Dr. Richard Hynes of The B.A.C.K. Center Pioneer In the Treatment of Back Pain
By Space Coast Daily // November 13, 2016
Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion Technique
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne’s own Dr. Richard Hynes of The B.A.C.K. Center has been winning international acclaim as a pioneer in the treatment of back pain, recently traveling throughout Europe, Asia and India to teach other spine care specialists an advanced surgical technique that is fast becoming the world’s preferred new standard of care for surgically treating indications that include osteoporosis, scoliosis and stenosis of the spine.
The groundbreaking spine fusion method known as the Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion, or OLIF, is a minimally invasive procedure developed by Hynes that involves the removal of damaged intervertebral disc and bone, and the fusing of two adjacent spinal vertebrae.
Unlike traditional methods of spinal fusion, it takes a lateral surgical approach, and, in doing so, spares the disruption of major back muscles, ligaments and bones and preserves back strength. The result is minimal blood loss, virtually zero infection rates, shorter hospital stays and swifter recoveries.
In short, the OLIF procedure may be one of the most profound advancements in spine surgery in the past century, thus the global demand from physicians worldwide to learn how to perform it.
In fact, not only does Hynes regularly travel to other U.S. cities and countries to provide hands-on surgical training, many of the world’s leading spine surgeons come to Brevard County to learn the procedure at The B.A.C.K. Center as part of the Center’s Visiting Surgeon Program.
As word of this innovative surgical approach has spread, patients, too, have been seeking out Hynes, with many flying into Melbourne from around the country to undergo treatment.
OLIF is so effective that Hynes’ colleague at The B.A.C.K. Center, neck and back surgeon Dr. Devin Datta, performed the procedure on Hynes’ own younger brother, who was back playing tennis just 90 days following surgery.
“Next to myself, Dr. Datta is the most experienced OLIF surgeon in America and has played a major role in training other surgeons on the procedure. Also key to OLIF’s advancement and global training program is Melbourne-based vascular surgeon Dr. Joseph Wasselle, who has been an integral member of our extended spine care team,” noted Hynes.
Kris Jones, Vice President of Medical Operations at First Choice Healthcare Solutions, the public company which manages The B.A.C.K. Center, stated, “We’re very proud of the fact that Melbourne, Florida – and The B.A.C.K. Center and First Choice Medical Group, in particular – is proving to be a specific destination for patients seeking the world’s most advanced Spine and Orthopaedic care.”
ONE IN 10 AFFLICTED WITH BACK PAIN
According to industry market researchers, it is estimated that as many as 56 million adult Americans require treatment for back pain each year – of which, 350,000 people undergo spine fusion to treat more chronic back pain issues when more conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief. Globally, it is believed that one in ten people are afflicted with lower back pain, making it the world’s leading cause of disability.
In addition to pioneering the OLIF procedure at The B.A.C.K. Center, Hynes has participated in numerous FDA-approved studies and authored or coauthored dozens of peer reviewed articles on various spine care innovations and treatment modalities. Since 1992, he has also been a key consultant to Medtronic, the world’s leading company in the area of innovative spinal technology.
HIGHLY DECORATED MEDICAL OFFICER
Prior to joining The B.A.C.K. Center in 1996, Hynes was a highly decorated medical officer in the U.S. Army. Among other senior posts he held during his distinguished 20+ year military career, Hynes served as Chief of Spine Service at Eisenhower Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia; and Chief of Spine Service and Assistant Chief of Orthopaedics at Letterman Medical Center in San Francisco.
After receiving his Medical Degree from Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey, Hynes completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He then underwent fellowship training in spine surgery at Harvard University, Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Rutgers and a Master of Science degree in Biology from The American University in Washington, D.C.
The B.A.C.K. Center’s main practice is located at 2222 South Harbor City Boulevard in Melbourne, Florida. In addition to Hynes and Datta, other clinical specialists on its world class team include Dr. Hicham Merheb, Dr. Susan Ville, Dr. John Sassano and Dr. Farhan Zaidi.
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