Dr. Mark McFarland Completes 100th Less Exposure Surgery Procedure

Orthopaedic & Spine Center

Dr. Mark McFarlandNewport News, VA (PRWEB) November 01, 2016

Industry Leading Surgeon Dr. Mark McFarland Completes 100th Less Exposure Surgery Procedures Using SpineFrontier’s LES® Techniques and LES-PLIFT Implant on October 27th, 2016

Dr. Mark McFarland completed his 100th PLIFT less exposure surgery (LES®) procedure at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Virginia, fusing the L5-S1 level of a 47 year-old male patient’s spine with a fusion device that restores spinal disc height and corrects deformities with a safer surgical procedure. The patient was diagnosed with lumbar spondylosis and spondylolisthesis.

The patient’s spondylolisthesis manifested itself in the form of bilateral lower extremity pain with numbness in the right foot. Dr. McFarland concluded the most efficient way to return his patient to an active, pain free life-style was to provide anterior column support using the LES-PLIFT interbody cage alongside less exposure surgical techniques to fuse the L5-S1 vertebrae.


Dr. McFarland commented on the case, “Optimal surgical performance, with minimal soft tissue dissection, is the emphasis in “Less Exposure Surgical” techniques. This new fusion device allows me to restore spinal disc height and correct anatomical deformity with a very minimal, safe surgical approach. This less exposure technique allows for a faster surgical recovery and increased patient satisfaction. We have now performed one hundred such cases with no complications or revisions. We are excited to be on the forefront of these LES procedures and novel innovations that are improving our patients lives.”

Dr. Mark McFarland and Physician Assistant Erin, in the OR

The LES-PLIFT implant, designed and manufactured by SpineFrontier, is a revolutionary posterior lumbar interbody. It features a sleek, low-profile design, which aids in sparing patient anatomy during surgery. Its large graft window, inserter platform and cannulated design offer surgeons and patients security and confidence that post-operative recovery will be faster and less painful when compared with classic surgical procedures. Designed and engineered by SpineFrontier for use with LES techniques, LES-PLIFT is becoming an industry standard for these types of fusion procedures.

Dr. Mark McFarland is a board-certified and fellowship-trained Spine Specialist. His practice is focused primarily on the care and treatment of injuries and disorders of the spine. He specializes in Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) which is minimally-invasive and is less traumatic for the patient. Dr. McFarland also specializes in osteopathic medicine, which emphasizes health education, injury prevention and disease prevention. In addition to his extensive medical commitments, Dr. McFarland enjoys hiking, water-sports, golf and quality time with his family.

About SpineFrontier® Inc.
SpineFrontier Inc. (http://www.spinefrontier.com) is a growing medical technology company that designs, develops and markets both implants and instruments for spine surgery based on the Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) Philosophy. These technologies are designed to allow for outpatient surgery due to minimal disruption of normal tissues. SpineFrontier is headquartered in Malden, MA. It is a KICVentures portfolio company and the leader in LES® technologies and instruments.

About Less Exposure Surgery
Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) is based on a new philosophy of performing surgery. LES® is less invasive than MIS. By developing improved technologies and techniques tailored for pinpointing a problem and fixing it without collateral damage, LES® minimizes tissue disruption.