First Clinical Study of Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion by Dr. Hamid Abbasi Published in the National Health Institute Index

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Tristate Brain and Spine Institute is pleased to announce that the first clinical study of oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF), performed by Dr. Hamid Abbasi, has been published in the National Institute of Health Index as of December 2015. Additionally, Dr. Abbasi presented his study at the Walter Dandy Neurological Society Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in November 2015.

OLLIF drastically reduces hospitalization, surgery and recovery times, but blood loss is significantly decreased (from 355 ml lost, on average in traditional procedures, to 29 ml lost on average during OLLIF).

Tristate Brain and Spine Institute is pleased to announce that the first clinical study of oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF), performed by Dr. Hamid Abbasi, was published in the National Institute of Health Index in December 2015. Dr. Abbasi’s study, “Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF): Technical Notes and Early Results of a Single Surgeon Comparative Study,” is the first to look at patient data, statistics and outcomes following the OLLIF procedure in comparison to the traditional open spinal fusion surgery that is still the standard procedure being performed by spine surgeons around the globe. Dr. Abbasi is among only a handful of surgeons in the United States who are performing the revolutionary OLLIF procedure, and by analyzing and comparing actual patient outcome, his study goes beyond backing up the theoretical science by quantifying the data from patients who have undergone the procedure.

The study found that the procedure can be completed in a minimally invasive approach. OLLIF can be performed using an incision no larger than a dime compared to more traditional procedures which include separation of the muscles and soft tissue which in turn can compound the possibility of complications following any surgical procedure. Dr. Abbasi’s findings, however, show that when compared with more traditional procedures, OLLIF drastically reduces hospitalization, surgery and recovery times, but blood loss is significantly decreased (from 355 ml lost, on average in traditional procedures, to 29 ml lost on average during OLLIF). Additionally, the study found that time before returning to work and the amount of time with restricted activity are severely decreased. According to Dr. Abbasi, these facts show that “OLLIF is a minimally invasive fusion that significantly reduces surgery times compared to open surgery and which overcomes the difficulties of traditional open fusions, making it a safe and technically less demanding surgery” than more traditional procedures.

In addition to having the results of this study published in the National Institute of Health Index, in November 2015, Dr. Abbasi presented the study at the Walter Dandy Neurological Conference in Dubai, UAE, and is now an internationally recognized speaker on the topic and benefits of the OLLIF procedure, which is yet another step in creating awareness of this minimally invasive and revolutionary surgery.

Dr. Abbasi’s study can be found on the National Institute of Health Index here (abstract) and here (full study).

About Dr. Hamid R. Abbasi, MD, PHD, FACS, FAANS
Dr. Hamid R. Abbasi is board-certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Abbasi has trained at 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.

Dr. Abbasi is one of a few surgeons with the largest experience in minimally invasive spine surgery including minimally invasive correction of deformities and scoliosis. He manages a vast variety of spine diseases including: surgical pain management, complex spine surgery, trauma and spinal stabilizations, spine and spinal cord tumors, brain tumors, pituitary tumors, brain hemorrhage and none emergent trauma vagal nerve stimulator, peripheral nerve and carpal tunnel.

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.

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.

http://tristatebrainspine.com/

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