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  • Inspired Spine Presents Two Research Studies on the OLLIF Procedure at North American Spine Summer Meeting

    Inspired Spine’s Dr. Hamid Abbasi presented two research studies at the North American Spine Society Summer Meeting held in San Diego CA on July 26-28 2017. The meeting attendees included spine surgeons from all over the world.

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  • Zimmer Biomet, Spineway, Implanet & more: 12 device company key notes

    Here are 12 key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies from the past week.

    Premia Spine launched a pivotal, FDA approval seeking, study of the TOPS system. The first procedure was performed in Pennsylvania.

    Source: Beckersspine

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  • Inspired Spine hosts 2nd Annual Minimally Invasive Spine Conference: 6 highlights

    Inspired Spine hosted the 2nd Annual Minimally Invasive Spine Conference from June 26 to June 28 in Alexandria, Minn.

    Neurosurgeon Hamid Abbasi, MD, PhD, led the conference. He has performed more than 500 Inspired Spine Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion procedures.

    Source: Beckersspine

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  • Tristate Brain and Spine Hosts Inspired Spine Conference in Alexandria Mn

    A group of Doctors from around the United States and Central America gathered in Alexandria earlier this week to learn techniques developed at Tristate Brain and Spine Institute. The 2nd Annual Inspired Spine Training Conference was held Monday through Wednesday of this week.

    Currently there are only 25 doctors in the world performing this surgery and only 5 that have been trained to the level of Tristate Brain and Spine. They are the only clinic to have published papers on the procedure. Recently, Dr. Abbasi published the clinics fifth paper on the surgery.

    Source: Voiceofalexandria

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  • How to Treat Forward Head Posture | Inspired Spine Surgery

    Good posture is essential to the overall health of your spine. Bad posture habits like slouching and craning your neck may feel fine in the moment, but over time these habits can lead to back pain and other spinal issues. Forward head posture is a common bad habit posture that can cause back and neck pain. In this article, we will define forward head posture, and walk you through some good habits for correction.

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  • Dr. Hamid Abbasi reaches 500th OLLIF procedure: 4 highlights

    Hamid Abbasi, MD, performed his 500th Oblique Lateral Lumber Interbody Fusion, according to Crookston Times.

    Dr. Abbasi performed the procedure at RiverView Health in Crookston, Minn.

    The minimally invasive procedure is intended to treat pain from degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and spinal stenosis.

    Source: beckersspine

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  • 8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — June 1, 2017

    Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for June 1, 2017.

    Hamid Abbasi, MD, published his 500th Oblique Lateral Lumber Interbody Fusion. The minimally invasive procedure is intended to treat pain from degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and spinal stenosis. OLLIF, which uses a 15 mm incision, is designed to heighten the disc and limit disc movement.

    Source: beckersspine

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  • RiverView Health – Dr. Abbasi performs 500th minimally invasive spine surgery

    Neurosurgeon Hamid Abbasi, MD, recently reached a milestone as he performed his 500th Oblique Lateral Lumber Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) on a patient at RiverView Health.

    The OLLIF procedure represents medicine’s latest advancements in minimally invasive spine surgery. It treats many of the indications that result in back pain, including: degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, and spinal stenosis. An OLLIF procedure is often required when a disc is damaged or is degenerated. Typically, the height of the disc is reduced, unstable, and bulging. This condition, in turn, can put pressure on the nerves exiting the spine and can cause severe pain in the legs and back.

    Source: crookstontimes

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  • Inspired Spine Presents on Groundbreaking OLLIF Procedure at International Spine Surgery Meeting

    Inspired Spine recently presented on the Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) procedure at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS). Dr. Hamid Abbasi, who developed the OLLIF, discussed the revolutionary procedure that has been a dramatic improvement on existing spinal fusion techniques.

    At the ISASS meeting April 12-14, 2017, Dr. Abbasi discussed the key findings of Inspired Spine’s study titled “Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF): Technical Notes and Early Results of a Single Surgeon Comparative Study”. The study compared the OLLIF procedure to an open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedure.

    Source: orthospinenews

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  • Inspired Spine Presents on Groundbreaking OLLIF Procedure at International Spine Surgery Meeting

    Inspired Spine recently presented on the Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) procedure at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. Dr. Hamid Abbasi, who developed the OLLIF, discussed the revolutionary procedure that has been a dramatic improvement on existing spinal fusion techniques.

    At the ISASS meeting April 12-14, 2017, Dr. Abbasi discussed the key findings of Inspired Spine’s study titled “Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF): Technical Notes and Early Results of a Single Surgeon Comparative Study”. The study compared the OLLIF procedure to an open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedure.

    Source: prweb

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  • Inspired Spine Publishes Ebook Distinguishing Between Spinal OLIF and OLLIF Procedures

    Inspired Spine has recently published an Ebook titled “Distinguishing Between the Spinal OLIF and OLLIF Procedures – Confusion with the War of the LIF’s”. The Ebook is available complimentary and explains in detail the significant differences between the two procedures.

    There are quite a few methods of achieving an interbody fusion in modern spine surgery. OLLIF is short for Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion. The OLLIF is truly a minimally invasive procedure, with a 15mm incision that safely performs an interbody fusion without direct visualization.

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  • Inspired Spine Achieves Milestone of 500 Minimally Invasive OLLIF Procedures

    Inspired Spine, a Minnesota-based spine surgery innovation company, has reached the milestone of completing 500 Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) procedures. This truly minimally invasive surgical technique is revolutionizing the performance of lumbar interbody fusions by delivering superior outcomes including substantially less patient recovery time and minimal blood loss, while requiring a procedure duration as short as 30 minutes.

    Said Chief Medical Officer Hamid Abbasi MD, “Inspired Spine’s mission is to improve patient outcomes by substantially upgrading the surgical standard of care to that which is truly minimally invasive to deliver maximum improvements to each patient. Therefore, our team developed the capability to effectively employ the OLLIF and its derivative techniques throughout the lumbar and thoracic spine. Our data from the 500 procedures demonstrates and documents exceptional outcomes with minimal complications!”

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  • New Method Of Minimally Invasive Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion – A Game Changer

    Inspired Spine announced that its study on minimally invasive direct lateral interbody fusion (MIS-DLIF) has been published and is available on PubMed. 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.

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  • Inspired Spine unveils study results on MIS direct lateral interbody fusion approach — 7 observations

    Inspired Spine, a Minnesota-based advanced minimally invasive spine surgery technology developer, conducted a study on minimally invasive direct lateral interbody fusion of the lumbar spine.

    Nine patients participated in the study, which tested the efficacy and safety of the MIS-DLIF approach. Surgeons performed the procedure on 15 spinal levels in patients who did not experience relief withconservative therapy for a re-herniated disc, spondylolisthesis or other lumbar spine disc condition.

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  • 15 spine surgeons discuss techniques revolutionizing spine care

    Fifteen spine surgeons discuss the most important technological and technique-based innovations in spine care over the last 10 years.

    The procedure, originally developed as XLIF, has led to a paradigm shift in how patients with degenerative deformities in the lumbar spine are treated. By allowing a surgeon to correct coronal imbalance with lateral grafts placed via a minimal approach, XLIF and other lateral fusion techniques have opened up an opportunity to treat patients more effectively, and allow fusions to be performed without long incisions and large posterior constructs.

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  • Inspired Spine’s OLLIF study yields promising results: 7 highlights

    Hamid Abbasi, MD, PhD, presented research on Inspired Spine’s Oblique Lateral Interbody fusion implant.

    Here are seven highlights:

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  • OLLIF and Spinal Deformity Correction

    Minimally invasive correction of deformity has been the holy grail of spine surgery, according to some sources this is technically not even possible. However, with the advancement of technology and increasing experience we are proud to have currently completed numerous MIS deformity corrections that we will discuss in this series. Many times staged procedures can be done which is less risky than addressing all levels at once. In many cases after the first stage the clinical improvement is effective enough that we can avoid any further surgeries, as we say, you fix the patient and not the pictures.

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  • Back pain breakthroughs

    Dr. Hamid Abbasi is changing the standard of care when it comes to spinal fusion surgery. Abbasi is a neuro and spine surgeon at the Tristate Brain and Spine Institute in Alexandria. He’s not only making a name for the center, he’s also making Alexandria a global destination for breakthrough spinal procedures. At least that’s on his agenda.

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  • MN Phsician’s Magazine January 2016 Issue

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  • Minnesota Healthcare News December 2015 Issue

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  • Forum Communication sponsored content article that was in 32 newspapers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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  • Economic Performance of Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) with a Focus on Hospital Throughput Efficiency

    We are proud to announce that our study “Economic Performance of Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) with a Focus on Hospital Throughput Efficiency” has been indexed to the National Institute of Health clinical study depository. Please follow the link that we have provided to review our study.

    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4524774/#!po=4.05405

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  • Neurosurgeon: Spinal procedure a ‘game-changer’ that RiverView could be known far and wide for

    Abbasi would like to make RiverView a renowned ‘center of excellence’ for not just the procedure itself, but for training surgeons on how to perform it

    “There’s nothing funny about hitting your funny bone. Now, just imagine that awful feeling lasting for not for just a few seconds, but it’s ongoing…day in and day out, without relief.”

    That’s how Dr. Hamid R. Abbasi, a neurosurgeon at RiverView Health in Crookston, best describes for those who don’t suffer from chronic back pain what it’s like to deal with that constant, excruciating pain.

    Source: Crookston Times

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  • Tristate Brain and Spine Institute Brings Advanced Spine Treatment Options to Minnesota

    Alexandria, MN-May 4th, 2015-Dr. H. R. Abbasi, a pioneer in advanced minimally invasive surgical services , is committed to providing the most innovative neurological spinal surgery options to rural Minnesota. He is board-certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery and trained for over 23 years at some of the world’s most prestigious medical institutions , including Stanford University, Dartmouth College and the University of Texas, MD Anderson.

    Dr. Abbasi moved to Minnesota in 2012, bringing his revolutionary minimally invasive spine techniques to Tristate Brain and Spine Institute (TBSI) in Alexandria, MN. Dr.Abbasi helped build TBSI with a multimillion dollar personal investment. He built the organization from the ground up, providing state of the art medical technologies to rural MN, including one of only three upright, tilting open MRI machines in the USA. Dr.Abbasi has made Alexandria, MN his home base, providing the only regionally dedicated neurosurgical practice in the community.

    Of immediate concern for Dr.Abbasi on arrival in MN was the deficiency of appropriate advanced spinal technologies available to perform the Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) in MN. The OLLIF is a minimally invasive interbody spine fusion pioneered by Dr.Abbasi, the foremost surgeon nationally and internationally in this rocedure. The procedure is performed via multiple incisions, each half an inch long,without cutting or separating muscle from bone and thus keeping the integrity of spinal column intact. Surgeries that could take up to 4-5 hours using traditional methods can now be done so under one hour with 1/10 of the blood loss experienced in traditional surgery. This makes recovery much quicker and puts patients back to regular life much faster than traditional open surgery.

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Lumbar

Over the last two years, Dr. Hamid Abbasi has performed 180 oblique lumbar inter-body fusion spine surgeries in Alexandria. He is drawing patients from the Twin Cities, Wisconsin and the Dakotas. The new minimally invasive surgery drastically reduces patient blood loss and recovery time and Dr. Abbasi sees Alexandria becoming a medical destination for the procedure. (Contributed)

Alexandria likely a medical destination for back pain relief

By Amy Chaffins on Dec 5, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

In no other country would you see leading-edge technology in a city the size of Alexandria.

But it’s here.

Dr. Hamid Abbasi performs a minimally invasive spine surgery that could put Alexandria on the map as a medical destination.

Hamid R. Abbasi MD PhD FAANS

Abbasi is one of about 30 neurosurgeons in the U.S. performing oblique lumbar inter-body fusion (OLLIF) – a minimally invasive spine surgery providing back pain relief.

Over the last two years, he has reportedly performed 180 OLLIF procedures, drawing patients from the Twin Cities, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Five years from now, he said he foresees bringing in patients from across the nation.

“By then, we’d like to have a very large center [established] with the community and the hospital… People from Texas and New York will fly in [for the OLLIF procedure] while their family goes to our lakes. We’ll do the procedure as a day surgery and then they join their family after the surgery for dinner at one of the beautiful lakes around here and spend the weekend – summer or winter,” Abbasi said.

ABOUT OLLIF

During the OLLIF procedure, a neurosurgeon pins vertebrae, allowing the spine to return to its original position, relieving nerve pressure and pain.

“A disc is like a tire of a car that cushions the car against the road, the disc cushions the bone from each other,” Abbasi explained. “Like a tire, a disc can have wear and tear that with time and the aging process, usually collapses.”

When a disc collapses, it pushes on the nerve, causing back pain that can be severe.

“We restore the disc space to its original height,” he said.

OLLIF was introduced about three years ago, and it’s a technically-demanding procedure, the doctor said.

This version of OLLIF allows surgeons to enter the body through the back, compared to another version of “OLIF” introduced by Medtronic where surgeons enter through the abdominal cavity.

Rather than making large incisions through muscle and nerves, OLLIF allows neurosurgeons to create a path through the muscle, leaving it alive to protect the bone – one of the reasons healing is faster after the OLLIF surgery, Abbasi said.

Fifty years ago, this type of surgery meant taking a piece of hip bone and putting it in place in the spine. Patients would typically lose a liter or more of blood, the surgery took several hours to perform and it would take months to recover, Abbasi explained.

Twenty years ago, screws were introduced to internally brace the vertebrae, but it still required several hours of major surgery and lengthy recoveries.

“Unfortunately, even though technology has come a long way, this is still the standard of care today,” Abbasi said.

By comparison, Abbasi said, on November 25, he performed three OLLIF procedures and finished before 2:30 p.m.

“This procedure is a combination of lots of knowledge that we’ve had for many decades, but now they all converge and make it possible to do the procedure in 45 minutes,” he said.

The smaller incisions heal much faster, patients lose far less blood, results are achieved with less damage to muscles and nerves, hospital stays are shorter, and patients are relieved of pain faster.

An upright MRI machine (one of three in the U.S.) and other advanced equipment at Tristate Brain and Spine Institute in Alexandria make it possible for Abbasi to pinpoint areas of the spine that will be addressed during an OLLIF procedure.

WHY ALEXANDRIA?

“I think this is a fantastic place to practice medicine,” Abbasi said. “The patient population is the greatest, the community is really a good place to live and practice.”

Dr. Abbasi said he sees Alexandria becoming a medical destination for minimally invasive spine surgery.

“We want people to come to this community to get their medical care – literally a reverse of travelling and medical tourism from our community – let’s bring them out here. We have everything we need to make that happen. It will have a tremendous impact on the community,” Abbasi said.

Other U.S. cities have become medical destinations for orthopedic procedures for knees, shoulders and more.

“They have been tremendously successful and the reason they’re successful, they don’t do 50 different procedures, they do maybe five, but they are doing it very, very well. The concept is not new, but for the spine, this is a new concept,” Abbasi said.

In addition, making Alexandria a medical destination for OLLIF may be enhanced if Dr. Abbasi’s medical journal paper is published in a major journal.

“We think we have all the results to establish OLLIF as standard of care coming out of Alexandria, Minnesota,” he said.

The paper will reportedly compare open surgery to minimally invasive surgery.

“Practically for first time in the history of spine surgery, you can send the patient home the same day or next day – that was unbelievable even a few years ago,” Abbasi said.

“Effectively, this procedure really should be and will become standard of care.”

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