TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - A south Georgia surgeon has a breakthrough device to treat a common spine condition.
Tift Regional Medical Center surgeon Dr. Mac Sims invented a spinal device used in surgical treatment of spondylolisthesis.
Spondylolisthesis is a disorder common in women ages 50 to 75 that causes part of the backbone to slip to one side. Typical symptoms include back and leg pain.
Dr. Sims said other surgeons across the nation have expressed interest due to the precision of the device.
"Companies all over the world are trying to find the right instrument that delivers a consistent result with regard to pulling that bone just perfectly back into the perfect mechanical alignment," said Dr. Sims.
Dr. Mims said it's not any more expensive than other surgical treatments for the problem.