Dr. Mark Giovanini performs 1st spine surgery with Avenue T: 5 key notes


Pensacola, Fla.-based NeuroMicroSpine's Mark Giovanini, MD, performed the first outpatient transformational lumbar interbody fusion with the FDA-approved Avenue T device from Zimmer Biomet.

Here are five things to know:


1. Avenue T is a lumbar interbody device, incorporating integrated, zero-profile VerteBRIDGE® plating and is cleared for use with supplementation fixation. The surgeon can place the interbody device through a small incision with minimal blood loss.


2. The procedure can be performed in large patients with a BMI in the 40 range.


3. Overnight stay isn't required. Dr. Giovanini performed the procedure at Cornerstone Surgicare ASC, a freestanding surgery center without hospital affiliation.


4. The first procedure was on a patient with BMI over 40 and that patient was discharged within two hours after surgery.


5. The patient didn't have any complications and reported minimal pain after the procedure.


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