Life Spine receives approval to conduct study on open vs. minimally invasive posterior lumbar spine surgery: 5 insights Featured

Written by  Megan Wood | Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:53
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Life Spine received approval for a study to investigate open versus minimally invasive posterior lumbar spine surgery using its two screw systems.

Here are five insights:


1. The Western Institutional Review Board approved the study, which will compare outcomes of open posterior lumbar interbody fusion with midline lumbar interbody fusion, using Life Spine's NAUTILUS Thoracolumbar Pedicle Screw System and CENTERLINE Thoracolumbar Cortical Screw System hardware.


2. Researchers will compare a baseline preoperative Electrodiagnostic Functional Assessment to postoperative EFA tests.


3. The study will reveal which procedure yields faster muscular recovery and better functional outcomes.


4. Principle investigator Frank Tomecek, MD, of Tulsa-based Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute, noted this study is unique because it will evaluate surgical outcomes with EFA tests.


5. MaryRose Reaston, PhD, founder and chief strategy officer of Emerge Diagnostics, will serve as co-investigator.


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