(August 20, 2012) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) is
participating in a clinical trial that may redefine the surgery for
lumbar spinal stenosis. The study focuses on a new concept in spine
surgery called facet joint replacement. The clinical trial is
evaluating the safety and effectiveness of an investigational
device called the ACADIA Facet Replacement System. MUMC is the only
hospital in Georgia and one of only 30 in the U.S. participating in
this clinical trial.
Neurosurgeon James Lindley, M.D., is a principal investigator
for this clinical trial and one of a select group throughout the
U.S. taking part in this landmark study.
"Patients often lose some range of motion following spinal
fusion surgery. The ACADIA device is designed with motion
preservation in mind. Patients who are treated using the ACADIA
system may require fewer future additional surgical procedures
resulting from the mechanical stress of fusion at the adjacent
spinal levels. This trial has the potential to improve the quality
of life for many patients with lumbar spinal stenosis," said
In the clinical trial, surgeons will perform a standard surgical
decompression to relieve nerve pressure and pain. However, instead
of fusing the spine following decompression, the surgeon will
replace the facet joints with the ACADIA implant.
The study is open to men and women between the ages of 21 and 85
who have been diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis and have had at
least six months of non-surgical treatment, such as medication,
injections, and physical therapy. Additional criteria must also be
met for inclusion in the study. For more information or to schedule
an appointment, contact Victoria Taylor, R.N., supervisor for
general research studies, at 912-350-8568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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