterior spine fixation for use in providing temporary stabilization during the development of cervical spinal fusions. The levels of treatment range from C2 to T1. Indications include symptomatic cervical spondylolisthesis, trauma (fracture or dislocation), spinal stenosis, deformities or curvatures (scoliosis, kyphosis and or lordosis), tumor, pseudoarthrosis, degenerative disc disease (defined as discogenic pain with degeneration of the disc confirmed by history and radiographic studies), and re-operation for failed fusion or instability following surgery for above indications.

About SpineFrontier

SpineFrontier Inc. 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 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

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Dr. Kingsley R. Chin Successfully Implants New E-LIFT

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin Successfully Implants SpineFrontier’s New E-LIFT Interbody Cage at University Hospital in Tamarac, Florida

Beverly, MA – February 29, 2012 ­– SpineFrontier, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing less exposure surgery (LES) technologies, announced today that Kingsley R. Chin, M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeon at the Institute for Modern and Innovative Surgery (iMIS) in South Florida, has successfully implanted the first E-LIFT interbody cage through an extraforaminal oblique-lateral approach at L4-5. The patient was a 77-year-old female with degenerative spondylolisthesis, severe neurogenic claudication, and back pain.

“The E-LIFT system allowed me to do this surgery through a one centimeter incision with only 30 cc of blood loss, and less than three minutes of live fluoroscopy time. We increased the disc height and foramen with a 12 millimeter E-LIFT PEEK cage, which treated the patient’s stenosis and instability,” said Dr. Chin. “We avoided having to use a lateral decubitus position, which would risk injury to the lumbar plexus had we used a direct lateral approach. Instead, we were able to add posterior LES technologies to decompress and stabilize the lumbar spine without changing the patient position. I think the E-LIFT technique has the potential to be the best approach for interbody fusion from L1-L5.”

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 Spine Surgery in South Florida.

About LES Technology

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.

“The E-LIFT technique is based on the principle of distracting the disc space with sequential dilating cannulas to increase the foraminal height. This allows for a more complete discectomy and endplate preparation for fusion,” said Dr. Chin. “Standard lateral access instruments like shavers and curettes are used though the cannula. The bulleted and cannulated E-LIFT PEEK cage further self-distracts the disc space during insertion over a guidewire or through the LESR-O cannula.”

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 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

Dr. S. Craig Meyer First to Successfully Implant the Inset Cervical Plate

Dr. S. Craig Meyer First to Successfully Implant the Inset Cervical Plate from SpineFrontier, Inc. Intended For Segmental Anterior Cervical Fusion Using the Less Exposure Surgery Philosophy

Beverly, MA – February 29, 2012 ­– SpineFrontier, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing less exposure surgery (LES) technologies, announced today that Steven Craig Meyer, M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeon in Columbia, MO has implanted the first Inset Anterior Cervical Plate while operating at the Columbia Orthopaedic Group.

“Inset is a revolutionary plate. It is unique in comparison to other plating options due to its low profile,” said Dr. Meyer. It actually sits inside the disc space and allows easy segmental fixation capability one level at a time.”

Dr. Meyer is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and went on to receive his medical degree and complete an orthopedic surgery residency at the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri. He is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon and completed his spine fellowship at the Institute for Spinal Disorders at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Meyer is one of the rare surgeons who completed a fellowship combining orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery. He currently practices at the Columbia Orthopaedic Group in Columbia, MO.

“This [first case] was a challenging revision surgery for adjacent segment disease. Originally, I had planned on performing the decompression above the previous fusion, then plating Inset at each level without removing the previously placed anterior instrumentation. However, I removed it because it obstructed my visualization while trying to decompress. In the future, I anticipate being able to place Inset without having to remove the previous instrumentation in the case of adjacent level degeneration, as long as the previous device does not interfere with decompression,” said Dr. Meyer. “Inset will enable surgeons to perform the same surgery with less time and exposure, and not have to worry about finding instrumentation to remove a plate that was placed 10-15 years ago.”

About the Inset Cervical Plate

The Inset Cervical Plate System was recently released by SpineFrontier, Inc. The system provides surgeons with a low profile plate design with large graft windows for visibility and anterior graft packing. The pre-angled screw holes make it easy to insert the screws reliably, but also allow the ability to vary the angle of the screws on insertion. The zero-step dual-integrated lock mechanisms with folding wings on the screw head and a mating slot within the plate means there is no secondary locking mechanism that can fail so there is prevention of screw back-out with the Inset plate.

“The new ultra-low profile Inset ACP is an exciting improvement in segmental spine surgery,” said SpineFrontier’s Inset Product Manager Mike Drnek.

The Inset Anterior Cervical Plate System is intended for anterior spine fixation for use in providing temporary stabilization during the development of cervical spinal fusions. The levels of treatment range from C2 to T1. Indications include symptomatic cervical spondylolisthesis, trauma (fracture or dislocation), spinal stenosis, deformities or curvatures (scoliosis, kyphosis and or lordosis), tumor, pseudoarthrosis, degenerative disc disease (defined as discogenic pain with degeneration of the disc confirmed by history and radiographic studies), and re-operation for failed fusion or instability following surgery for above indications.

About SpineFrontier

SpineFrontier Inc. 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 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