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Surgeon First To Perform Anterior to Psoas Surgery in an Ambulatory Surgery Center

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Surgeon First To Perform Anterior to Psoas Surgery  in an Ambulatory Surgery Center

Fox Valley Orthopedics (FVO) announced Spine Surgeon Lauren E. Matteini, MD, is the first to perform an Anterior to Psoas (ATP) fusion of the lumbar spine in an ambulatory surgery center in the state of Illinois. This minimally invasive procedure stabilizes the spine to help correct abnormal movement.

The Anterior to Psoas approach is the latest surgical technique used to help patients with spondylolisthesis, or degenerative disc disease. While not uncommon, it is a complicated procedure where a surgeon removes the damaged disc and inserts an interbody cage between the vertebrae that is filled with a synthetic bone graft. The anterior incision limits muscle dissection, thereby reducing pain and recovery time.

“The patient had years of lower back and leg pain, and needed relief,” said Dr. Matteini. “He traveled here from Wisconsin, and was encouraged by the outpatient surgical option in an ASC…and was able to recover in the comfort of his son’s home following surgery. When he came in for his follow-up visit the next day, he had no pain and was only taking over-the-counter pain relief since his surgery the previous day.”

Traditional spinal fusion surgery usually requires a hospital stay, but ASCs have become viable alternatives with surgical advancements. FVO’s Ambulatory Surgery Center is customized with orthopedic surgical equipment, and fully staffed with a team uniquely trained in orthopedics. It is state-licensed and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, and costs considerably less than a hospital.

“Once the patient completes physical therapy,” said Dr. Matteini, “I expect he will be able to walk, run and enjoy life again, pain-free.”

Founded in 1974, Fox Valley Orthopedics (FVO) provides musculoskeletal care in diagnostic and comprehensive treatment for patients of all ages who have acute or chronic orthopedic conditions or injuries. FVO board-certified/board-eligible physicians and surgeons specialize in all areas of orthopedics and draw from multiple treatment options to provide surgical and non-surgical solutions. Areas of service include foot and ankle, hand and upper extremity, sports medicine, pain management, as well as pain management and rheumatology. FVO’s physical therapy, Ambulatory Surgery Center, and in-house imaging also provide cost-effective and convenient care, and OrthoFirst, FVO’s urgent walk-in clinic. Fox Valley Orthopedics is a state-of-the-art, state-licensed facility, and is accredited by the AAAHC - Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Visit, or call 630-584-1400 for more information.