Memorial to Participate in National Pilot Study for Disc Implant

(November 2, 2010) - Memorial University Medical Center is one of only five sites in the entire United States selected to participate in a pilot study for the TRIUMPH® Lumbar Disc for treatment of degenerative disc disease - a leading cause of chronic neck and back pain.

The investigational TRIUMPH device, developed by Globus Medical Inc., is the only lumbar artificial disc developed for a posterolateral surgical approach. This approach involves gently separating the muscles of the lower back to reach the disc, rather than operating through the abdominal cavity to access the disc, as is the case with traditional artificial disc surgery. The purpose of the pilot study is to evaluate the TRIUMPH disc for the treatment of patients suffering from degenerative disc disease at one vertebral level between L1 and S1. The study is open to men and women ages 18 to 65 years of age.

James Lindley, M.D., of the Neurological Institute of Savannah and Center for Spine and Memorial Spine™, is the principal investigator for the study. Lindley and Memorial are currently seeking to enroll patients in the TRIUMPH IDE Pilot Study. Please contact Vikki Taylor at 912-350-8568 or taylovi2@memorialhealth.com if you are interested in participating in this clinical trial.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.