CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, with a focus on treating conditions related to the aging spine, today announced the first ever three-level Guided Lumbar Interbody Fusion (GLIF) procedure performed by Morgan Lorio, MD FACS of Bristol, TN. GLIF is the only lateral approach on the market today that provides the surgeon the ability to perform a 360-degree correction without repositioning the patient. The revolutionary GLIF technique and ARC Portal Access System is designed to allow surgeons to perform lateral interbody fusion procedures with the opportunity for less intra-operative blood loss and minimized tissue disruption; while decreasing the recovery time for most patients.

Dr. Morgan Lorio, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Neurospine Solutions in Bristol, TN completed the first three-level procedure using the proprietary ARC Portal Access System and instrumentation designed specifically for the GLIF technique. This system provides lateral access with direct visualization to the intervertebral disc space while allowing the patient to remain in the prone position. When augmented with posterior pedicle fixation, the ARC system eliminates the need to reposition the patient intra-operatively, thereby reducing the overall length of the lateral lumbar fusion procedure and potentially reducing operating room costs. "The GLIF system allowed me to achieve correction in a minimally invasive and timely manner that would not otherwise be possible with any other procedure currently on the market. The differentiated and unique dorso-lateral approach allows you to access both anterior and posterior elements of the spine to allow for a true 360-degree correction," stated Dr. Lorio. The operation was performed on a 62-year old male patient with spinal instability and developmental stenosis associated with adjacent level degeneration.