Study highlights advantages of Baxano's iO-Flex system in performing lumbar spinal decompression

Baxano, Inc., the manufacturer of the innovative and cost-effective iO-Flex® System, announced today the publication of a peer-reviewed study highlighting the advantages of the flagship iO-Flex technology in performing lumbar spinal decompression, a procedure that can be done with and without spinal fusion.

The July issue of Clinical Interventions in Aging features an article entitled "Facet-sparing lumbar decompression with a minimally invasive flexible MicroBlade Shaver® versus traditional decompression: quantitative radiographic assessment" (Clin Interv Aging. 2012;7:257-66. Epub 20 July 2012) from a study performed by several neuro and orthopaedic spine surgeons, including lead authors Carl Lauryssen, MD from Beverly Hills, CA and Sigurd Berven, MD from UC, San Francisco.

Results from the study suggest that the iO-Flex technology can provide significant advantages over traditional decompression instruments by allowing surgeons to perform a more thorough decompression of the lateral recess and foramen with less disruption of the posterior stabilizing elements of the spine.

"Standard surgical techniques for treating lumbar spinal stenosis have significant limitations, including access to lateral and foraminal compression and postoperative instability. This study demonstrates how the iO-Flex System overcomes these limitations while still providing complete decompression," stated Dr. Lauryssen.

"Clinical evidence, superior patient outcomes, and cost-effective solutions are paramount for medical device companies in today's healthcare environment," said Tony Recupero, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baxano. "We are extremely encouraged by the clinical evidence and strong adoption of the iO-Flex System by healthcare providers. Second quarter 2012 sales growth was up 30% over first quarter this year. With the continued drive in healthcare for quality improvements that also reduce overall cost, this publication and the favorable clinical and economic data we have seen from our post-market clinical studies, help position Baxano for significant further growth."

Baxano will be exhibiting and featuring the iO-Flex System next week at the Spine Across the Sea conference in Kauai, Hawaii.




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