Good Enough for Tiger, Good Enough for DFW

If you have a herniated or otherwise thoroughly degenerated spinal disc you may be considering fusion surgery and you’re likely assuming many of the activities you formerly liked to participate in will probably become things of your past.

Not so. If you don’t believe it, ask Tiger Woods. The world’s most famous athlete was virtually incapacitated by pain caused by nerve compression in his lumbar spine. He could barely walk, sleep, or function. Having gone through multiple microdiscectomies that weren’t successful at alleviating his pain, he finally opted to have spinal fusion.

After doing his research, Woods opted to have the Centinel Spine STALIF M-T™ Anterior

Lumbar Integrated Interbody™ fusion implant placed at the L5/S1 vertebral level. From there, the rest is history. Woods, who couldn’t play golf, has returned to professional golf, won a major, tied the record for total number of tour victories, and seems primed for far more. It’s been an amazing comeback, to say the least.

At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, we now offer the Centinel Spine STALIF M-Ti™ fusion implant for our patients. While it may not help you win the Masters, it can surely help you get back to your life.

What is STALIF?

The STALIF implant we offer at DFW is an integrated interbody fusion platform that offers a surgical treatment proven to restore spinal balance, recreate spinal alignment and stability, and accelerate your return to normal activities. Centinel Spine offers the STALIF model and others that are stand-alone fusion devices. This means they don’t require the vertical rods and additional screws necessary for most interbody fusion procedures. The STALIF devices simply use three screws, two pointing downward and one pointing upward, making a 90-degree angle between the upper and lower fused vertebrae.

The key to the STALIF devices is their application of Wolff’s Law of Bone Healing, which states that bone grows where load is applied. The STALIF devices utilize specially designed screws that pull the spinal bones at the fusion site down to the device in what is known as a “lag effect.” This provides an active load to aid in the healing process.

Research backs it up

Centinel Spine and STALIF have over three decades of clinical experience and testing. Here are a few key statistics from that research:

  • 92-95% observed fusion rates— Better than or comparable to fusion using traditional plate and cage constructs.
  • Minimally disruptive technology— Lower instances of adjacent segment degeneration and an 85% reduction in reported instances of dysphagia vs. traditional plate and cage constructs.
  • Strong biomechanics and stability— No Profile STALIF devices are a safe alternative to rigid anterior plating for 1 or 2 level cervical fusion procedures and STALIF lumbar devices with 3-screw fixation (what Tiger has) provide equivalent motion restriction to a construct with an anterior non-integrated cage and posterior pedicle screw fixation.

Are you considering possible spinal fusion? Call the experts at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders at (817) 916-4685. Maybe the STALIF devices could be right for your situation.

Posted in: Spinal Disorders, Spine Surgery

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