Tristate Brain and Spine Institute's Recent Medical Study Indexed to the National Institute of Health's PubMed Library of Studies

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The study, done by Neurosurgeon Dr. Hamid Abbasi MD PhD FACS FAANS and Healthcare Economist Christopher M. Murphy MBA and published with the Cureus Journal of Medical Science in July, has been done on the Economic Performance of Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) with a Focus on Hospital Throughput Efficiency.

"The OLLIF spinal fusion procedure serves as the only procedure that does not require removal of spinal bone, or dissection of the spine's supportive muscle infrastructure."

Tristate Brain and Spine Institute’s recent medical study on the Economic Performance of Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) with a Focus on Hospital Throughput Efficiency, done by research partners Dr. Hamid Abbasi and Christopher M. Murphy, has been indexed to the National Institute of Health’s PubMed Library of Studies.

Low back pain affects up to 80% of all people at some point during their lifetime and is one of the most expensive and prevalent health conditions in the Western world. This condition is one of the most common causes of health care utilization, the leading cause of activity limitation for people under 45, and the third most common cause of surgical procedures in the United States.

The standard treatment for lower back pain, interbody fusion, in an invasive procedure that requires stripping the muscles and soft tissue. This leads to increased blood loss and a long recovery time. Harms and Rolinger developed the transformational lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) as a treatment for disc disorders in 1982. However, during the TLIF procedure, muscles are detached and denervated, which may cause significant morbidity. To address these issues, minimally invasive (MI) TLIF was developed. While MI TLIF has been shown to decrease blood loss and complication rates relative to open TLIF, surgery times and long-term outcomes have been reported to be similar.

Oblique posterior lateral lumbar fusion (OLLIF) is a surgical procedure designed for a minimally invasive spinal fusion. The OLLIF procedure allows for fusion of the lumbar spine through a single 10-15 mm incision, with faster surgery times and easier approach than any previous technique. This procedure is normally performed for patients that require a spinal fusion but do not want the recovery time required in a traditional spinal fusion surgery.

In recent years, the rate of disability due to low back pain has increased dramatically, and consequently, costs have skyrocketed. As such, advancements in the surgical treatment of lower back pain could benefit numerous patients annually and contribute to lower health care costs. This study was a retrospective case series including 69 OLLIF patients and 55 open TLIF controls. All procedures were completed by the same surgeon as single surgeon procedures. The exempt status of this study, in accordance with FDA 21 CFR 56.104 and DHHS 45 CFR 46.101 regulations, was approved by the Pearl Institutional Review Board (15-TRIS-101; Indianapolis, IN 46225) in February 2015.

The cost reductions and faster recovery times associated with the OLLIF procedure make it an appealing alternative to the traditional open fusions available for patient and insurance providers. The reduction in the use of these key hospital resources suggests that hospitals that are constrained by OR or hospital bed availability may be able to achieve greater throughput efficiency by increasing the overall percentage of patients receiving the OLLIF surgery.

About Tristate Brain and Spine Institute: Tristate Brain and Spine Institute is dedicated to evaluating and treating all types of brain and spine problems, no matter how complex. Our doctors have extensive training from around the world, and are up to date on all the latest techniques and technologies. Our specialties include OLLIF a minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive SI Joint fusion, injections and physical therapy. We are only 1 of 3 facilities in the United States that have an Upright MRI. Whatever your ailment, we have the medical expertise and technological capability to successfully treat your problem and help you recover as quickly as possible. Tristate Brain and Spine Institute, has locations in Alexandria, Crookston and Edina Minnesota. Our staff is made up of experts in brain and spinal care.

About Dr. Hamid R. Abbasi: Dr. Abbasi is board-certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Abbasi has trained in prestigious institutions like Stanford University, Dartmouth College and MD Anderson. He is an expert in brain and spine disease and a leading surgeon in the minimally invasive treatment of the spine. Dr. Abbasi is among a few surgeons with the highest number of revolutionary OLLIF procedures performed.

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