The Bonati Institute(SM), the center for the patented Bonati Procedures(SM) for advanced spinal surgery, announced the undertaking of an outcome study employing a post-operative Oswestry Disability Index (“ODI”) to measure self-reported functional status and pain in patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) who had subsequently undergone Bonati Procedures to correct problems associated with FBSS.
The ODI (aka: Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire) is an extremely important tool that researchers and disability evaluators use to measure a patient’s permanent functional disability. The test has been around for 25 years and is considered the “gold standard” of low back functional outcome tools.
In the initial phases of the study, The Bonati Institute will select a sample of patients who have undergone spinal surgery, usually “open” or fusion surgery, at another facility and for which that prior surgery had either failed to alleviate existing pain or had resulted in new pain. This condition is recognized as Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. FBSS patients historically have higher levels of pain than patients who have not had previous spine surgeries and are usually more difficult to treat successfully with re-exploration surgeries.
Over the past 25 years, The Bonati Institute has secured a reputation for success in relieving pain from FBSS. Currently, nearly 40% of those seeking relief from back pain at The Bonati Institute are FBSS patients.
The outcome study will calculate the quantifiable improvement from a previously administered pre-operative ODI to the post-operative ODI currently being administered. Improvement is measured in each area by a lowering of the total ODI score. As its method for measuring progress, the ODI employs a series of questions designed to measure how back pain affects a person’s ability to manage everyday activities such as walking, lifting, and personal care. The Oswestry index produces a score of zero to 100, with zero representing no disability and 100 indicating the patient is incapacitated or bed-bound.
The standard “core set” of outcome measures from Oswestry Disability Indices for Low Back Pain includes 10 domains: pain intensity, personal care, lifting, walking, sitting, standing, sleeping, sex life, social life and traveling.
Robert Hillier, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at The Bonati Institute, will administer the study. Dr. Hillier is a graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Molecular Bio-physics. He received his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School and completed an internship in General Surgery and residencies in General Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The Bonati Institute
The Bonati Institute is the center for the advanced surgical procedures known as The Bonati Procedures. The comprehensive medical complex occupies an 11-acre campus in Hudson, Florida, and includes The Bonati Institute’s Diagnostic and Clinical Services Center, Surgical Center, Neurology Center, Pain Management Center, Physical Therapy Center and Imaging Center. ” Bonati,” “The Bonati Procedures” and “The Bonati Institute” are service marks and are the property of The Bonati Institute.