A small study from Inspired Spine has found a significant reduction in back pain following minimally invasive direct thoracic interbody fusion (MIS-DTIF).
The study included four participants and measured patient-reported pain, surgery time and complications.
Before surgery, patients reported an average of 8.8 out of 10 on sliding pain scale. At the first follow up after surgery, patients reported their pain was significantly reduced to 3.5 out of 10. The study also found that surgery time was approximately one hour, and the hospital stay was about two days. The author reports that some patients can go home the next day.
According to a company release, MIS-DTIF reduced the risk of complications in the study because of its “advanced” minimally invasive technique, which should eliminate the need to open the chest and makes use of real-time biplane fluoroscopy X-ray imaging.