Inspired Spine Publishes Favorable Study on Minimally Invasive Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion

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Inspired Spine announced that its study on minimally invasive direct lateral interbody fusion (MIS-DLIF) has been published and is available on PubMed. The procedure represents a significant advancement over the XLIF procedure including better pain reduction, decreased hospital stay and less blood loss.

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Inspired Spine's new DLIF study showed reduced OR time and length of stay along with highly significant pain reduction for back pain.

Inspired Spine announced that its study on minimally invasive direct lateral interbody fusion (MIS-DLIF) has been published and is available on PubMed. The procedure represents a significant improvement with less postoperative pain and increased function than previous minimally invasive procedure options.

MIS-DLIF is a new single surgeon procedure that is shown to alleviate back pain in patients with degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis or severe disc herniation. The study included nine participants and measured patient-reported pain, surgery time, duration of hospital stay and complications. The new MIS-DLIF is an advancement of the previously developed DLIF/XLIF procedure, which is completed within a fraction of the time and possesses the highest safety record.

Before surgery, patients reported an average of 9.3 out of 10 on sliding pain scale. At the first post-surgical follow-up, patients reported their pain was substantially reduced to 4.8 out of 10. Additional highlights of the study included: average surgery times were 44 minutes and 85 minutes for one and two segment procedures, respectively; and the average hospital stay was 0.3 days and 1.7 days for one and two segment procedures, with 4 of the 9 patients being discharged 2 to 4 hours after surgery.

These results indicate that MIS-DLIF may soon be routinely performed as an outpatient procedure. Also, these results are demonstrably favorable when compared to those of traditional surgical methods, where procedural durations are between 2 and 4 hours and blood loss is typically 7 to 10 times higher. MIS-DLIF reduced the risk of complications in the study because its advanced minimally invasive technique substantially reduced blood loss by eliminating the need for open surgery via the employment of real time biplanar fluoroscopy X-ray imaging.

MIS-DLIF is a Minnesota-born advancement in lumbar spinal disease management. This procedure has been demonstrated to be a game changer as an advanced minimally invasive spinal fusion alternative because, compared to open surgery, it substantially reduces recovery time. Early outcomes and a lack of complications demonstrate that MIS-DLIF is a promising procedure that has the potential to become the standard of care which could deliver billions of dollars in savings to the US healthcare system.

To read the full study visit the Cureus journal HERE. For more information on MIS-DLIF visit Inspired Spine.

About Inspired Spine

Inspired Spine, a Minnesota-based advanced minimally invasive spinal surgery technology developer, has introduced and performed over 500 procedures using revolutionary new technologies and procedures in advanced minimally invasive systems. These new procedures are transforming how spinal surgeries are approached and can replace more traditional “open” spinal fusion surgeries. Inspired Spine is focused on the development of advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques, procedures and other health care technology to minimize or eliminate the physical and economic risks and discomfort that are created by the daily struggles of enduring back pain and its physical limitations. Learn more at


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