October 31, 2016
Dr. Kern Singh, Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Center, Co-Director Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, has been selected by Expanding Orthopedics Inc. to lead a clinical study on the FLXfit™ 3D Expandable Cage at Rush University Medical Center. "Based on my initial experience with the FLXfit cage, it is easily inserted through an MIS TLIF technique, as it's initially delivered as a straight cage and can be articulated inside the disc space creating a 'banana' like shape," said Dr. Singh.
Ofer Bokobza, CEO of Expanding Orthopedics, released a statement regarding the clinical study in which he highlighted both Dr. Singh and Rush University Medical Center. "We are very excited to have such a renowned international surgeon as Dr. Singh lead a clinical study on the FLXfit at one of US's leading teaching institutions. We are confident that this study will demonstrate the FLXfit clinical value and the benefits it would provide to both patients and surgeons in the quest for sagittal alignment restoration through a MI approach," said Bokobza.
Despite its popularity, minimally invasive spine surgery still presents many challenges. "MIS surgery is one of the biggest trends in spine fusion procedures, but still encompasses many challenges, one of them is delivering a large footprint cage into the disc space through a small tube," said Dr. Singh. "The anatomy of the lower disc spaces, representing 80% of the procedures, adds further challenges of limited access as well as lordosis correction/restoration needs. Achieving that with a single implant through a MI access is a major undertaking," he added.
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