Spine Surgeons in Texas and Indiana Advance Patient Care with Structurally Encoded Devices
Zeshan Hyder, DO, of Bone & Joint Specialists in Merrillville, Ind.; Frank K. Kuwamura, III, MD, of Innovative Spine in San Antonio; and Larry M. Kjeldgaard, DO, of Cervical Spine Specialist in Fort Worth are the first surgeons to implant medical devices with Structural Encoding® technology. The Structural Encoding technology advances patient care by providing permanent marking embedded within the device that is accessible through an x-ray image.
“We are always looking for the best technologies available to improve the results for our patients and get them back to their productive and pain-free activity as quickly as possible. Having a clear knowledge of their history helps us create the best plan of care. Structural encoding provides transparency for surgeons and patients that creates a new level of knowledge from patient research to implant integrity, all of which equals better patient care,” said Dr. Hyder.
Dr. Kuwamura agrees, “As surgeons, we take care to understand our patients’ lifestyles and activity level. The more knowledge we have, the better decisions we can make for their care. Patients move, physicians retire, and when we see patients that have had previous procedures with other surgeons, it can be almost impossible to get their records. We spend significant time trying to track that information down, but sometimes we don’t know what has previously been implanted until we are in surgery. Structural Encoding changes all of that. We now have a way to know everything about a device and previous surgeries simply by taking an x-ray.”
Structural Encoding, a patented technology platform developed by Watershed Idea Foundry, is the industry’s most innovative solution for medical device identification with permanent direct part marking. Manufacturers can license the technology for use in their medical devices to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation around permanent marking of the device itself, called Unique Device Identification (UDI). Nvision Biomedical Technologies, a San Antonio-based medical device and biologics manufacturer, is the first company to launch devices with the Structural Encoding technology.
“We work with our patients to determine the best outcomes for getting them back to their quality of life and sometimes that means surgery,” said Dr. Kjeldgaard. “If we do determine surgery is the best course of action, the knowledge we have and the more information we can provide our patients, the better. Structural Encoding gives us an advantage in patient care and gives the patient peace of mind for a lifetime.”
Nvision initially launched three devices in the nv line with Structural Encoding. nvc® is an anterior cervical interbody fusion system; nvp® is a posterior lumbar interbody fusion system; and nva® is an anterior lumbar interbody fusion system. The initial surgeries were anterior cervical discectomy with fusion at one and two levels, with a structurally encoded nvc PEEK interbody implant.
“The entire medical device industry is looking to provide UDI compliant devices, but none are as seamless or as user-friendly as those with Structural Encoding,” said Dr. Hyder. “Structural Encoding is self-contained and doesn’t cause any extra steps or paperwork for the surgeon or the hospital, and that alone is good for our patients.”
About Dr. Zeshan Hyder
Dr. Zeshan Hyder is partner with Bone & Joint Specialists in Merrillville, Ind. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, who has been voted Best of the Region for Spine Care by The Times for three straight years.
He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Illinois and throughout his medical education has published articles on various subjects related to arthroplasty and spinal surgery. During his fellowship and residency programs he gained valuable expertise in sports medicine, orthopedics and trauma as well as conservative and surgical management of all orthopedic spinal disorders.
About Dr. Frank Kuwamura
Dr. Frank K. Kuwamura, the founder and chief surgeon at Innovative Spine in San Antonio, Texas, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in emerging technology for spinal care.
A graduate of Boston University Medical School, Kuwamura completed his internship in general surgery and residency in orthopedic surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where he earned the rank of Commander in the 3rd Marine Division. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Bexar County Medical Society. He has held the title of Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and served on the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, Board Certification.
About Dr. Larry Kjeldgaard
Dr. Larry M. Kjeldgaard, founder and owner of Cervical Spine Center in Fort Worth and Hurst, Texas is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of the spine, neck and back.
A graduate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Kjeldgaard completed his residency at the Community General Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg, PA, and his orthopedic surgery residency training in Pontiac, Michigan. He’s a member of American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.
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