ApiFix has announced that the company’s minimally invasive ApiFix system has now been used to correct scoliosis in 50 adolescents since the system was approved for marketing in Europe.
Scoliosis surgery is the most invasive procedure in spinal surgery. The average procedure fuses 10 vertebrae together using 20 screws, resulting in significant and permanent loss of mobility. “There is a clear and urgent need for an alternative to today’s standard for scoliosis correction in adolescents from 12–18 years old, the age when rapid growth typically occurs,” said Uri Arnin, chief executive officer, headquartered in Misgav, Israel. “In 80% of these children, the cause of their scoliosis is idiopathic. While the reduction in spine mobility is certainly a difficult consequence of long spinal fusions, which are the gold standard of treating scoliosis today, other critically important negative consequences include high chance for back pain and additional spine surgery during the first 20 years post-original surgery.”
“Now, there is the ApiFix system,” added Ted Bird, chairman, based in Charleston, USA. “We are currently raising funding in order to fast-forward our sales-and-marketing efforts to launch a device that is designed to be a new standard for correcting scoliosis in adolescents.”
A clinical study of the ApiFix system published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Scoliosis concluded that “there are many drawbacks to the current gold standard of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery, which are almost nonexistent with the use of ApiFix: considerable blood loss leading to blood transfusions, neurologic deficit including spinal cord lesions, late infections, pseudoarthrosis, limitation of spinal motion also affecting non-fused levels, back pain and disc degeneration in the non-fused spinal segments. Almost all of these complications can be avoided by the use of Apifix.”