Inspired Spine reached the milestone of completing 500 oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF) procedures. This minimally invasive surgical technique is designed to improve the performance of lumbar interbody fusions by delivering superior outcomes including less patient recovery time and minimal blood loss, while requiring a procedure duration as short as 30 minutes.
According to a company release, the OLLIF procedure is a minimally invasive lumbar fusion technique that employs an incision of 15mm, produces 80% less blood loss than a traditional fusion, and requires no muscle detachment to access the disc space.
Many patients are ambulatory within two hours after surgery and are often discharged the same day. No infections have occurred during the first 500 procedures.
A number of studies have been and are currently being performed on the OLLIF procedure. One study that has been published in Cureus and presented at meetings has demonstrated that, due to its reduced surgical time and shorter required hospital stay duration, the OLLIF procedure has saved hospitals an average of US$9500 per case while improving patient outcomes.
Inspired Spine has also developed two derivative lumbar fusion techniques from the OLLIF approach: 1) MIS-DLIF and 2) MIS-DTIF. MIS-DLIF is intended to allow minimally invasive lumbar fusions to be successfully performed at L5-S1, overcoming the obstacles presented by the ala of the sacrum and the iliac crest. MIS-DTIF is designed to allow minimally invasive fusion of the thoracic levels of the spine, eliminating the risks associated with traditional thoracic approaches.