Per Orthopedics This Week:
West Chester, Pennsylvania-based Centinel Spine®, LLC, a privately held spinal implant and instrumentation company focused on anterior column reconstruction, announced a partnership with professional golfer, Tiger Woods.
In April 2017, Tiger Woods was treated by Texas Back Institute’s Dr. Richard Guyer who implanted Centinel Spine’s STALIF M-Ti™ product to alleviate Wood’s ongoing, debilitating back and leg pain. The Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) surgery using Centinel Spine’s STALIF M-Ti fusion implant was so successful that it allowed Woods to complete his PGA Tour comeback after almost three years of golf inactivity. Woods’ comeback culminated with his win at the 83rd Masters, which was his first major win in 11 years.
Woods described his recovery as “miraculous.” He said, “I’m a walking miracle…I had low periods for 4-6 months, where there were times I had to be helped out of bed. There were some days when I couldn’t stand up. Coming back and playing golf was never in my thoughts, I just wanted the pain to go away—I wanted to live my life again with Sam and Charlie.”
Woods continued, “The results of the surgery speak for themselves. I did a lot of research into the various spinal surgical procedures available to me and was convinced that surgery through an anterior approach represented the best option.”
“I relied on Dr. Richard Guyer to direct me to the right solution for my back which was the Centinel Spine product. I have regained my life, and playing golf again at this level, is just an added bonus. My surgery has had a profound impact on me and my family, and I thank my spine surgeon and the technology provided by Centinel Spine.”