NSF Mission Trips
Today, NSF leads mission trips to two direct locations (Monterrey, Mexico and Tegucigalpa, Honduras) with the goal of creating sustainable spine treatment programs in areas that would not otherwise have the resources to do so.
On these mission, NSF is responsible for mission planning, funding, products (i.e. instruments, fixation systems, implants etc.) and neuromonitoring services. The NSF team embraces collaboration and partnership in order to leverage the best possible outcomes for the patients we set out to help. NSF works hand-in-hand with NuVasive, Inc., local medical professionals, governments, hospitals and other nonprofits to break down financial, geographic and cultural barriers to ensure that patients around the world get the care they deserve.
Our mission teams are made-up of renowned spine surgeons, allied health professionals and volunteers who are committed to giving patients access to the surgical treatment they critically need, while providing a pathway toward a normal life at no cost to them. These individuals volunteer their time and expertise out of the sheer love of giving back and changing lives.
Where We Go
With your support and the new team’s hard work over the last year, NSF is excited to announce it is relaunching the NSF directed mission trip program in TWO new locations: Monterrey, Mexico and Tegucigalpa, Honduras
In Monterrey, Mexico, the foundation has partnered with Global Spine Outreach to focus on pediatric deformity cases. Over the week mission, the team, led by Dr. Greg Mundis and Dr. Anthony Rinella, will evaluate 60-80 children with spinal deformities and provide surgery to 10-15 of these children. The entire team evaluates all the children together and participates in the operating room – each team member providing important insight into the care of the child.
In Tegucigalpa, Honduras our mission team will focus on adult degenerative cases. We plan to evaluate 30-40 adult patients with degenerative spine diagnoses and provide surgery to 10-20 of the individuals. These are individuals living in debilitating pain, some unable to work or even walk, but because of the severely limited resources in this area, are left with no options for relief. NSF will be the first group to bring spine surgery to the One World Holy Family surgery center and the patients it serves – making this an exciting partnership for both the foundation and community of Tegucigalpa.
2017 Directed Missions
Barbados: December 2017
In partnership with World Pediatric Project, NSF ended the year strong with an NSF directed mission trip to Bridgetown, Barbados. The team performed eight adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgeries at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), in Bridgetown, Barbados. The team was led by Steve Hwang, MD and Andrew Vivas, MD, with the help of Kevin Moroney, product manager, Heather Greenburg, neurophysiologist, and NSF teammates Jamie Hagan and Nic Didier.
Janine is a 19-year old from Barbados, with an unwavering passion for life. Four years ago, she was diagnosed with scoliosis and has been confined to wearing a brace 23-hours a day. Through it all, Janine remained committed to living her life to the fullest. Last year, she won a prestigious honor of serving as an ambassador for her parish, and spent the year focusing on improving agriculture within her community as a way to better her nation.
Janine was one of eight surgeries performed on the December 2017 NuVasive Spine Foundation (NSF) Directed Mission to Barbados in partnership with World Pediatric Project. Once she has healed from her surgery, Janine hopes to utilize her diploma in Health Sciences to become an EMT and help people in need. Donate today, to ensure patients like Janine have the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest.