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Clinical Studies and New Spinal Technologies

Spinal surgery is one of the most rapidly expanding fields in modern medicine and innovations are introduced at a fast pace, often before true clinical benefits for the patients are proven.

Being an academic department, we are at the forefront of many new developments, but we are very cautious about introducing them into clinical practice.

If we feel that you may be a good candidate for a new type of spinal implant or that you would qualify for participation in an ongoing clinical study, we will talk to you about it during your appointment.

But please feel free to inquire about novel procedures or techniques that you think may be suitable for you.

 

Current clinical trials:

  1. Multicenter Trial on GOLIF (Guided Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fixation)
    This study investigates the safety and efficacy of a new technique for lumbar instrumented fusion surgery. As opposed to the traditional technique, where 4 screws and 2 connecting rods are needed for each motion segment, only 2 oblique screws, guided by a dedicated navigation system, are placed with the GOLIF technique. The goal is to reduce the invasiveness and the risks of an instrumented fusion procedure for our patients. This trial is approved by the ethics board of the university, registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov and the protocol has been published.
    Update: This study has closed as of August 2011.
  2. The ESTAR (Entwicklung stabilisierender Trainingskonzepte bei arthrosebedingten Rückenschmerzen) study will evaluate the influence of proprioception as a risk factor for chronic low back pain and the potential importance of vibration training on trunk coordination and pain. This is a study on a possible new conservative (non-operative) treatment for low back pain.
    Recruitment is expected to open later this year.
  3. The APOLLO trial is an open-label, non-randomized multicenter clinical study that will evaluate the performance of a new bone substitute material in lumbar posterolateral fusion. This bone substitute has been shown in animal experiments to be not only osteoconductive like other bone substitutes, but also osteoinductive (capable of generating new bone) as compared to synthetic bone growth factors. Expectations are, that the new material may in the future help to reduce the need for using a patient’s own bone for spinal fusion procedures.
    Recruitment is expected to open later this year.
 
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