Minimally invasive innovation inspired by our patients
Inspired Spine Chief Medical Officer, Hamid R. Abbasi MD PhD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon and an internationally recognized expert in minimally invasive spinal surgery. He believes the risks and damage of traditional open surgery often outweigh the benefits to patients. Traditional surgery treats the underlying pathology (the spinal defect or disease that is causing back or neck pain) by cutting through perfectly healthy back muscle and surrounding tissue, often causing irreparable damage. So-called Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is not much better. It’s more aptly called “mini-access” or “mini-open”. The incision is smaller, but the process is still the same—cutting through the natural, healthy structures of the back and spine. There is still destruction, just less of it.
The quest for better back surgery
“Reducing the damage of the surgery... changes a patient's life for the better.”
– Dr. Hamid Abbasi, Chief Medical Officer, Inspired Spine, and one of the leading researchers in minimally invasive spinal surgery.
Dr. Abbasi realized that continuing to make surgical incisions smaller and smaller would only advance minimally invasive spinal care so far. It was time for a quantum leap in spine surgery. A leap that had been made in other areas of surgical practice, such as cardiac and gastro-intestinal procedures. That quantum leap is eliminating direct visualization of the affected area entirely and using fluoroscopic guidance—real-time imaging of the procedure—to direct the surgeon.
Fluoroscopic guidance can be compared to a pilot “flying by instruments”. Like a pilot trying to navigate in heavy fog, the instruments are often more accurate than direct eyesight. In fact, epidural spinal injections have long been safely and effectively performed with fluoroscopic guidance because of its accuracy.1
Fluoroscopic guidance was the quantum leap that led to the groundbreaking Keyhole Spine Surgery of Inspired Spine today. It meant that we could significantly reduce the surgical approach or “path” to the diseased area of the spine, such as a herniated disc. By minimizing that path, we greatly reduce the damage to the body, so it can recover faster and produce better outcomes for our patients.
“By reducing the risk of the surgery and the damage of the surgery itself, we can maximize significantly the benefit to the patient,” Dr. Abbasi explains, “and that literally changes a patient’s everyday life for the better.”
Backed by 20 years of research
Dr. Abbasi has dedicated the last 20 years to researching and perfecting Inspired Spine’s minimally invasive keyhole procedures. He has aimed to improve results not merely 10% to 15% but 100% to 300% in many different areas. His work has made him one of the leading authorities in minimally invasive treatments of the spine and one of the most experienced surgeons performing the revolutionary OLLIF (Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion) procedure.
Published clinical studies and thousands of satisfied patients attest to the safety and effectiveness of our keyhole technology. Inspired Spine has truly found the key to making back pain treatment easier for patients.
However, what’s easy on patients, can be difficult for surgeons. In an effort to make keyhole spine surgery the new standard of care, Dr. Abbasi and Inspired Spine have developed a rigorous training program for Inspired Spine surgeons and partners. Click here to find an authorized Inspired Spine provider.
For Medical Professionals
If you are an experienced neurosurgeon who is interested in taking your practice to the next level contact Inspired Spine to learn more about our Keyhole Surgery training program.