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Globus' Transitions spine stabilization device

Started by diabetes np on 08/05/2010 11:17am

What is the track record on Globus' Transitions device? Failures? Success? This device has been recommended for L3-4 along with L4-5 fusion. Hx 1996 diskectomy L4-5, laminectomies @ L4-S1, spinal stenosis, DDD, accelerated, from 1996 surgery. Had MVA 12/09 with onset 3 bulging discs in C-spine and additional bulging discs @ L2-3 and L4-5. Any problem with screws coming loose? Are they also titanium?

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Transition is a fairly new device...a year or so old so i don't know if you will be able to find a ton of information on it or the results. I do know that it is a dynamic stabilization device so to speak. It is in theory supposed to protect the level above from deteriorating due to adjacent level disease. There is a flexible portion that is at the top of the construct and then a rigid rod at the level or levels below. The screws are titanium and really any scews can have loosening so it's always a risk in any instrumented spinal procedure. I do think from my limited experience that it is a novel device but again, there are always risks associated with any procedures so that's something you have to keep in mind. Get a few opinions and make an informed decision. My best advice is ask around who is a very good spine surgeon in the area and also look for a fellowship trained spine surgeon. It basically means they had an entire year after their residency where they specialized in just spinal procedures. Best of Luck.