Globus Medical announces results from study of expandable lateral spacers
Globus Medical announced the results of the study "Clinical and radiographic analysis of expandable versus static lateral lumbar interbody fusion devices with two-year follow-up" published in the Journal of Spine Surgery, supporting benefits of Globus' expandable lateral spacers. The study co-authored by Joseph O'Brien, orthopedic surgeon at Washington Spine and Scoliosis Institute and Richard Frisch, orthopedic surgeon at Southeastern Spine Institute, compared clinical and radiographic outcomes of fifty-six patients who underwent minimally invasive lateral lumber interbody fusion for symptomatic degenerative disc disease. At two-years post-operative, patients in both the expandable and static spacer groups reported similar improvements in back pain scores and no significant differences in clinical outcomes. Radiographic evidence confirmed solid fusion was achieved in 100% of levels treated in both groups, however, significant differences in the rate of implant subsidence were observed.