New Study Shows Innovative Single-Position Technique Improves Outcomes for Patients
In September of 2021, Dr. J Alex Thomas of Atlantic Brain and Spine (ABS) published a landmark study in the Spine Journal, alongside colleagues from other acclaimed institutions. In this paper, Dr. Thomas and his collaborators showed that both Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) and Posterior Spinal Fusion (PSF) procedures can be performed while keeping the patient in a single-position throughout the procedure. Previously, many surgeons believed it was necessary to move the patient into several positions throughout the operation. This study, which examined outcomes for 321 patients at five institutions from 2015-2020, shows that moving patients is simply not the best way to do things.
The entire team at Atlantic Brain and Spine are dedicated to making these complex surgical procedures as straightforward and easy as possible for their patients. That’s why Dr. Thomas and his collaborators were looking at how a single position procedure could help the person in pain. Across the board, they found exciting results. Operations were more efficient, which meant patients lost less blood and spent less time under anesthesia. They also stayed less time in the hospital, resulting in lower surgical costs. This study marks another step towards making things better for patients everywhere.