The Spine Institute at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is holding a free seminar regarding a clinical trial available to those who suffer from lumbar spinal stenosis, described as pain in their legs, buttock or groin when they stand or walk. The program, “A New Clinical Trial for Lower Back Pain Featuring the Superion™ Interspinous Spacer” will be held on June 21, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave., Livingston, NJ.

Christopher Zarro, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with The Spine Institute at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, will introduce an investigational/medical device, the Superion™ Interspinous Spacer(ISS), designed to relieve chronic pain caused by moderate lumbar spinal stenosis.  It may offer a minimally invasive alternative to traditional spinal surgery.  Currently, a clinical trial is underway through The Spine Institute at Saint Barnabas to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Superion™ ISSfor the treatment of moderate lumbar spinal stenosis. The FDA will evaluate data collected from this study to determine whether this device should be made commercially available in the U.S.

The Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital, chronic or acute spinal disorders such as stenosis,scoliosis, herniated disks and degenerative disks.  The evaluation of disorders of the spine encompasses the most modern concepts of both the diagnosis and treatment. Patients at The Spine Institute at Saint Barnabas are evaluated tod istinguish between those who will benefit most from conservative therapy and those who will require surgery. The team at The Spine Institute consists of highly-trained neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons who perform progressive,state-of-the art surgical techniques while utilizing the latest technologies available to provide our patients with optimal outcomes.

The program is free, but advanced registration is requested by calling 973-322-2988, or visiting www.sbhcscalendar.com/sbmc.