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.

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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.

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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

LES Society Hosts 26 Surgeons at First International Cadaver Course in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay, Jamaica – February 3, 2012 – The Less Exposure Surgery LES Society, a non-profit educational organization for spine surgeons, held a hands-on workshop in conjunction with the 10th Annual Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium on January 27 and 28, 2012 at Half Moon, A Rock Resort, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The cadaveric workshop is a modern fusion technique course that focuses on training spine surgeons on “Less Exposure Surgery for the Young and Aging Spine”.

The Montego Bay course was attended by 26 spine surgeons from the United States and Latin American countries, including eight LES Society surgeon faculty members and Course Directors Carl A.R. Bruce, MD and Adriano Valdez Russo, MD.

The weekend course kicked off with a dinner and lecture series at Half Moon, A Rock Resort, on January 27. The evening featured a lecture from Honorary Guest Norman B. Chutkan, MD, chief of orthopedic spine surgery at the Medical College of Georgia Orthopedic Surgery. The lecture series, presented by LES faculty surgeons, consisted of techniques including facet fixation, SI joint/pars/interbody fixation, interspinous fixation, lateral access, MISquito Percutaneous Pedicle Screws and Endoscopic Extraforaminal Fusion, all within the LES philosophy.

While the LES Society held four similar course workshops in 2011 across the U.S., this was not only the first 2012 event, but also the first international LES event.

“Transforming an empty ballroom into a fully functioning cadaver lab was a tremendous task but worth all the effort to see surgeons from the U.S. and Latin America transfixed on the new techniques they were learning,” said LES Society Course Coordinator Venessa Henry. “At the end of the lab, one surgeon said that he had a patient that would be perfect for one of the LES techniques and would book the case as soon as he got back!”

The LES Society received an unrestricted philanthropic grant to support the lab from SpineFrontier, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing less exposure surgery (LES) technologies who works in conjunction with the LES Society.

“We are committed to working with surgeons in order to develop the newest techniques and technologies for Less Exposure Surgery, and educate other surgeons so that together we can advance spine surgery, said Marwan Aylouche, Director of Global Branding for SpineFrontier, Inc. “We jumped at the invitation to support the LES Society through philanthropy.”

To register for an upcoming LES event, visit www.les-society.org.

About LES Society

The LES Society (www.les-society.org) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization whose purpose is to protect the health of the patient and to optimize the surgical procedure for the surgeon by promoting the less exposure surgeon philosophy.

LES Society Mission

The Less Exposure Surgery Society seeks to advance research, education and technology for tissue sparing treatments that allow for ease of application for the surgeon with improved outcome for the patient.

About Less Exposure Surgery (LES)

“Less Exposure Surgery Philosophy is to use proportionate surgical exposure for maximal effectiveness, preserve the anatomy, and lessen blood loss, surgical time and exposure to radiation,” said LES Society Course Chairman and Spine Surgeon Kingsley R. Chin, MD.

Thanks to our Philanthropic Supporter 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.

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