Device for intervertebral assisted motion: technique and initial results

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Object

The DIAM is a polyester-encased silicone interspinous dynamic stabilization device that can unload the anterior column and reestablish the functional integrity of the posterior column.

Methods

The DIAM was implanted in 104 patients between May 1, 2001 and October 30, 2001. A retrospective evaluation was performed based on chart review and patient questionnaire at a median follow-up interval of 18.1 months.

Results

Conclusions

The DIAM implant appears to be a useful and effective alternative in the surgical management of a wide range of lumbar disorders. Patient complications are few and satisfaction is high.

Abbreviations used in this paper:ADLs = activities of daily living.

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Address reprint requests to: Sylvain Palmer, M.D, 26732 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 561, Mission Viejo, California 92651. email: sylvainpalmer@cox.net.

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