January 2016


January 4th, 2016|

Spinal surgery is often required to relieve pain, improve daily function, and regain one’s quality of life. The ability to heal efficiently after surgery is essential to ensuring a good outcome. Unfortunately, surgery, by its very nature, causes stress and trauma to the body. Surgery can result in local tissue damage
and inflammation as well as metabolic stress and weakening of the […]

Vini: Case for Becoming Your Own Health Advocate

January 4th, 2016|

The beginning and end of my story is no different from many of those I’ve read in “Spine Tales.” Degenerative disc disease of my lumbar spine had progressed to the point where surgical intervention was necessary, and I now live a full life completely free of back pain. What I want to convey in this […]

December 2015

Lumbar Fusions 101

December 16th, 2015|

The terms lumbar fusion and spinal fusion have received enormous amounts of negative press in the last ten years. Unfortunately, the impression given by the lay press is that these are procedures that are done too frequently and for no valid clinical reason.

While the topic of overutilization of fusion lies beyond the scope of this […]

April 2015

SI Joint Fusion with SImmetry Device

April 10th, 2015|

 The purpose of the EVoluSIon study is to evaluate the SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System for fusion of the SI joint and relief of SI joint pain symptoms. This is a prospective, non-randomized post market study designed to collect data on SI joint fusion and subject back pain following implant of the SImmetry device.

SI Joint Fusion with iFuse Implant

April 10th, 2015|

  The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of the iFuse Implant System to treat degenerative sacroiliitis (arthritis of the SI joint) and sacroiliac disruption (abnormal separation or tearing of the sacroiliac joint). The iFuse Implant System (iFuse device) is a medical device that is surgically implanted into the sacroiliac (SI) joint during […]

Improving Spinal Fusion Outcomes through Implant Placement

April 10th, 2015|

 -During interbody spinal fusion surgeries, placing the interbody cages wider apart has a great impact on mitigating the loss of disc height after surgery.
-Maintaining disc height after a fusion surgery indicates a lower risk of revision surgery
For a specific type of spinal fusion surgery, called interbody fusions, cages are implanted into the space between two […]

Increasing Safety of Revision Surgery by Decreasing Scar Tissue

April 10th, 2015|

 The use of Amniofix in spinal fusion surgeries may reduce scar tissue formation and adhesion and lead to safer, easier revision spine surgeries.
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Scar tissue forms as part of the natural healing process. Any type of surgery can result in scar tissue formation. Promising results from the study conducted by the Spinal Research Foundation showed […]

Bone Putty

April 10th, 2015|

 The aim of this trial is to evaluate P-15 bone putty in comparison to local autologous bone graft in effectiveness and safety when applied in cervical fusion surgery.
To help with fusion of the vertebrae during the healing process after spinal fusion surgery, surgeons typically place the patient’s own ground bone (called an autograft) between the […]

Stem Cells

April 10th, 2015|

 Purpose: Evaluate the Trinity Evolution bone matrix used in cervical fusion surgeries to measure rate of fusion, improvement in pain and function, neurological function maintenance, and safety.


The Spinal Research Foundation was part of a clinical trial that examined the effect of using Trinity Evolution bone matrix as part of the surgical treatment for cervical spine […]

Bone Proteins in the Lower Back

April 10th, 2015|

 The use of BMP as a graft in fusion surgery led to a higher rate of successful bone fusion and a significant reduction of pain after surgery in comparison to other bone grafts

Patients treated with BMP were less likely to require another costly and lengthy surgery

Proteins called bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP) are used to promote […]