Medical Center of Aurora July 03, 2018

HCA/HealthONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) is among the first hospitals in Colorado to begin using a new bone graft tool to achieve better patient outcomes in spinal fusions. TMCA spine surgeon, Stephen Pehler, MD, is conducting minimally invasive spinal fusion procedures using the new device and in the process increasing patient success rates for spinal fusions from the national average of 75% to 92%.

Jeffrey Kleiner, MD, developed the KG®1 bone graft tool while performing surgeries at The Medical Center of Aurora. The tool is a solution to spine surgeons’ frustrations over delivering bone graft material during spinal fusion procedures. The device benefits patients by limiting the amount of retraction of their sensitive nerve tissue and allowing surgeons to fill their disk space with bone graft in one pass. This process greatly increases the success of the operation and reduces the potential of requiring another surgery.

The KG®1 is a disposable device and will positively impact the outcome of patients needing a lumbar spinal fusion due to degenerative disc diseases, arthritis in the back and back injuries.

The Medical Center of Aurora’s President & CEO, Dan Miller, said, “We are pleased to offer this device as an option for use in our lumbar spinal fusion surgeries. At TMCA we continually focus on ways to improve patient outcomes and provide better patient care, and this new bone graft tool allows us to do this.”

According to Dr. Pehler, “The Kleiner bone graft funnel assists my surgical cases and practice in several ways. Not only has it increased our documented fusion rates in patients from both a minimally invasive and open TLIF approach, it also greatly improves optimal bone graft delivery efficiency and safety.” Pehler continued, “The funnel allows for stable and safe direct delivery of bone graft into the disc space without the need for nerve root and dural retraction. Eliminating repeated graft delivery near the dura and nerve elements through conventional means, this device greatly improves efficiency and safety for our patients.”

About Kleiner Device Labs

Kleiner Device Labs is creating new tools and devices to advance minimally invasive spine surgery and improve outcomes and costs for patients, surgeons, hospitals and payers. Kleiner Device Labs is headquartered in Incline Village, California. More information is available on the company’s web site at

KG is a registered trademark of Kleiner Device Labs/Spinal Surgical Strategies