SRI Welcomes Neurosurgeon Dr. Todd Abel As Head Of Scientific Advisory Board

(FT. LAUDERDALE, FL) Spinal Resources, Inc.® (SRI), a spinal medical device company that engineers innovative mechanical and biomechanical products for the surgical repair and reconstruction of debilitating spinal conditions, announced today that Dr. Todd Abel, a board-certified neurosurgeon associated with the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, has accepted the position of chair of SRI’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Abel is a clinical instructor at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Spine Center at UT Medical Center.

According to Bernie Bedor, SRI Founder and CEO, the helming of the advisory board by a clinician the caliber of Dr. Abel is a monumental accomplishment for SRI. “We are so pleased Dr. Abel is stepping into the leadership role on SRI’s Scientific Advisory Board,” Bedor said. “He is a proven, knowledgeable neurosurgeon and expert in the field of degenerative and complex spine surgery. His commitment to the feasibility of this growing industry that unites medicine and technology and its capacity to improve patient outcomes makes Dr. Abel a perfect fit for SRI.”

A proponent of the technology SRI has brought to the spinal implant space, Dr. Abel believes his knowledge, coupled with SRI’s creative innovation and high standards, have created a dynamic strategic alliance. “I believe in the SRI system’s interoperative flexibility through the use of different diameter rods within the same screw head to accommodate different bone quality and pathologies. This gives spinal surgeons several intra-operative pathways to do what is best for patients,” he said. “SRI has produced groundbreaking technology that is both surgeon-focused and patient-centered at the same time, with the single purpose of enhancing quality of life.” This was demonstrated in an important white paper currently under review that examines the impact of reducing contact pressures and stress shielding through varying rod diameters and the benefits of varying diameters in longer transition rods. SRI’s patent-pending transition rod has no transition junctions in the rod, which allows for a more beneficial outcome than current options available today. “I am particularly excited about the design of the transition rod,” Dr. Abel concluded. “It provides a unique biomechanical benefit in allowing a stiff rod at the lumbosacral junction to minimize rod failure as well as a less stiff rod at the top of a long construct to reduce Proximal Junction Kyphosis. The initial data showed that SRI’s smooth transition rod technology made a significant improvement in both long-term fixation and reduction in micro-motion of the implant. I look forward to being a part of their future pipeline.”

The Swedge™ Pedicle Screw System features three different rod diameters which can be conveniently and easily interchanged for use in one effective tulip, and fastened with a simple, one-step locking cap. Currently, the Swedge system is FDA-approved for a 5.5mm rod; 4.75mm and 5.0mm rods are pending FDA clearance.

To see how the groundbreaking Swedge™ Pedicle Screw System helps physicians leverage efficiencies with superior interoperative flexibility, visit the website spinalresourcesinc.com. For more information, contact our media and investors relations specialist: Ms. Melanie Raskin – melanie.raskin@aktaPD.com.

About Spinal Resources, Inc.® (SRI)

Founded in 2005, Spinal Resources, Inc.® is a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based medical device company focusing on spinal implants that support cost-effective patient care with innovative mechanical and biomechanical products to alleviate pain, shorten recovery time, restore health, and extend quality of life. SRI has engineered a unique line of patented spinal products for the surgical repair and reconstruction of debilitating spinal conditions. To learn how the Swedge™ Pedicle Screw System supports clinicians craving more clinical flexibility and efficiency, visit spinalresourcesinc.com.

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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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