New technologies and techniques in use by SpineNevada

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Many of the spine procedures performed by the neurosurgery team at SpineNevada can now use minimally invasive techniques that require shorter hospital stays, easier recovery and faster rehabilitation. Minimally invasive surgeries include smaller incision procedures of the lumbar and cervical spine.

Unlike many other spine care providers, the spine patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery at SpineNevada can often have their surgery on an outpatient basis and be home later the same day. The spine surgeons at SpineNevada partner with the Surgery Center of Reno to perform minimally invasive spine surgery, enabling many patients to go home the same day. Recovery in one’s own home can be more comfortable than staying in a hospital bed.

The Surgery Center of Reno is the only free-standing surgery center in Reno that has direct hospital access if the need arises to transfer to a higher level of care. The ambulatory surgery center is connected by underground tunnel to the intensive care unit at a regional hospital if the need arises. Other off-site surgery centers often need an ambulance to transport the patient to a major hospital. Learn more about Surgery Center of Reno.

Benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery for the patient include:

  • Smaller incision and smaller scar
  • Less damage to tissues and muscles
  • Less blood loss
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Less painful recovery
  • Quicker return to activity

The following are new techniques and technologies in use by SpineNevada neurosurgeons in 2017.

Dr. James Lynch first in Nevada to use Titan Spine's nanotechnology, spine nevada reno, sparks, carson city

Dr. James Lynch, first surgeon in the United States to use the PEEK LONGBOW expandable TLIF cage by LifeSpine

Dr. James Lynch was the 1st surgeon in the United States to use the PEEK LONGBOW expandable TLIF cage by LifeSpine. The innovative LONGBOW Expandable Lateral Spacer System is the first interbody on the market that expands laterally (A/P) in-situ specifically for a direct lateral approach. The patient benefits of LONGBOW TLIF cages include minimized tissue retraction and less potential for nerve damage associated with the lateral access approach.

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First surgeon in Northern Nevada to use the Amendia / Spinal Elements PEEK expandable cage for TLIF

Dr. James Lynch was the first surgeon in Northern Nevada to use the Amendia / Spinal Elements PEEK expandable cage with Cortical screws for TLIF. amendia spinal elements PEEK expandable cage The Titanium PEEK interbody offers instant stability and long term fixation. In addition, the Titanium bond is translucent to x-rays. Coated orthopedic devices have been in use since 1977. The Spinal Elements device has been marketed since 2004. The Titanium PEEK device is a combination of these two technologies. Cortical bone trajectory screws have been developed as an alternative to traditional pedicle screw methods for the lumbar spine. The cortical trajectory screw placement has a minimally invasive quality because of the following: 1. lateral screw trajectory is primarily a cortical track (outer layer) away from the spinal cord and nerve roots, and 2. the medial start site means either no exposure of the facet or lateral to the facet.




Dr. James Lynch, first surgeon in Nevada to use Titan Spine’s nanoLock technology for 1, 2 and 3 level ACDF

Dr. James Lynch was the first surgeon in Nevada to use Titan Spine’s nanoLock technology for 1, 2 and 3 level cervical fusions. Titan Spine offers the first and only FDA-cleared spinal fusion device that features nanotechnology able to influence cellular behavior resulting in an accelerated bone healing process. Unlike any other spine fusion implant, the Titan Spine nanoLOCK® surface is able to signal stem cells around the device to turn into bone-forming cells accelerating new bone growth. This revolutionary breakthrough in implant surface technology, offers the potential for patients to have a greater chance to feel better sooner, to get up and about earlier in the recovery process and return to normal activity faster following surgery. That’s less time before patients can carry groceries again, play with their grandchildren or simply take a walk in the park.

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Dr. James Lynch first in Nevada to use Titan Spine's nanotechnology, spine nevada reno, sparks, carson city

Dr. James Lynch was the 1st in Nevada to perform Single level XLIF using Titan Spine nanotechnology

Dr. James Lynch was the 1st in Nevada to perform Single level LIF (lateral interbody fusion) procedure using Titan nanotechnology. Titan Spine's proprietary surface technology has transformed the role of the interbody device - now, these implants actively participate in the fusion process. The unique combination of surface textures at the macro, micro and cellular levels support implant stability, and foster the ideal surface energy for osteoblast maturation and enhanced new bone growth, which may create the potential for a faster and more robust fusion. Please click here to learn more.




Dr. James Lynch was the 1st in Nevada to perform a 2 level ALIF and 1 level LIF using Titan Spine nanotechnology for major deformity correction

Dr. James Lynch first in Nevada to use Titan Spine's nanotechnology, spine nevada reno, sparks, carson city

Dr. James Lynch was the 1st in Nevada to perform a 2 level ALIF (Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion) and 1 level LIF (lateral interbody fusion) for major deformity correction using Titan nanotechnology.

Spinal deformities become serious when they progress and threaten to cause severe pain and/or permanent disability. In other cases, some people with spinal deformity may not even know they have it. Treatment of these conditions aims at minimizing progression of the disease and preventing further growth.

Titan Spine's proprietary surface technology has transformed the role of the interbody device - now, these implants actively participate in the fusion process. The unique combination of surface textures at the macro, micro and cellular levels support implant stability, and foster the ideal surface energy for osteoblast maturation and enhanced new bone growth, which may create the potential for a faster and more robust fusion. Please click here to learn more.



Dr. Edward Perry among the first surgeons in the US to utilize the NuVasive MLX cage

Dr. Edward Perry first in Nevada to use Nuvasive MLX cage, spine nevada reno, sparks, carson city

Dr. Edward Perry was the second surgeon in the U.S. and first surgeon in Nevada to utilize the NuVasive® MLX cage for the treatment of degenerative disc disease. "The MLX cage maximizes the surface area for interbody fusion, which is the entire purpose of interbody implant placement, and it's engineering reduces complications of implantation. It is the best merging of mechanical and biologic functioning on the market today," Dr. Perry explained just hours after the procedure. Please click here to learn more about the technology.

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