May 2010

TriHealth Surgeons Researching Minimally Invasive Alternative to Spinal Fusion

Cincinnati, OH

Surgeons at TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital are participating in a clinical study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a new, minimally invasive process to treat low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The study is being conducted through Hatton Institute, the research division of TriHealth. Through the study, a small device is implanted in patients via two small incisions and a single port approximately the size of a dime. The device is designed to stabilize and prevent painful motion in the degenerative lumbar spine without fusing. If approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the device may serve as an alternative to traditional spinal fusion surgery for the treatment of low back pain. For more information, contact Lisa Owendoff,