AUDUBON, Pa., Oct. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Globus Medical, Inc. (NYSE:GMED), a leading musculoskeletal solutions company, announced today that a recent clinical study evaluating static versus expandable lateral lumbar interbody fusion devices was awarded best paper at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) Annual Forum held last month.
The study, led by Dr. Richard Frisch, an orthopedic surgeon at Southeastern Spine Institute, compared clinical and radiographic outcomes of sixty-four patients who underwent minimally invasive lateral lumber interbody fusion (LLIF) for symptomatic degenerative disc disease. At one year postoperative follow up, patients treated with Globus Medical’s expandable technology experienced significantly greater segmental lordosis and a significantly lower subsidence rate than those in the static group, based on radiographic evidence. Both the expandable and static spacer groups reported similar improvements in back pain scores with no significant differences in clinical outcomes.
“Subsidence of interbody spacers is a clinical concern due to loss of disc height and foraminal height, and the recurrence of symptoms that may result in revision surgery,” said Dr. Frisch. “The preliminary results of this study suggest that expandable lateral interbody spacers offer important clinical advantages by increasing and maintaining segmental lordosis while potentially decreasing the risk of endplate damage and subsidence.”
Andrew Iott, Senior Vice President of Global Product Development, commented, “Globus Medical would like to congratulate Dr. Frisch on receiving this best paper award at SMISS. We are proud to have sponsored this important research demonstrating the benefits of expandable interbody spacers. As the market leader in expandable interbody technologies, Globus is committed to developing next generation implants that provide innovative solutions to maximize lordosis and help address sagittal imbalance.”
To access the study and learn more about Globus Medical’s portfolio of lateral expandable interbody spacers, visit www.GlobusMedical.com/LLIF
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Globus Medical, Inc. is a leading musculoskeletal solutions company based in Audubon, PA. The company was founded in 2003 by an experienced team of professionals with a shared vision to create products that enable surgeons to promote healing in patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Additional information can be accessed at http://www.globusmedical.com.
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