SANTA MONICA, CA – 17 August 2013 – Spinal stenosis is a potentially debilitating condition that can cause wide spread pain throughout the  body if not treated.  Spinal stenosis itself is defined as a narrowing of the spinal canal caused by thickened ligaments, herniated disks, boney overgrowths, tumors, traumatic spinal injuries and degeneration due to aging.  Broadway Surgical Institute recognizes the need to treat patients suffering from spinal stenosis.  In an effort to get patients back to the life they deserve Broadway Surgical Institute is teaming up with a medical device company called VertiFlex to host a cadaver course designed to teach physicians a minimally invasive approach to relieving the stenotic area.   Dr. Timothy Davis, Founder of the Center for Spine and Joint Restoration, led the course, teaching a physician from Kansas City, MO the technique by using the Vertiflex Totalis Direct Decompression System.

The Totalis Direct Decompression System is a set of specialized instruments designed to safely perform minimally invasive direct decompressions of the lumbar spine. The system utilizes the VertiFlex’ proprietary interspinous access platform and includes both reusable and disposable instruments to remove bone and soft tissue.

The Totalis procedure is very simple.  The procedure involves a small midline incision and sequential dilation to a working cannula about the diameter of a dime. Specialized instruments with added safety features are then used to precisely remove the targeted tissue. The procedure provides physicians the ability to remove tissue in order to address conditions such as central and lateral recess stenosis. This broad decompression involves minimal collateral tissue disruption and can be performed under local anesthesia.

The Totalis Direct Decompression System was 510k cleared by the FDA in November 2012.

Dr. Timothy Davis is an expert in minimally invasive approaches to treat neck, back, joint, and nerve pain. Dr. Davis is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Pain Medicine, and the American Board of Neurophysiological Monitoring.

Dr. Timothy Davis teaching Dr. Constantine Fotolouos the VertiFlex Totalis Procedure
Totalis1 Dr. Timothy Davis teaching Dr. Constantine Fotolouos the VertiFlex Totalis Procedure