Inspired Spine has announced that it has reached the milestone of completing 1,500 oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF) procedures.
According to a company press release, OLLIF is a minimally invasive surgical technique that 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.
The procedure employs an incision of 15mm, produces up to 90% 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, are often discharged the same day and no deep infections have occurred during the first 1,500 procedures, say the company.
Inspired Spine has also developed two derivative lumbar fusion techniques from the OLLIF approach— minimally invasive direct lateral interbody fusion (MIS-DLIF) and minimally invasive direct thoracic interbody fusion (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. Inspired Spine is the only provider they are aware of in the country who performs this procedure.