Dr. Alexios Apazidis Completes Successful Discectomy & Fusion Surgery Using SpineFrontier's A-CIFT SoloFuse™ Less Exposure Surgery Technology

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Dr. Alexios Apazidis performs a discectomy and fusion surgery at the Fifth Avenue Surgery Center, utilizing Less Exposure surgery techniques coupled with SpineFrontier technology.

SpineFrontier A-CIFT SoloFuse technology

SpineFrontier A-CIFT SoloFuse technology

The system is very easy to use. The instrumentation is low profile and well thought out.

Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Alexios Apazidis completed a successful C3-4 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion at Fifth Avenue Surgery Center in New York City in August. As a result of a herniated disc, the female patient was experiencing radiculopathy symptoms and neck pain. After failing conservative treatment options including physical therapy, pain medications and epidural injections - she opted for a surgical approach.

Preferring a zero profile implant option as a result of existing hardware at the adjacent level, Dr. Apazidis chose to utilize the spinal device company's Less Exposure Surgery Technology, A-CIFT SoloFuse - designed to leverage the familiarity of existing techniques while providing an alternative to cumbersome plating for one-level procedures.

Dr. Apazidis attested to the advantages of using the A-CIFT SoloFuse technology during this procedure. "The system is very easy to use. The instrumentation is low profile and well thought out, allowing you to expedite the procedure," said Dr. Apazidis.

"This was a perfect case for A-CIFT SoloFuse because it was adjacent to a two-level fusion with a plate that was extremely proximal to the adjacent level and likely led to the degeneration of that level," he explained. "The ability to have a low profile implant around a bulky plate allowed us to avoid the need to extend the dissection and spend time removing the plate. The trajectory of the screws allows us to achieve excellent fixation and maintain the position of the implant as it was placed intraoperatively."

The simplicity of the A-CIFT SoloFuse design makes for a straightforward implantation that minimizes tissue disruption. This was SpineFrontier technology's debut at the Fifth Avenue Surgery Center.

About Dr. Apazidis

Dr. Apazidis is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the New York area, including NYU Winthrop Hospital and Nassau University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Medical Society of the State of New York and Suffolk County Medical Society. He is certified board eligible by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.

About SpineFrontier® Inc.
SpineFrontier Inc. is a growing medical technology 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 is headquartered in Malden, Mass. It is a KICVentures portfolio company and the leader in LES® technologies and instruments.

About Less Exposure Surgery
Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) is based on a new philosophy of performing surgery. LES® is less invasive than MIS. By developing improved technologies and techniques tailored for pinpointing a problem and fixing it without collateral damage, LES® minimizes tissue disruption.

About A-CIFT SoloFuse
A-CIFT SoloFuse-P Standalone Less Exposure Surgery System was intentionally designed to leverage the familiarity of existing techniques while providing an alternative to cumbersome plating for one-level procedures. Its simplicity of design makes for a straightforward implantation that minimizes tissue disruption.

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