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  • Study: Artificial cervical disc safe, effective for degenerative cervical radiculopathy

    Use of an artificial cervical disc from Spinal Kinetics LLC in the treatment of degenerative cervical radiculopathy was safe, effective and noninferior compared with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, according to published results.

    Frank M. Phillips, MD, and colleagues compared 160 patients with single-level symptomatic degenerative cervical radiculopathy undergoing cervical total disc replacement with the M6-C Artificial Cervical Disc to a matched subset of 189 patients who underwent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). Researchers performed pain and function, quality of life, safety, neurologic and radiographic assessments of motion. Composite clinical success at 24 months was considered the primary clinical endpoint.

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  • Dr. Frank Phillips is first in the world to use augmented reality surgical guidance in minimally invasive spine surgery

    CHICAGO—Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush announced today that Dr. Frank Phillips, Professor, and Director of the Division of Spine Surgery and the Section of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, completed the first augmented reality (AR) minimally invasive spine surgery. The Augmedics xvision™ Spine System surgical guidance system allows a surgeon to see a patient’s 3-dimensional (3D) spinal anatomy through the skin as if they have x-ray vision. Using this new technology, Dr. Phillips performed a lumbar fusion with spinal implants on a patient with spinal instability at Rush University Medical Center on June 15.

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  • Surgeons use x-ray vision technology in spinal surgery

    "The efficiency this provides because of the accuracy and the visualization of the spine is remarkable,” says Dr. Frank Phillips, the director and minimally invasive spinal surgeon at Rush who performed the procedure.

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  • Augmented Reality Is Used in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

    An xvision surgical guidance system created by Augmedics equips surgeons with the ability to see a patient’s spine in three dimensions, similar to X-ray vision. Dr. Frank Phillips, professor and director of the Division of Spine Surgery and the Section of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Rush Medical Center recently became the first practitioner ever to use the technology during surgery, according to Midwest Orthopaedics. The procedure took place on June 15 on a patient who suffered from spinal instability requiring a lumbar fusion and spinal implants. Augmedics plans to explore the use of xvision for other surgical procedures in addition to spine surgery.

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  • Dr. Frank Phillips Named 2020 ISASS President

    Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush spine surgeon Dr. Frank Phillips was instated as the President of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) for 2020 -2021 at the society’s recent annual meeting in Puerto Rico. In addition to running a busy clinical practice, Dr. Phillips is a professor and Director of the Spine Section and the Section of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

    ISASS is dedicated to the surgical care of the spine and is one of the largest international spine surgical societies. The Society blends the fields of neurosurgery and orthopaedic spine surgery, enjoying active participation by the best scientists and clinicians in the world. With membership in 78 countries and more than 3,000 members, ISASS publishes the International Journal of Spine Surgery, and provides advocacy for patients’ rights and access to surgical care. ISASS has had more than 4,200 scientific papers presented, demonstrating the members dedication to research and desire to share spine intelligence across the spine field.

  • At the 2019 North American Spine Society meeting in Chicago last week, Dr. Frank Phillips received the Spine Journal 2019 Award

    At the 2019 North American Spine Society meeting in Chicago last week, Dr. Frank Phillips received the Spine Journal 2019 Award for the OUTSTANDING PAPER IN VALUE IN SPINE CARE. The paper evaluated the topic "Are current DRG-based bundled payment models for lumbar fusions risk-adjusting adequately?"

  • New Artificial Cervical Disc Means No More Pain, Stiff Necks

    For people suffering from neck or arm pain due to cervical disc degeneration, there is an alternative to spinal fusion which relieves pain and restores normal function and natural mobility to the neck.

    Dr. Frank Phillips, a Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush spinal surgeon renowned for his pioneering work in artificial disc replacement, has performed disc replacement surgery on several patients suffering from disc degeneration using the novel M6-C™ artificial cervical disc. He served as a principal investigator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study on the M6-C device, which was recently approved for patients as an alternative to spinal fusion.

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  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Outcomes at 5 to 10 Years

    Cervical disc replacement is one of the most rigorously studied procedures we have in spine surgery, Dr. Frank M. Phillips told attendees at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery’s (ISASS) 19th Annual Conference held April 3 to 5, 2019 in Anaheim, CA. Data consistently show that artificial disc replacement is safe and effective for the treatment of cervical disc degeneration with radiculopathy and/or myelopathy and demonstrates superiority over anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in both short-term and longer-term follow-up studies, he said.

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  • NUVASIVE’S LATERAL POROUS PEEK HAS 1ST-IN-MAN

    NuVasive, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, California, has announced the initial uses of Cohere XLIF, the first-of-its-kind lateral Porous PEEK implant for XLIF (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) and lateral single-position surgery.

    One of the first surgeons to use Cohere XLIF was Frank M. Phillips, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Spine Surgery, section head of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, and fellowship co-director of Spine Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

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  • Dr. Frank Phillips, a minimally invasive spine surgeon, was an author of a paper that recently won an NASS Best Paper award.

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  • Dr. Frank Phillips, Co-Director, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute and Director, Division of Spine Surgery for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, was featured in Becker's Spine Review discussing the future of spine surgery.

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  • In a recent issue of Becker's Spine Review, Dr. Frank Phillips, director of the division of spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center and co-founder of the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, talks about the current state of minimally invasive spine surgery and its future, including outpatient ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) and bundled payments or package pricing.

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  • Dr. Frank Phillips, co-director of the MOR Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, conducted a study on return to play after spinal fusion that was recently published in SportsHealth. Dr. Phillips found that more than 50 percent of golfers return to play within one year of lumbar fusion surgery and some were even sooner. In general, most golfers returned to preoperative levels of performance (handicap) and frequency of play.

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