3Spine, Inc. Opens Innovative Clinical Trial for Spine Procedure with Steamboat Orthopaedic & Spine Institute in Colorado

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Steamboat Orthopaedic & Spine Institute has completed its first series of cases in the BalancedBack Total Joint Replacement pivotal clinical trial using the breakthrough 3Spine MOTUS lumbar device, which is an alternative to spine fusion surgery. J. Alex Sielatycki, MD of Steamboat Orthopedic and Spine Institute and UC Health Yampa Valley Medical Center completed the surgeries at the Steamboat Surgery Center. The Steamboat Surgery Center is jointly run by UC Health and Steamboat Orthopaedic & Spine Institute and is the first BalancedBack clinical site in the western US.

3Spine's MOTUS device, the implant used in the BalancedBack Total Joint Replacement procedure, is a 'first of its kind' technology replacing the function of the disc and facet joints through a posterior approach. The procedure is intended to broadly address leg pain, back pain, and spinal instability, while correcting posture and restoring freedom of movement through reconstruction of the functional spinal unit.

"This motion preserving lumbar joint replacement is truly the first of its kind and has the potential to dramatically change the way spine care is provided not only in this country but throughout the world," said Dr. Sielatycki. "With the MOTUS total joint replacement technology, I believe we have an answer to the decades-long problem of lumbar fusion complications which have plagued so many patients."

Curtis Mayse, CEO of the Steamboat Orthopaedic & Spine institute said, "Low back issues are incredibly common. More than 80% of us will experience leg and/or back pain in their lifetime, and we all know someone who has had a poor outcome with spinal fusion. All of us, particularly our active patient population in the Steamboat area, are looking for a better solution, and we are thrilled to participate in this breakthrough trial. I congratulation Dr. Sielatycki and the surgical team on their achievement."

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