Dr. Mark W. McFarland Is First Surgeon to Implant SpineFrontier’s® New LES® P-LIFT® Interbody Cage

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Dr. McFarland successfully implants SpineFrontier’s® new LES® P-LIFT® Interbody Cage and believes it provides less invasive procedure with better results for his patients.

Dr. McFarland

Dr. Mark W. McFarland

The new design of the SpineFrontier interbody fusion cages allows me to significantly reduce the invasiveness of this procedure.

Orthopaedic & Spine Center (http://www.OSC-Ortho.com) announced today that Dr. Mark W. McFarland was the first surgeon to implant SpineFrontier’s® LES® P-LIFT® Interbody Cage. The operation took place on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA. The procedure was an L-4-5 posterior lumbar interbody fusion on a female patient.

SpineFrontier’s LES P-LIFT Interbody Cage is a Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) technology. LES technologies are designed with outpatient surgery in mind and strive for minimal disruption of the tissues.

Dr. McFarland remarked on the advantages of LES P-LIFT’s unique design: “The new design of the SpineFrontier interbody fusion cages allows me to significantly reduce the invasiveness of this procedure. At the same time, I am able to maximize the graft area and bone growth potential. What this basically will mean for my patients is a less invasive procedure with better results. I look forward to working with SpineFrontier every year as they develop newer and more patient-focused devices that have the capability to change people's lives for the better -this is just one example of that."

The SpineFrontier team is excited about the release of LES P-LIFT because its specialized curvature enables surgeons to expose the least amount of anatomy necessary to complete their procedure. Shaped to conform to the patient’s natural anatomy, this implant features an improved footprint for superior surgical access and stability afterwards. Its larger graft window also increases the chance of bony fusion to occur through the implant.

Dr. McFarland currently practices orthopaedic surgery at the Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, VA where he focuses primarily on the care and treatment of injuries and disorders of the spine. Dr. McFarland graduated from Oklahoma State University Medical School in 1999. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Ohio University and then went on to complete an Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. McFarland is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. Among other honors, he received the “Graduating Physician Academic Excellence Award.” His research includes studies on vertebral compression fracture outcomes.

About SpineFrontier Inc.

SpineFrontier Inc. (http://www.spinefrontier.com) is a growing medical device company that designs, develops and markets both implants and instruments for spine surgery based on the Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) philosophy. These technologies are designed to allow for outpatient surgery due to minimal disruption of normal tissues. SpineFrontier believes LESS is more: LESS time in treatment and recovery is more time in action for patients and surgeons. SpineFrontier is headquartered in Beverly, MA. It was founded in 2006, and released its first products in 2008. SpineFrontier is a KICVentures portfolio company and the leader in LES technologies and instruments.

Indications for P-LIFT®

The P-LIFT® intervertebral body fusion device is a spinal intervertebral body fusion device intended for intervertebral body fusion of the spine of skeletally mature patients, using autogenous bone graft to facilitate fusion. The device is indicated for use in patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD) at one or two contiguous spinal levels from L2- S1. These DDD patients may also have up to Grade I spondylolisthesis or retrolisthesis at the involved level(s).

Degenerative disc disease is defined as discogenic back pain with degeneration of the disc confirmed by history or radiographic studies. These patients should be skeletally mature and have had six months of non-operative treatment.

The P-LIFT® intervertebral body fusion device is intended to be used with supplemental spinal fixation system(s) cleared for use in the lumbar spine.

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