Israeli farmer, Yehuda Schwartz, was crippled by a form of arthritis associated with aging, called spinal stenosis.
When he was first diagnosed four years ago, he thought he’d be in constant pain for the rest of his life.
Then he volunteered to test a local company’s new implant system.
Now Schwartz is pain-free: “The operation was on a Thursday… Sunday I said I’d walk up the stairs… Monday I was released. By the end of the week I was completely normal.”
The key to his fast recovery?
Premia Spine has designed an implant called Total Posterior Arthroplasty (TOPS) to replace the parts of the spine that cause pain. It consists of two titanium plates surrounding a central polyurethane unit that allows for movement in all directions. This is different than traditional surgery methods using metal rods, which eliminates one of the spine’s three key motion segments.
Ordinarily, 25% of patients need surgery again within two years. With this new method, however, the re-operative rate is just 5%.