University Orthopedics’ Dr. Kleinhenz Only Surgeon in RI Performing Breakthrough Surgery for Treatment of Cervical Disc Degeneration

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (FEBRUARY 12, 2020) — Continuing the tradition of using the latest and best technology to provide the highest quality care possible for its patients, University Orthopedics is proud to announce one of its renowned surgeons recently became the first in Rhode Island to perform a cutting-edge surgery to treat patients with cervical disc degeneration.


Dr. Dominic Thomas Kleinhenz recently began implanting the M6-C™ artificial cervical disc into patients suffering from cervical disc degeneration – which is a common cause of neck pain and radiating arm pain. Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the M6-C disc was designed as an innovative option for patients needing artificial disc replacement as an alternative to spinal fusion. Featuring a shock-absorbing nucleus and fiber annulus that work together to mimic the anatomic structure of a natural disc, the M6-C device is the only artificial cervical disc available in the U.S. that enables compression or “shock absorption” at the implanted level. The disc also provides a controlled range of motion when the spine transitions in its combined complex movements.

“There’s nothing better than treating a patient who’s been suffering from back or neck pain for days, months, years and seeing them, very quickly after surgery, get better and get back to the life that they want to live,” Dr. Kleinhenz said. “Patients often come in with the myth that all back and neck surgery is bad. However, using cutting-edge technology like the M6-C – combined with our expertise – helps us dispell that notion.”

About Dr. Dominic Thomas Kleinhenz

Dominic Thomas Kleinhenz, M.D. is a spine surgeon who specializes in a wide range of spinal conditions. Dr. Kleinhenz treats patients with neck and back problems. His practice focuses on patients who suffer from disc herniation, degenerative cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disease, spine trauma, and spine deformity. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, graduating summa cum laude. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine with Honors. He completed an Orthopedic Surgery residency at Brown University and Rhode Island/Miriam Hospitals.

Dr. Kleinhenz completed a Spine Surgery fellowship at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. He is a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

About University Orthopedics

University Orthopedics (UOI, universityorthopedics.com), with clinic locations in Barrington, East Greenwich, East Providence, Johnston, Providence, Middletown, North Providence, Westerly, and West Warwick, is a regional center for orthopedics, sports medicine, and rehabilitation. UOI includes more than 40 board-certified orthopedic, fellowship-trained musculoskeletal and sports medicine physicians. These specialists are faculty members of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University who teach medical students, orthopedic residents, and fellowship sub-specialty surgeons.

About Orthofix

The M6-C artificial cervical disc is manufactured and distributed by Orthofix, a global medical device company focused on musculoskeletal products and therapies. The Company’s mission is to improve patients’ lives by providing superior reconstruction and regenerative musculoskeletal solutions to physicians worldwide. Headquartered in Lewisville, Texas, Orthofix’s spine and orthopedic extremities products are distributed in more than 70 countries via the Company’s sales representatives and distributors. For more information about cervical disc degeneration and the M6-C disc, please visit the patient education website www.m6disc.com.

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Chris J. Stewart

Chris currently serves as President and CEO of Surgio Health. Chris has close to 20 years of healthcare management experience, with an infinity to improve healthcare delivery through the development and implementation of innovative solutions that result in improved efficiencies, reduction of unnecessary financial & clinical variation, and help achieve better patient outcomes. Previously, Chris was assistant vice president and business unit leader for HPG/HCA. He has presented at numerous healthcare forums on topics that include disruptive innovation, physician engagement, shifting reimbursement models, cost per clinical episode and the future of supply chain delivery.

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