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Inspired Spine Hosts First Porcine Surgical Lab

Animal Model for Spinal Fusion Surgery Provides Cost Effective Teaching Method

BURNSVILLE, MN (2/19/2018) –- Inspired Spine recently hosted its first hands-on training of its Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) spinal surgery on a porcine model. Attended by surgeons from around the world, the two-day educational event also included presentations on Inspired Spine’s minimally invasive surgery (MIS) procedures compared to the current standard of care, patient case reviews, and actual patient surgical observations.

“We are driving the agenda for advancing the standard of care for back surgery by establishing the very first animal model for minimally invasive spinal surgery training,” said Hamid Abbasi, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, FAANS, Chief Medical Officer. “The porcine model provides a cost-effective method to teach this technique on a global scale.”

For purposes of early stage surgical technique training, the porcine spine is an attractive alternative to a human spine due to its anatomical size and structure, mechanical characteristics, and cost. Inspired Spine recently acquired a property consisting of three buildings totaling 120,000 square feet in Burnsville, MN where it is building its Total Spinal Health and Technology Campus. Inspired Spine has already employed this new venue to scale its global training program, enabling more surgeons to learn its techniques. Based upon successful outcomes in over 600 patients, Inspired Spine’s goal is to make OLLIF the global standard of care for spinal fusion surgery. For more information about the OLLIF procedure please visit:

About Inspired Spine

Minnesota-based Inspired Spine is a total spine care provider dedicated to improving treatment value and outcomes by applying the least invasive solutions to back-pain problems. Inspired Spine Centers offer a variety of treatment options for chronic back pain sufferers – from advanced diagnostic technologies, such as open, upright MRIs, to a range of conservative non-surgical therapies, in addition to unique minimally invasive outpatient keyhole surgical techniques. The company is building a network of comprehensive care centers that offer conservative care, such as physical therapy and pain management, as well as groundbreaking minimally invasive outpatient surgeries that reduce costs and speed recovery for patients. For more information, visit and follow Inspired Spine on Twitter @Inspired Spine.

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Minnesota-based Inspired Spine is a total spine care provider dedicated to improving back pain treatment value and outcomes with advanced minimally invasive spinal surgery technology.


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