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Medical supply retailer with Spinova Support Plus in a hospital “Quality also means taking time for patients“

Issue 02/2018

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Certified orthotist Eiko Limmer works at the medical supply retailer Spiegel in Fulda (Germany). When he visits the neighboring hospital , he usually brings two things with him: Spinova Support Plus and time to spend with patients who have had back surgery. The former makes the latter possible.

Bauerfeind life: How does Spinova Support Plus help you in the hospital?
Eiko Limmer: Well , primarily it helps patients, of course. But until it gets to that point , it helps me. The orthosis is easy to transport and demonstrate, and it can be put on quickly. This saves time, which I can use to focus on conversations with patients. Forgetting the quality that Bauerfeind products offer for the moment: quality also means taking time for patients.

“We like the orthosis because it can be used individually and flexibly in various situations.”Eiko Limmer

Certified orthotist Eiko Limmer from the medical supply retailer Spiegel in Fulda uses the Spinova Support Plus back orthosis for post-operative treatment.
Certified orthotist Eiko Limmer from the medical supply retailer Spiegel in Fulda uses the Spinova Support Plus back orthosis for post-operative treatment.

How does a typical treatment work?
Eiko Limmer: Along with our main office and our outlets in town, we also have a shop inside Fulda Hospital. This shop has all the torso orthotics products we need, and in all sizes, in stock. If we need to use Spinova Support Plus for a treatment , I do the patient fittings together with the doctor. This is usually done on the third day after surgery, at which time the patient is generally still bedridden. We wait longer than that in the case of complex intervention procedures, for example those involving stiff vertebrae combined with osteoporosis. First I put on the orthosis to show the patient how it’s done, then I put it on the patient. It takes me an average of 30-40 minutes to do this. Depending on the indication, the patient might wear the orthosis for around five to six weeks. The back pad can be removed in about ten days, depending on what the attending physician says. The main indications for use of the orthosis in the hospital are spondylodeses and herniated disks.

With Spinova Support Plus, the tensioning straps are initially positioned in the center of the back-setting device in order to support the natural lordosis.
With Spinova Support Plus, the tensioning straps are initially positioned in the center of the back-setting device in order to support the natural lordosis.

Why do you use Spinova Support Plus in particular?
Eiko Limmer: Stabilization of the lower back is the decisive aspect for us. Patients need support immediately after an operation. We like the orthosis because it can be used individually and flexibly in various situations. In addition, after patients go home, they are able to use it on their own. Doctors also know that surgery results will be safeguarded and that the patient is in good hands. The ability to gradually remove parts of Spinova Support Plus also offers a major benefit. It increases mobility, and patient motivation, step by step.

How do you explain the benefits to patients?
Eiko Limmer: We tell them that the orthosis will alleviate pain, which will quickly lend them mobility, and that this in turn supports the healing process. Patients are just as interested in safeguarding the results of surgery as doctors are. They will try to avoid a repeat operation at all costs.

Do patients understand the benefits the orthosis offers?
Eiko Limmer: They very quickly realize that mobility would not be possible without Spinova Support Plus, even though they’re not that extensively packed in circularly. The large stitches in the knitted fabric make the orthosis light and airy. Most patients like that a lot , especially in the summer, of course. They also appreciate practical aspects, such as the fact that the product can be machine-washed. Other products have to be hand-washed, which requires a lot of effort.

“Spinova Support Plus helps patients by relieving pain. It lends patients mobility more quickly, which in turn supports the healing process.”Eiko Limmer

After that , the strap tension can be set with a torque wrench.
After that , the strap tension can be set with a torque wrench.

What did you think when you saw Spinova Support Plus for the first time?
Eiko Limmer: Oh, I thought it was complicated, with all of its different components. That quickly proved to be a misconception, however. Everything is in its place – for the patient as well. You can’t go wrong when you put it on – with all the markings on the top and bottom and the inside and outside. The design itself ensures it’s easy to use. Patients notice immediately if something is on the wrong way.

What do you think is the most important benefit offered by the orthosis?
Eiko Limmer: You’ll be surprised by this, but the answer is time, by which I mean time for me, but more importantly for patients and doctors. Doctors don’t want to wait long to order what may be an expensive corset , but before they order it , they want to be able to give patients the sense of security they need after surgery. They want to quickly be able to use a proven and individually adjustable product that supports the lumbar spine and relieves the ventral portions of the vertebral bodies.

The “plus“ for back support

The Spinova Support Plus back support is a variant from the range of Spinova lumbar orthosis products. It stabilizes the lumbar spine and supports the patient’s natural lordosis. With its large back pad, Spinova Support Plus relieves the anterior column of the vertebral bodies in the case of ventral damage caused by anterior edge breaks or spinous process fractures, for example. It does this by correcting posture and redistributing forces onto the thoracic spine, pelvis, and the sacral bone. The orthosis can be downgraded gradually during the course of treatment. If the large back pad and the aluminum stays are removed from the back-setting device, the orthosis stabilizes like a Lindemann corset.

Patented variable force application

The lumbar orthosis, including the back pad, extends down to the lower thoracic spine. It wraps around the torso with a form-fitting support with integrated corset stays. The orthosis’ stabilizing force is applied in a targeted manner via the patented Spinova tensioning strap system. To this end, the straps are attached to the back-setting device at variable heights, deflected, and connected in a closure system. When fastened centrally, the orthosis extends to the lumbar lordosis. The wider the selected strap distance, the less extensive the correction in the direction of the lordosis. The strap tension can be permanently adjusted with a torque wrench, which ensures that the stabilizing force is always the same when the orthosis is closed.
Spinova Support Plus is used for post-operative and conservative treatments. Indications for the back orthosis are: lumbar vertebra fractures, spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis grade II, spondylolysis/kyphoplasty, herniated disks, osteoporosis, lumbar syndrome, and muscular insufficiency. The large back pad comes in a “Standard” variant for patients with a height above 1.70 meters and a “Short” version for patients below 1.70 meters.

Images: Rainer Kraus


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