The Medical Center of Aurora: Pioneering Spine Surgery



The Medical Center of Aurora: Pioneering Spine Surgery
Increasing Patient Safety Outcomes

Aurora, Colorado– June 28, 2018 –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 The Medical Center of Aurora

The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive two-time Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is a 346-bed acute care hospital located in Aurora, Colorado. The Medical Center of Aurora is comprised of six campuses in Aurora and Centennial, Colo., including the South Campus, located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi, the North Campus Behavioral Health and Wellness CenterCentennial Medical Plaza, Saddle Rock ER, Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, Spalding Rehabilitation at P/SL, and a medical office building at Green Valley Ranch. The South Campus facility is a Level II Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation, and has an affiliation with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. The Medical Center of Aurora received ‘A’ grades from The Leapfrog Group (Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018), was Colorado’s only hospital to receive the Leapfrog Top General Hospital designation two years in a row (2016, 2017), and was recognized as the #4 hospital in the Denver metro area and the #4 hospital in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015, 2017-2018). The Medical Center of Aurora and its affiliated campuses are part of the HealthONE System. Learn more at

 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