Summit County spine specialist first in nation to use MAS-TLIF system |

Summit County spine specialist first in nation to use MAS-TLIF system

FRISCO – Patients undergoing spine surgery at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco may be one of the first in the nation to benefit from a new instrument called the MAS-TLIF system. Dr. Greg Poulter, Spine Surgeon at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics was the first in the nation to use this system during

a spine procedure at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.

“This is a new system for performing minimally invasive spine fusions. The techniques for these fusions have been present for several years, but these cases are often challenging. With small incisions, there is a concern that delicate nerves may be injured by misplaced screws and

that the bones of the spine can not be manipulated as they can with a larger incision,” said Dr. Poulter.

To address these concerns, the MAS-TLIF system manufactured by NuVasive Spine, allows the surgeon to use a combination of technologies that were previously not available for minimally invasive surgery. The MAS-TLIF system incorporates advanced Nerve Avoidance Technology that helps the surgeon avoid damaging any nerves during the procedure. The system also provides excellent visualization of the spine and the ability to compress and distract the bones of the spine, all through a 1 1/4 inch incision. The availability of this technique expands the number of patients that are candidates for minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Poulter believes the benefit to his patients is reduced pain, reduced blood loss, and a faster recovery. “I am proud of the excellent spine care that we provide to our mountain community and I am honored to have had the opportunity to introduce this new technology in Summit County,” he said.

In 2009, the Summit Spine Specialists at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center completed 158 spine surgeries. This group of highly-accomplished spine surgeons specializes in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery of the neck and back, including athletic injuries of the spine.

For more information about this procedure or to schedule a consultation with one of our spine specialists, please contact Summit Spine Specialists at (970) 668-9500 or visit us at

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center has provided health care services to Summit County residents for over 30 years. The facility was established in 1978 to serve the high country and the surrounding area as a 24-hour emergency facility. St. Anthony Summit Medical Center opened a new 111,788 square foot facility on December 7, 2005, and is now a full-service hospital with a Level III trauma designation, 24-hour emergency department, 35 medical beds, surgical intensive care, intensive care unit, spine and joint orthopaedics, cardiovascular services, digital mammography and maternity beds. The state-of-the-art Birth Place at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center eliminates the need for families to travel outside the county for delivery and care of their babies. For more information about St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, please visit us at

Focusing on providing the highest quality patient service available, Vail•Summit Orthopaedics has been helping patients with the best customized treatment and the latest advances in medical technology since 1979. VSO ( has offices in Vail, Frisco and Edwards.

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