Dr. Loftus is happy to announce he has been granted a second patent related to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS). This is another innovative contribution to the field of minimally-invasive spine surgery by Dr. Loftus.
The claim, titled “Retractor Component System and Method Comprising Same” is a blade assembly.
A blade assembly has a blade body and a blade body surround. A retractor attachment structure is attached to the blade body at the first end portion thereof extending from an exterior surface thereof. The retractor attachment structure is configured for having one of the blade body mounting structures of the retractor engaged therewith in a manner whereby the blade body is independently pivotable about and translatable along the blade body mounting structure. An alignment member protrudes from an interior surface of the blade body adjacent its first end portion. A slot extends through the blade body at its first end portion. The blade body surround and the blade body jointly form a generally cylindrical-shaped structure when the blade body is in a seated position within the slot. The cylindrical structure defines a central passage extending between the first and second end portions of blade body surround.
The U.S. Patent Office approved additional independent claims for serial no. 13/416,931 relating to the overall retractor system.
Dr. Loftus was recently invited by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) to be a member of the Technology Committee. The priority of this committee is to help advance the technological aspects of the educational and informational formats of the AANS.
He is looking forward to contributing to the AANS on a national level with his acceptance of this nomination.
The Technology Committee is a three year term and ends May 2016.
Loftus is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Originally posted on Becker’s Spine Review
Written by Anuja Vaidya
Thomas S. Loftus, MD, established Austin Neurosurgical Institute. He also serves as an educator for Medtronic’s minimally invasive spinal surgery courses. He is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and a member of Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Texas Medical Association.
Dr. Loftus is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and he has a professional interest in cervical herniated discs, cervical spine disorders, endovascular surgery, lumbar degenerative disc disease and spinal disorders. He has an interest in developing instrumentation and has been awarded numerous patents. He has also given presentations at a number of national conferences and professional organization meetings.
“The most difficult part in engaging staff is keeping them in a cohesive team,” said Dr. Loftus. “The most difficult part in keeping staff motivated is the difficulty in helping them see the value they provide to the practice and the importance of each of their individual roles in ensuring the entire team functions at a high level of efficiency and effectiveness.”
Dr. Loftus earned his medical degree at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and completed his neurosurgical surgery residency at University of Missouri in Columbia. He has completed a fellowship in complex spine with Columbia (Mo.) Orthopedic Group as well as an endovascular/ cerebrovascular fellowship at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
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