The facts are damning…
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, nine out of 10 adults will experience back pain at some point in life. And five out of 10 working adults endure back pain at least once a year.
So the chances are good that if back pain doesn’t already affect you now, eventually, it will.
While there are varying degrees and durations of pain, one form is specifically related to something that we’ll all succumb to in the end: age.
It’s called spinal stenosis – a form of arthritis that narrows and compresses the spinal canal, resulting in pain, numbness in the back and legs, trouble standing and walking and, in severe cases, paralysis.
Suffice it to say, with back pain affecting so many people, this is one area that could use a technological breakthrough.
That’s where Premia Spine comes in…
How to Cure a Bad Back: Replace the Faulty Part
The Israeli company has developed a groundbreaking spinal implant that’s dramatically improving the lives of people suffering from chronic back pain.
Like 79-year-old farmer, Yehuda Schwartz.
Since being diagnosed with debilitating spinal stenosis four years ago, Schwartz has spent that time in constant pain.
He was the perfect candidate to join the trial for the implant – and is now enjoying a pain-free life.
Called Total Posterior Arthroplasty – or TOPS – the implant is two titanium plates on either side of a polyurethane mechanism. When it’s affixed to the troubled area of the spine, it works by replacing the parts of the spine that cause the pain and allow for freer movement – as the video below shows…
As Premia Spine CEO, Ron Sacher, explains: “The surgeon decompresses the spine during surgery in order to remove the bony elements pressing on the nerves. So with the TOPS system, we’re recreating the normal function of the spine with an artificial joint, much like a knee replacement or a hip replacement.”
That’s important, because conventional spinal surgery for such back problems has two huge drawbacks.
- The procedure actually eliminates one of the spine’s three motion-producing parts. As a result, it puts more pressure on the remaining two parts, because they have to work harder to offset the loss.
- One-quarter of patients must return for further surgery within two years.
But with TOPS, existing movement is replaced, not removed entirely and the number of patients needing additional surgery is slashed to just 5%.
Gee, can you say “healthcare savings”?
While the TOPS procedure is more expensive than traditional surgery, the longer-term benefits for patients, the healthcare system and health insurance industry are clear.
Sacher and his team believe this innovative new replacement process for the spine will enjoy the same level of adoption as hip and knee replacement surgery. And the next step is to expand TOPS’ usage in Europe, Asia and beyond.
Ahead of the tape,