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Duration of preoperative pain linked to chronic opioid use after adult...

For patients who underwent adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery, preoperative opioid use and pain duration of four or more years were independently associated with...

Researchers discover neural plastic changes that improve functional recovery after cervical...

Spinal cord and brain injury researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis, USA), are studying new alternatives to promote functional recovery after a...

Wenzel Spine announces first awake spinal fusion using VariLift-LX

Wenzel Spine has announced that the first awake spinal fusion procedure using its VariLift-LX interbody implant has been performed. The less invasive spine surgery (LISS) was performed...

Nexus Spine announces beta launch of Stable-C cervical interbody system with...

Nexus Spine has announced the beta launch of its Stable-C cervical interbody fusion implants featuring integrated anchoring blades. The limited release adds to the company’s growing...

SATURN study highlights favourable outcomes for NeuorAiD in spinal cord injury...

NeuroAiD (MLC601/MLC901; Moleac) has a favourable safety profile and promising benefits as an add-on therapy to patients suffering from severe spinal cord injuries (SCIs)...

First commercial cases using the Karma MIS system performed

Spinal Elements has revealed that orthopaedic surgeon Pierce Nunley (Specialists Hospital Shreveport, Shreveport, USA), completed the first two commercial cases with its Karma minimally...

Nexxt Spine reveals early clinical evidence and completes enrolment for Nexxt...

Nexxt Spine has announced the completion of enrolment and six-month clinical data collection comparing the Nexxt Matrixx 3D-printed titanium interbody family to polyetheretherketone (PEEK)...

Spiderwort secures US$13.2 million in Series A financing

Spiderwort has announced the successful completion of its US$13.2 million Series A financing round, the money of which will be used to further develop its...

Systemic problems rather than patient-physician relationship most likely reason for racial...

The disparities in chronic low back pain experienced by Black patients compared to White patients are not linked to the patient-physician relationship but are...

NuVasive porous titanium interbody implant and synthetic bone graft substitute a...

The use of entirely synthetic solutions featuring porous titanium interbody implants and a bone graft substitute have clinical and economic advantages compared with traditional, non-porous...

VisAR augmented reality guidance system achieves promising results in spine surgery...

The VisAR augmented reality surgical guidance system (Novarad) is a highly accurate, emerging technology for navigating both open and minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS)...

Routine use of antibiotics after spine surgery may not be warranted

Routine use of postoperative antibiotics in spine surgery may not be effective in preventing surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a recent systematic review...

Comment: Endoscopic techniques “the next logical step” for the decompression of...

Daniel Sauer and Christoph Siepe of the Schön Klinik München Harlaching (Munich, Germany) discuss some of the benefits of endoscopic surgery compared with microsurgery...

Centinel Spine announces full commercial launch of FORTOS-C anterior cervical plating...

Centinel Spine has expanded its cervical solutions portfolio following the full commercial launch of its FORTOS-C anterior cervical plating system. The FORTOS-C plate is a titanium anterior...

Staged surgery and simultaneous surgery associated with similar outcomes for patients...

For the treatment of tandem spinal stenosis (TSS), staged and simultaneous surgery have comparable perioperative, functional and neurologic outcomes, as well as complication rates....

Altus Spine agrees private label partnership with Nanovis Spine

Altus Spine has announced a private label partnership with Nanovis Spine to further strengthen and expand their bioceramic nanotube surface technologies throughout their portfolio. A...

RECODE-DCM: Global consensus reached on degenerative cervical myelopathy as single unifying...

A global, multi-stakeholder consensus process involving those with lived experience has selected degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) as the single unifying term for a progressive...

Aurora Spine bags FDA lumbar spinal stenosis indication clearance for ZIP...

Aurora Spine has announced US Food and Drug FDA clearance of a new lumbar spinal stenosis indication for use for its ZIP family of...

Oligodendrocyte progenitor cells can be safely administered to patients in the...

Oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (LCTOPC1; Lineage Cell Therapeutics) can be safely administered to participants in the subacute period after cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), according...

Waypoint Orthopedics submits FDA 510(k) application for Waypoint GPS system

Waypoint Orthopedics recently announced the submission of a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) application for its Waypoint GPS—a bone awl for use...

No real benefit for rigid thoracolumbar orthosis over elastic lumbar support...

Rigid thoracolumbar orthosis devices do not provide any benefits over an elastic lumbar support in terms of bony union or health-related quality of life...

LimiFlex Dynamic Sagittal Tether moves one step closer to commercial launch

Empirical Spine recently had its pre-market approval (PMA) Module II accepted and closed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an important milestone in...

Further three prodisc cervical total disc replacement devices granted FDA approval

Centinel Spine has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pre-market application (PMA) approval for one-level indications for three additional cervical total disc replacement...

Tritanium posterior lumbar cage an ‘effective alternative’ to PEEK cages for...

For the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD), the Tritanium posterior lumbar cage (Stryker) is an effective alternative to polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages, with higher...

IDE study data demonstrate significant benefits of M6-C artificial cervical disc...

Patients who received the M6-C artificial cervical disc (Orthofix) continue to show statistically significant benefits compared to those who underwent anterior cervical discectomy and...

Medtronic receives FDA clearance for next-generation UNiD Spine Analyzer

Medtronic has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its UNiD Spine Analyzer v4.0 planning platform, which...

Racial and socioeconomic disparities affect postoperative outcomes for spine surgery patients

Racial and socioeconomic disparities in patients’ preoperative physical and mental health at presentation for spine surgery are associated adversely with postoperative outcomes, new research...

Cutting Edge Spine announces received FDA 510(k) clearance of T-FIX 3DSI...

Cutting Edge Spine has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its T-FIX 3DSI joint fusion system....

First US surgeries performed in BalancedBack total joint replacement IDE trial

3Spine has announced completion of the first series of US surgeries in the BalancedBack total joint replacement investigational device exemption (IDE) pivotal clinical trial. All...

BioRestorative Therapies enrols first patient in chronic lumbar disc disease trial

BioRestorative Therapies has announced that the first patient has been enrolled in the its phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and preliminary efficacy...

AlloSource launches new micro fibres demineralised bone allograft for spine procedures

AlloSource has announced the addition of AlloFuse micro fibres demineralised bone allograft for use in spinal, foot and ankle or other orthopaedic procedures. The micro...

Meta-analysis highlights benefits of spinal manipulative therapy for older adults with...

Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is equally as effective as recommended interventions for reducing pain and increasing functional status in older adults who suffer chronic...

Novel supine correction index helps predict brace outcomes in adolescent idiopathic...

Curve progression with brace treatment in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) can be predicted by their curve flexibility and in-brace correction rate, new...

Oxford Performance Materials and Fuse Medical join forces to develop new...

Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) has announced an agreement with Fuse Medical to develop new, spinal, extremity and sports medicine implant product lines utilising the former’s...

Cannabis use associated with increased use of prescription opioids following posterior...

Cannabis usage is associated with increased usage of opioids postoperatively, both while in-patient and post-discharge, following posterior lumbar spinal fusion surgery. This is the...

First surgeries using SureMAX-SA standalone cervical spacer conducted

Additive Implants has announced the first implantations of the SureMAX-SA cervical standalone spacer—a 3D-printed titanium device which the company claims offer unmatched options in...

Insurance type associated with differing patient-reported outcomes in those with lumbar...

Patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) who are insured in the USA through Medicaid have systematically worse baseline patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) across almost...

SpineX announces first patient enrolment in SCONE clinical trial

SpineX has revealed that the first patient has been enrolled in a pivotal trial which will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the company’s...

Study suggests hereditary link for adolescent spinal deformity

There is a considerable increased risk for adolescent spinal deformity (ASD) among those whose parents have suffered spinal deformities, according to a new national...

Enrolment completed in ONWARD’s LIFT Home study

ONWARD Medical has announced that it has completed enrolment in the LIFT Home study, which is designed to evaluate the safety and performance of...

Spinal News International’s top 10 most popular stories of June 2022

Our top story in June came from a modified Delphi study presented at the Global Spine Congress 2022 (1–4 June; Las Vegas, USA) which...

Xenco Medical launches Multilevel CerviKit

Xenco Medical has expanded its ambulatory surgery centre (ASC) surgical device portfolio through US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and launch of its...

Early study suggests novel, injectable gel may greatly reduce chronic low...

An experimental formulation of a hydrogel, injected into spinal discs, proved safe and effective in substantially relieving chronic low back pain caused by degenerative...

SeaSpine announces full commercial launch of WaveForm C 3D-printed interbody system

SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of the WaveForm C interbody system—the company’s first cervical 3D-printed interbody device. The WaveForm C interbody system has...

Debate: Should robotics technology be more widely adopted in spine surgery?

The use of robotics in the field of spine surgery is a much discussed and controversial topic, with numerous physicians arguing both for and...

Theradaptive secures breakthrough device designation for spinal fusion implant

Theradaptive has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough medical device designation for the use of its OsteoAdapt SP...

SI-Bone receives FDA 510(k) clearance for iFuse Bedrock Granite

SI-Bone has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) premarket clearance for its iFuse Bedrock Granite implant system (Granite)—which...

SMAIO receives FDA 510(k) clearance for K-rod range

SMAIO has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its patient-specific K-rod union rods which, combined with...

Surgical decompression provides significant improvement to patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy...

Patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy experience maximal improvement in their quality of life, neck disability, myelopathy score, and overall health out to three months...

3D augmented reality surgical navigation system achieves FDA approval for precision...

VisAR, an augmented reality surgical navigation system from healthcare technology company Novarad, has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) approval for precision...

Revision discectomy associated with higher rates of subsequent lumbar fusion than...

Revision discectomy is associated with higher rates of subsequent lumbar fusion (SLF) and faster time to SLF that primary discectomy at eight-year follow-up. This...

NGMedical launches ART spinal fixation system

NGMedical recently announced the launch of its new ART fixation system in Europe. It has been designed with the aim of providing surgeons with...

Roger Härtl named AANS Humanitarian of the Year

Roger Härtl, co-director of Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian and director of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Center for Comprehensive Spine Care (New York, USA), was recently...

Inspired Spine hits 1,500 oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion procedure milestone

Inspired Spine has announced that it has reached the milestone of completing 1,500 oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF) procedures. According to a company press...

eCential Robotics and ChoiceSpine announce long-term partnership to enhance robotic spine...

eCential Robotics and ChoiceSpine recently announced a long-term partnership to offer a common optimised solution which they say combines navigation, robotics, and implant systems...

3Spine granted investigational device exemption approval

3Spine has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigational device exemption (IDE) approval for a US pivotal clinical trial for their MOTUS spinal...

Nexxt Spine receives United States patent award

Nexxt Spine has received a United States patent award for their rTLIF Rotatable Interbody design, which aims to improve implant positioning and aid insertion...

Altus Spine announces FDA clearance of Sochi OCT system

Altus Spine has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its Sochi OCT system—which is comprised of...

SeaSpine announces full commercial launch of the WaveForm TO 3D-printed interbody...

SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of its 3D-printed WaveForm TO (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion oblique) interbody system which has been designed...

Zavation bags FDA 510(k) clearance for eZspand Lateral cage

Zavation Medical Products has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its expandable lumbar interbody fusion cage, eZspand Lateral. According...

GSC 2022: Heavier patients at greater risk of infection after spinal...

Heavier patients frequently receive an inadequate weight-based dose of preoperative cefazolin and as such have an increased risk of infection following spinal fusion surgery....

GSC 2022: Stereotactic body radiotherapy associated with better local control and...

The risk of local failure is three and a half times greater after conventional external beam radiotherapy (cEBRT) when compared to stereotactic body radiotherapy...

SMAIO receives FDA 510(k) clearance for its Balance Analyzer 3D surgery...

SMAIO has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Balance Analyzer 3D surgery planning software. Balance Analyzer 3D is spinal realignment planning software...

GSC 2022: Expert consensus reached on clinical application of lateral lumbar...

A modified Delphi method has been used to ascertain expert consensus from the Chinese Study Group for Lateral Lumbar Spine Surgery in an effort...

First surgeries using Excelsius3D performed

Globus Medical has announced the first surgeries performed using its intraoperative three-in-one imaging platform, Excelsius3D. Paul McAfee and Mesfin Lemma at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital...

InVivo Therapeutics announces full enrolment for INSPIRE 2.0 acute spinal cord...

InVivo Therapeutics has completed enrolment in the INSPIRE 2.0 study for patients with acute spinal cord injury. The 20-patient study is a randomised, controlled...

Aurora Spine receives FDA 510(k) clearance for its DEXA SOLO-L ALIF...

Aurora Spine has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its 3D-printed DEXA SOLO-L anterior lumbar interbody...

Camber Spine’s SPIRA-P and SPIRA-T devices enter full national launch mode

Camber Spine has announced that it is entering into the next phase of the complete national launch of its SPIRA-P posterior lumbar spacer and has recently commercialised its SPIRA-T...

Viseon hits 1,000 case milestone with MaxView imaging platform

Viseon has announced that it recently achieved the milestone of 1,000 minimally invasive spine surgery cases in the USA utilising its MaxView intraoperative realtime...

3Spine appoints Pierce Nunley to medical advisory board

3Spine has announced the appointment of Pierce Nunley, director of the Spine Institute of Louisiana (Shreveport, USA), to its medical advisory board. The appointment was...

Altus Spine announces FDA clearance of Monaco HA pedicle screw system

Altus Spine has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its Monaco HA pedicle screw system. The Monaco...

Stryker receives FDA clearance for Q Guidance System

Stryker has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Q Guidance System, which—when used with the...

Spinal News International’s top 10 most popular stories of May 2022

A meta-analysis on cervical artificial disc replacement versus ACDF for those with single-level cervical spondylotic myelopathy was our most read story on Spinal News...

Is awake spine surgery a wave of the future?

Two experts outline their views on whether or not awake spine surgery will gain significant traction over the coming years. Awake spine surgery IS...

Accelus receives US FDA 510(k) clearance for its Toro-L interbody fusion...

Accelus has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Toro Lateral (Toro-L) interbody fusion system—a biplanar expandable lateral...

High curve magnitude and limited flexibility the main risk factors for...

High curve magnitude and limited flexibility are major risk factors for early tether breakage following vertebral body tethering (VBT), new research has shown. The...

SeaSpine announces full commercial launch of Explorer TO expandable interbody system

SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of its Explorer TO (TLIF Oblique) expandable interbody system. The system provides a posterior interbody solution that offers two...

Yoga a promising treatment option for those with neuropathic pain due...

Stretch and strength-based yoga exercise exercises could be a promising treatment option for patients with neuropathic pain due to lumbar disc herniation (LDH), according...

CTL Amedica granted FDA 510(k) approval for Navigation Instrument System

CTL Amedica has received official 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Navigation Instrument System. The system features...

Telemedicine has a future in spine surgery but further evidence needed...

Telemedicine is here to stay in spine surgery due to evidence of high patient satisfaction and significant cost savings but questions remain over whether...

Biogennix’s DirectCell advanced bone grafting system used in 500th case

Biogennix has announced that its DirectCell advanced bone grafting system has now been used in more than 500 cases. The DirectCell system includes a bone graft product with...

Myelopathy.org launches new website to better support those with degenerative cervical...

Myelopathy.org, which was founded in 2017 as a collaborative information and support initiative for those affected by degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM), has announced the...

Carlsmed raises US$30M in Series B funding

Carlsmed recently announced that it has closed an oversubscribed US$30M Series B funding round, which will be used to ramp up commercialisation of aprevo,...

Machine learning can help predict early-onset adjacent segment degeneration following ACDF

Machine learning (ML) can help in the discovery of early-onset adjacent segment degeneration (EO-ASD) as well as predict its development following anterior cervical discectomy...

Nanox receives FDA 510(k) clearance for its AI HealthOST device

Nanox has announced that its deep-learning medical imaging analytics subsidiary, Nanox.AI, recently received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its HealthOST...

Cervical artificial disc replacement associated with better functional outcomes than ACDF...

Cervical artificial disc replacement (c-ADR) provides better functional outcomes than anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in patients with single-level cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM),...

ONWARD announces first-in-human use of its ARC implantable neurostimulator for spinal...

ONWARD Medical has announced the first patient enrolment in the HemON study and first-in-human use of the company’s ARC implantable pulse generator (IPG), which is...

CTL Amedica awarded US patent for KLIMT cage design

CTL Amedica has been granted an official patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its KLIMT expandable lumbar interbody fusion cage...

Spinal Simplicity launches Minuteman G5 implant

Spinal Simplicity has announced the launch of its Minuteman G5 implant—a minimally invasive, interspinous-interlaminar fusion device intended for the fixation and stabilisation of the thoracic,...

Operative treatment for ASD associated with significant long-term health-related quality of...

Operative treatment for adult spinal deformity (ASD) provides significant improvement in health-related quality of life at minimum three-year follow-up (mean 4.1 years), suggesting that...

Accelus launches TiHawk7 expandable interbody cage to support endoscopic and MIS...

Accelus has announced both the launch and first procedures performed utilising its TiHawk7 expandable interbody cage—the latest addition to its FlareHawk interbody fusion system portfolio...

ReVivo Medical announces first ever in-human use of its cervical fusion...

ReVivo Medical has announced that Darryl DiRisio (Albany, USA) has successfully completed the first two surgical procedures using the company’s new design of anterior...

Wenzel Spine announces new leadership

Wenzel Spine has announced that its board of directors has appointed Warren Neely as chairman of the board and William (Bill) Wilson as president...

Pre-transfusion testing only necessary for select degenerative cervical spine surgery patients

Pre-transfusion testing for all patients undergoing degenerative cervical spine surgery is unnecessary and only patients with preoperative haemoglobin (Hgb) lower than 12 gr/dl would...

US National Spine Health Foundation celebrates 50-member medical and scientific board...

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the US National Spine Health Foundation (NSHF) has announced the 50 top spine experts who comprise its medical and...

First successful surgical procedure performed using HOLO Portal surgical guidance system

Surgalign has announced that its HOLO Portal surgical guidance system has officially entered clinical use, with the first procedure performed at Indiana Spine Hospital...

OrthoSon completes £8.9m Series A financing to help develop low back...

OrthoSon has announced the completion of a £8.9m Series A financing round to help prepare its proprietary back pain treatment for Phase I trials...

Cartilage endplate composition has a significant impact on disc degeneration

Poor cartilage endplate (CEP) composition plays a significant role in disc degeneration severity and can affect disc health both with and without deficits in...

ChoiceSpine launches Harrier standalone anterior lumbar interbody fusion system

ChoiceSpine has announced the full market release of its next-generation Harrier standalone anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) system. Harrier SA is a 3D-printed standalone screw-based...

One in five older adults regret undergoing corrective surgery for adult...

One-in-five older adults regret their decision to undergo corrective surgery for adult spinal deformity (ASD), new research—published in the journal Spine by Owoicho Adogwa...

Camber Spine patents its Variant Retractor device

Camber Spine has announced that it has received a notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its Variant...

Data show superiority of Simplify cervical disc compared to ACDF for...

Results from a two-level multicentre US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigational device exemption (IDE) study have shown superior outcomes with the Simplify cervical...

Spinal News International’s top 10 most popular stories of April 2022

Our most popular article in April was a debate between two experts in the field—Paul Houle (Hyannis, USA) and Jeremy Steinberger (New York, USA)—on...

Empirical Spine submits PMA Module II for LimiFlex Dynamic Sagittal Tether

Empirical Spine recently submitted premarket approval (PMA) Module II in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process for its LimiFlex Dynamic Sagittal...

IMAST 2022: Vitamin D deficiency may play a role in the...

Dietary vitamin D supplementation can potentially offer a benefit to those with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), according to new research which found that a...

IMAST 2022: Use of low radius of curvature implants increases the...

In patients with early onset scoliosis (EOS), implants with a lower radius of curvature (ROC) are associated with an increased risk of clinically significant...

IMAST 2022: Instrumented posterolateral fusion associated with similar patient outcomes but...

Although there was no difference in patient reported outcomes (PROs) between those who underwent surgery for decompression with instrumented posterolateral fusion (IPLF) and those...

Spine Innovations marks 20,000 ESP spinal disc implant milestone

Spine Innovations has announced that more than 20,000 of its ESP spinal disc replacements have now been successfully implanted in patients around the world....

IMAST 2022: New research highlights high failure rates of anterior VBT...

Anterior vertebral body tethering (VBT) for Lenke 1/2 curves with lumbar C modifier is associated with significantly higher failure rates if both curves are...

TheraCell acquired by Isto Biologics

Isto Biologics has acquired TheraCell as is looks to increase its focus on offering solutions for surgical and clinical care procedures within spine, orthopaedics,...

SpineGuard obtains FDA clearance for commercial release of its Threaded PediGuard...

SpineGuard has received 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration for the commercial release in the USA of its Threaded PediGuard device...

restor3d raises US$23 million to expand 3D-printed surgical solutions

Medical device company restor3d has raised US$23 million as it looks to expand delivery of its 3D-printed personalised surgical solutions across multiple musculoskeletal specialties....

Astura Medical bags FDA 510(k) clearance for El Capitan Oblique ALIF...

Astura Medical has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its El Capitan Oblique anterior...

SpinaFX Medical appoints Kieran Murphy as chief medical officer

Minimally invasive image-guided therapy startup, SpinaFX Medical, has announced the appointment of Kieran Murphy (University Health Network , Toronto, Canada) as chief medical officer...

BASS 2022: Vertebral augmentation can significantly shorten length of hospital stay...

Hospitalised patients with vertebral fragility fractures (VFF) represent a significant number, cost and use of bed days in England, however those who had early...

BASS 2022: Non-fusion anterior scoliosis correction in skeletally mature children a...

Non-fusion anterior scoliosis correction (NFASC) as an alternative to fusion to stabilise progressive idiopathic scoliosis in skeletally mature children with double sided curve is...

BASS 2022: Early mobilisation after incidental dural tear significantly lowers risk...

Although early mobilisation after repaired incidental dural tears has similar major complication and reoperation rates compared to later mobilisation, it does, however, significantly decrease...

COVID, robotics and treating the frail among the key themes at...

 David Cumming, the current president of the British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS), speaks to Spinal News International about some of the main messages...

Spine BioPharma completes US$13m Series B financing round

Spine BioPharma, a biopharmaceutical company that aims to develop non-opiate, non-surgical therapies for the treatment of pain and disability from chronic low back pain...

Spinal News International’s top 10 most popular stories of March 2022

Positive interim data that highlighted the safety and efficacy of DiscGenics’ cell therapy for degenerative disc disease was the most-read story on Spinal News...

HAPPE Spine announces new additions to board of directors

HAPPE Spine has announced two new additions to its board of directors following a US$3.35 million Series A financing round, the funds of which will be...

Debate: Will endoscopic surgery become the standard of care for spinal...

Two experts from the field of spine surgery, Paul Houle (Hyannis, USA) and Jeremy Steinberger (New York, USA), go head-to-head on the controversial topic...

Neuroplast enrols first patient in Phase II clinical trial of Neuro-Cells...

Neuroplast has enrolled its first patient in a Phase II clinical trial to evaluate efficacy of its transformative Neuro-Cells treatment that aims to prevent further...

Augmedics adds former DePuy Synthes president to board of directors

Augmented reality (AR) surgical navigation firm, Augmedics, recently announced the appointment of Nadav Tomer as an independent director to the company’s board of directors. Tomer...

Routine use of screening MRI and pre-emptive treatment “not warranted” to...

The routine use of screening magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and pre-emptive treatment to prevent clinical spinal cord compression (cSCC) is not warranted in patients...

Biocomposites signs agreement with Zimmer Biomet to distribute new genex bone...

Biocomposites has entered into a multi-year agreement with Zimmer Biomet to exclusively distribute its genex bone graft substitute with its new mixing system and...

Saluda Medical raises US$125m to boost Evoke spinal cord stimulation offering

Saluda Medical has finalised US$125 million in equity financing, with the proceeds being used in part to operationalise and scale commercialisation of the company’s Evoke spinal...

First surgical cases completed using Life Spine’s Dyna-Link titanium with barb...

Life Spine receives approval from FDA
Life Spine has announced that the first surgical cases using its Dyna-Link titanium device with barb fixation have been completed. The Dyna-Link titanium stand-alone...

SurGenTec receives FDA clearance for ION screw spine fixation implant

SurGenTec has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ION screw, its proprietary standalone spine fixation implant which can be...

Cannabis can be an effective treatment option for back pain but...

The use of cannabis can be an effective option to treat back pain with an acceptable side effect profile but long-term follow-up is lacking...

SpineUp receives 510(k) FDA clearance for Romero cervical cages

SpineUp has been granted 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for both its Romero self-anchored cervical cage and Romero cervical...

Robot-assisted and augmented reality-assisted thoracolumbar instrumentation “advantageous for both patients and...

Robot-assisted and augmented reality-assisted thoracolumbar instrumentation is advantageous for both patients and surgeons but, as the technology progresses and indications expand, it remains essential...

Augmented reality technology has a “bright future” in spine surgery

Alexander Satin, a spine surgeon at the Texas Back Institute (Frisco, USA), speaks to Spinal News International about the reasons why he uses augmented...

First participants enrolled in ONWARD’s LIFT Home study

ONWARD has begun enrolment in the LIFT Home study, which is designed to examine the safety and performance of its ARCEX Therapy for spinal cord...

3Spine raises US$33 million in Series C funding round

3Spine has raised US$33 million in an oversubscribed Series C private offering, the proceeds of which will be used to fund a Phase 2...

Obese patients still benefit from minimally invasive surgery for adult spinal...

Obese patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for adult spinal deformity (ASD) have less correction of their deformity, worse quality-of-life outcomes, more implant...

Saluda Medical receives FDA approval for the Evoke spinal cord stimulation...

Saluda Medical has announced that it has received full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Evoke spinal cord stimulation (SCS)...

Accelus announces first successful surgeries using Remi robotic navigation with LineSider...

Accelus has announced the successful completion of the first cases utilising its Remi robotic targeting and navigation platform with its LineSider posterior fixation system. Neurosurgeon...

Life Spine announces first surgical case of ProLift Lateral HELO fixated

Life Spine receives approval from FDA
Life Spine has announced the first surgical case of the ProLift Lateral HELO fixated expandable lateral spacer system. The ProLift Lateral HELO fixated with Osseo-Loc surface...

VySpine announces FDA clearance for LumiVy lumbar IBF system

VySpine has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its LumiVy lumbar IBF system which is designed for use...

VUZE Medical secures new global patents

VUZE Medical has received additional patents for its VUZE system in the US, Europe and China. Using proprietary image processing, the VUZE system is a...

Vertebral body tethering can help prevent fusion surgery of skeletally immature...

Vertebral body tethering (VBT) is a safe and efficacious technique in preventing skeletally immature idiopathic scoliosis patients from having fusion surgery, new research—published by...

CoreLink announces FDA clearance of Fusation 3D printed cervical anchor

CoreLink has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the addition of Fusation anchors to...

Waypoint Orthopedics appoints Andrew Iott to board of directors

Waypoint Orthopedics has appointed Andrew Iott, who has more than 20 years of experience in the medical device industry, to its board of directors. Iott has...

Quantitative computed tomography ‘should become gold standard’ for detecting spinal osteoporosis

Quantitative computed tomography (Q-CT) is a better alternative and should replace dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) as the gold standard for detecting spinal osteoporosis. This...

Why the Pulse platform is a “game-changer” for spine surgery

This advertorial is sponsored by NuVasive. The field of spine surgery has seen some major developments over the past few years, with new technological advances...

DiscGenics reveals positive interim data of cell therapy for degenerative disc...

DiscGenics has announced positive interim data from its ongoing phase 1/2 clinical trial of IDCT (rebonuputemcel), an allogeneic injectable discogenic cell therapy for degenerative...

Spinal News International’s top 10 most popular stories of February 2022

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion versus transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for treating those with isthmic spondylolisthesis was our top story in February, closely followed by...

4WEB Medical launches new hyperlordotic lateral implant range

4WEB Medical has announced the launch of an array of hyperlordotic lateral implants, utilising the firm’s proprietary Truss Implant Technology. Brad Prybis, an orthopidst at...

Underweight patients at greater risk of postoperative adverse events following stand-alone...

Patients who are underweight are more likely to experience postoperative adverse events following stand-alone anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) than those who have either...

VySpine and Oxford Performance Materials join forces to develop spinal implants

VySpine has entered into a partnership agreement with Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), enabling the pair to collaborate to develop spine fusion products using OPM’s...

Orthofix launches Opus BA for cervical and lumbar spine fusion

Orthofix has announced the full market launch of Opus BA, a synthetic bioactive bone graft solution for cervical and lumbar spine fusion procedures. Available in putty...

Cerapedics completes enrolment of pivotal IDE study for P-15L bone graft

Cerapedics has announced that it has completed enrolment of the ASPIRE study—a pivotal US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigational device exemption (IDE) study—which...

Research outlines transfusion guidelines for adult spine surgery

For adult spine surgery patients, red blood cell transfusion should be avoided if haemoglobin (Hb) numbers remain above 9g/dl in the intraoperative period and...

Theradaptive wins additional FDA breakthrough designation for spinal fusion implant

Theradaptive has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough medical device designation for its OsteoAdapt SP spinal fusion implant...

Neo Medical closes US$20.6M financing round

Neo Medical has announced the closure of a US$20.6M financing round, the proceeds of which will be used to support the accelerated commercial deployment, with...

Full-endoscopic transforaminal discectomy is “an effective alternative” to open microdiscectomy in...

Percutaneous transforaminal endoscopic discectomy (PTED) can be considered as an effective alternative to open microdiscectomy in treating sciatica. This is the key finding from...

Companion Spine raises US$55 million to further develop and market its...

Companion Spine has raised US$55 million in a Series A financing round, with the money going towards the development and commercialisation of its range...

First surgical procedures performed in the USA with the Jazz PF...

Implanet has announced that the first surgeries have been conducted in the USA with its Jazz PF tethering implant. Jazz PF is designed to allow...

SCS for postlaminectomy syndrome associated with minor reductions in opioid use,...

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for postlaminectomy syndrome (PLS) is associated with small, clinically questionable opioid discontinuation and a lower rate of new opioid use...

No proven benefit of non-invasive electrical stimulation as adjunct to fusion

Non-invasive electrical stimulation as an adjunct to fusion does not appear to offer any meaningful increase in fusion rate, although further and better quality...

AxioMed closes in on FDA approval of its lumbar viscoelastic total...

AxioMed has moved closer towards achieving US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its lumbar viscoelastic total disc replacement after submitting PMA Module...

ALIF offers superior outcomes to TLIF for the treatment of L5-S1...

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) generates greater segmental lordosis, regional lordosis, and restoration of disc height compared to transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) when treating isthmic...

Empirical Spine inches closer to LimiFlex US launch

Empirical Spine has recently achieved a number of clinical, reimbursement and regulatory milestones in the past 12 months that have helped move its LimiFlex...

Spinal News International’s top 10 most popular stories of January 2022

Research on artificial disc replacement following anterior decompression tops January's Top 10 Spinal News International articles. Also popular this month were findings on the...

Meta-analysis highlights benefits of reducing endotracheal tube cuff pressure following retractor...

Reducing endotracheal tube cuff pressure (ETTCP) following retractor placement in anterior cervical fusion surgery may be a protective measure to decrease the severity of...

SpineGuard files 510(k) dossier for clearance of its Threaded PediGuard for...

SpineGuard has announced the filing of its 510(k) regulatory dossier with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as it seeks authorisation to commercialise its...

VySpine announces FDA clearance for ClariVy cervical IBF system

VySpine has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ClariVy cervical interbody fusion (IBF)...

AO Spine launches new Guest Blog

AO Spine has unveiled its new Guest Blog, which aims to share knowledge and improve patient care by allowing clinicians, scientists, influencers, thought leaders, and...

Implanting standalone expandable cages following anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion is...

The use of a standalone expandable cage in the cervical spine after one or two-level anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) without additional posterior...

Bone Solutions launches injectable bone void filler

Bone Solutions has announced the commercial launch of Mg OSTEOINJECT, an injectable bone void filler which is designed to promote bone repair and regeneration...

SetBone Medical closes US$1.6 million financing round

SetBone Medical, a company that has developed a novel bone cement for the treatment of spinal vertebrae fractures and other orthopaedic procedures, has announced...

Medtronic announces FDA approval of spinal cord stimulation therapy for treating...

Medtronic has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its Intellis rechargeable neurostimulator and Vanta recharge-free neurostimulator for the treatment of chronic...

NGMedical appoints new president and general manager of its US business

NGMedical has announced the addition of Mitch White as president and general manager, a role in which he will lead all aspects of the...

Adult spinal deformity surgery associated with increased productivity and decreased work...

Adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery is associated with increased productivity and decreased absenteeism from both work and school. These are the key findings from...

Orthofix and nView medical announce partnership and investment agreement

Orthofix and nView medical have announced a partnership and investment agreement to jointly develop and co-market the nView systems with Orthofix cervical spine and...

Surgalign receives FDA clearance for AI-driven HOLO Portal system for spine...

Surgalign Holdings has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its HOLO Portal surgical guidance system for...

Risdiplam associated with significant improvements in motor function in type 2...

The use of once-daily risdiplamin in type 2 and non-ambulant type 3 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients leads to a significant improvement in motor...

Vast majority of scoliosis patients who develop a major neurological deficit...

Almost 90% of scoliosis patients who develop a major neurological deficit after corrective surgery either partially or completely recover within two years, a recent...

Amber Implants closes US$10milliom Series A financing round

Amber Implants has announced the successful closing of its US$10 million Series A financing round, the funds of which will be used to boost the company’s...

VUZE system gets US FDA 510(k) clearance

VUZE Medical has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its VUZE system—a software-only solution that overlays...

Whole spine MRI should be used to assess children with suspected...

Whole spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) rather than cervical spine MRI should be used in children with suspected abusive head trauma in order to...

FDA grants StimuLux system breakthrough device designation

Wavegate Corporation has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough device designation for its StimuLux optical reflectometry system for...

DTM spinal cord stimulation endurance therapy associated with meaningful pain relief...

Differential Target Multiplexed (DTM) spinal cord stimulation (SCS) endurance therapy provides meaningful pain relief according to three-month data from the DTM-LE trial—the findings of...

First implant in integrated spinal fusion and DRG neuromodulation proof-of-concept study

SynerFuse has announced the first implantation in the company's proof-of-concept study, which will evaluate the safety and tolerability of simultaneously implanting spinal fusion hardware and...

Inspan interspinous plate fixation device granted FDA clearance for fusion and...

Inspan LLC has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its interspinous plate fixation device to be used...

Nvision Biomedical Technologies and Watershed Idea Foundry launch first 3D-printed anterior...

Nvision Biomedical Technologies and Watershed Idea Foundry have received FDA clearance for what they say is the first-ever completely additive manufactured titanium anterior cervical plate, the Quantum...

Artificial disc replacement has no long-term benefit over fusion following anterior...

There is no clear benefit associated with artificial disc replacement (ADR) compared with fusion surgery when it comes to patient satisfaction, sustainability, and protection...

Orthofix appoints Thomas West to board of directors

Orthofix has announced that Thomas West has been appointed to the company’s board of directors as well as to its compensation and talent development...

VySpine bags FDA clearance for the VySpan posterior cervical thoracic system

VySpine has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the VySpan posterior cervical thoracic (PCT) system. The system features...

Spinal News International’s top 10 most popular stories of December 2021

A whole host of research, on topics ranging from sciatica surgery and spinal cord stimulation to vertebral augmentation and laminectomy plus instrumented fusion, dominated...

NuVasive announces expanded indications of use for Attrax Putty

NuVasive has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for expanded indications of use for Attrax Putty with its...

Proclaim XR spinal cord stimulation system gets expanded MRI compatibility boost

Abbott has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved new expanded magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatibility for its Proclaim XR spinal cord...

Postoperative neurological deficit linked to intraoperative somatosensory-evoked potential changes

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Patients who have postoperative neurological deficit following lumbar spine surgery are 22 times more likely to have exhibited intraoperative somatosensory-evoked potential (SSEP) changes. This...

Increased curve flexibility is ‘strongly associated’ with increased initial in-brace correction...

A recently published systematic literature review has suggested that increased curve flexibility is strongly associated with initial in-brace correction in patients with idiopathic scoliosis...

Camber Spine unveils new chief medical officer

Camber Spine has named Edward Vresilovic—a man with more than 36 years of experience in orthopaedic surgery—as its new chief medical officer. A board-certified orthopaedic...

Surgical treatment for degenerative cervical myelopathy is associated with long-term improvements...

Surgical treatment for degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) leads to a satisfactory improvement of functional outcome which is maintained out to 10 years, a recent...

Enrolment completed for Up-LIFT pivotal trial of ARC Therapy for spinal...

ONWARD has announced that it has completed enrolment in the Up-LIFT study, a pivotal trial that aims to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of...

Laminectomy plus instrumented fusion associated with higher costs and no superior...

Surgical treatment with instrumented fusion as an adjunct to laminectomy is not associated with superior long-term clinical outcomes compared with laminectomy alone for patients...

Longer-term data needed to fully assess potential superiority of minimally invasive...

There is no clear superiority between minimally invasive posterior cervical foraminotomy (MIS-PCF) and either anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) or cervical total disc...

Spire Orthopedic Partners recruits first chief marketing officer

Spire Orthopedic Partners has hired orthopaedic marketing executive Nicole Monsky as the company’s first chief marketing officer. “We are thrilled to welcome Nicole to our...

Vertebral augmentation surgeries demonstrate positive clinical outcomes for cancer-related spinal compression...

Vertebral augmentation surgeries—such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty—for the treatment of cancer-related spinal compression fractures are associated with statistically significant positive outcomes, particularly when compared to nonsurgical...

Over-the-arch technique is safe and feasible for C1 screw fixation in...

The over-the-arch (OTA) technique is a safe and feasible alternative for C1 screw fixation in patients in whom conventional techniques cannot be employed, according...

Effect on leg pain is biggest factor for patients considering sciatica...

The effect on leg pain is the most important factor for patients when it comes to deciding whether or not to undergo surgery for...

Premia Spine appoints three new board advisors ahead of TOPS system...

Premia Spine has announced the appointment of three new advisors—Stephen Hochschuler, Peter Wehrly and Nicholas Pachuda—to its board of directors. Bringing decades of clinical,...

New research highlights importance of early surgery for those with chronic...

Patients with chronic sciatica secondary to lumbar disc herniation who receive delayed surgery following prolonged, standardised non-operative care have inferior outcomes to those who...

Spinal News International’s top 10 most popular stories of November 2021

Research presented at the Global Spine Congress annual meeting (3–6 November 2021, Paris, France), a video on the effects of Covid-19 on spine care...

Passive recharge burst spinal cord stimulation provides sustainable improvements in pain...

Passive recharge burst spinal cord stimulation (B-SCS) can alleviate pain intensity, psychological distress, and improve physical function and health-related quality of life out to two years,...

Spine Wave launches Defender anterior cervical plate and Stronghold C 3D...

Spine Wave has announced the launch of both the Defender anterior cervical plate and the Stronghold C 3D titanium interbody device featuring TiCell 3D...

Philips expands global presence of augmented reality spine navigation solution

Philips has announced that the first patients have been successfully treated using its 3D augmented reality (AR) spine navigation solution, ClarifEye, at Sant Joan...

Low education and low income are “clear independent contributors” to poorer...

Low educational attainment and low income status are clear independent contributors to poorer outcomes following lumbar spine surgery, a new study, published in The...

CoreLink announces commercial launch of CentraFix midline fixation system

CoreLink has announced the commercial launch and 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its CentraFix midline fixation system—which features...

Initial use of spinal manipulative therapy reduces adverse drug event risk...

The use of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) as initial treatment of chronic low back pain (cLBP) in older patients is associated with a substantial...

Meta-analysis reveals key risk factors for postoperative urinary retention following spine...

Older age, male sex, benign prostatic hyperplasia, diabetes mellitus and a history of urinary tract infection are all risk factors for postoperative urinary retention...

First dualPortal endscopic spine procedure performed

Amplify Surgical has announced the completion of the first endoscopic spine procedure using its dualPortal solution—a novel two-portal endoscopic approach that the company says...

SeaSpine announces full commercial launch of the Admiral ACP system

SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of its Admiral ACP system—a spinal implant system which is designed to create a more efficient and...

New bone cutting technology from Surgify gets first surgical use

Finnish startup, Surgify, has announced that its bone cutting technology—which is designed to allow surgeons to perform operations on bones faster and safer—has been...

DePuy Synthes unveils next-generation power tool system for spine surgery

DePuy Synthes has launched its next-generation UNIUM power tool system which can be used in spine, thorax and small bone procedures. Funda Haine, worldwide vice...

Novoron Bioscience raises US$3 million to boost neuroregeneration therapy for spinal...

Novoron Bioscience has secured US$3 million in seed funding which will go towards advancing the development of its of neuroregeneration therapy for spinal cord...

Greater patient support needed to tackle persistent opioid usage following lumbar...

Patients who are either persistent opioid users, or are at risk of developing persistent opioid use, should be identified and offered counselling and support...

Precise blood pressure control may aid patient recovery from spinal cord...

High or low blood pressure in patients undergoing surgery to repair a spinal cord injury may contribute to poorer outcomes and maintaining an optimal...

Neuroplast secures €10 million in funding to boost clinical development of...

Neuroplast has raised a total of €10 million in a Series B funding round, the money of which will be used to obtain conditional...

Theradaptive’s Osteo-Adapt SP spinal fusion implant granted FDA breakthrough device designation

Theradaptive has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough medical device designation to its Osteo-Adapt SP Spinal Fusion implant...

Cortical bone trajectory technique shows “remarkable superiority” compared with traditional trajectory...

The use of the cortical bone trajectory (CBT) technique has not only shown similar intra-pedicular accuracy compared to traditional trajectory (TT) but also “remarkable...

Fewer surgical risks with robotic guidance than fluoroscopic guidance in adult...

Robotic guidance (RG) is associated with a lower risk of both surgical complications and revision surgery when compared with fluoroscopic guidance (FG) in adult...

Spineart announces IDE milestone and Australian partnership

Spineart has revealed that the 100th surgery has been performed in their combined single-level and two-level US investigational device exemption (IDE) clinical trials of...

New CPT add-on code accepted for second level of lumbar total...

In an effort to increase the availability of two-level lumbar total disc replacement (TDR) to individuals experiencing degeneration of the intervertebral discs, the American...

MedTech Insights: Covid-19 has “served as a catalyst” for a shift...

 Carlton Weatherby (Memphis, USA), vice president and general manager of spine and biologics at Medtronic, talks to Spinal News International about his own early...

Long-term outcomes for minimally invasive TLIF in elderly patients are comparable...

Elderly patients undergoing minimally invasive (MIS) transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) not only had similar perioperative outcomes compared to younger patients, but also achieved...

HSS scientist awarded $6 million in grants for disc degeneration and...

A scientist at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), Chitra Dahia (New York, USA) has received two National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants totalling $6 million for translational...

Spinal Elements announces first clinical use of the Lucent 3D lumbar...

Spinal Elements has announced that the first clinical cases using the Lucent 3D lumbar interbody system have been successfully completed. The first cases were...

Neuroplast announces successful clinical Phase I trial with Neuro-Cells stem cell...

Dutch biotech company, Neuroplast, and the Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos de Toledo in Spain have announced positive clinical Phase I results after analysis of ten patients...

HAPPE Spine raises US$3.35 million to launch new interbody spinal fusion...

HAPPE Spine has announced the closure of a US$3.35 million Series A funding round, the proceeds of which will be used to help launch...

Table-mounted retractors can improve operative efficiency without leading to inferior outcomes

With proper application, the use of a table-mounted retractor can help improve operative efficiency without leading to inferior outcomes in patients undergoing anterior cervical...

Minimally invasive spine surgery associated with significantly lower incidence of dural...

Minimally invasive spine surgery results in a significantly lower incidence of dural tear and complications when compared to open surgery in patients with degenerative...

Existing guidelines to change as research shows early surgical decompression following...

Surgical decompression within 24 hours of acute spinal cord injury (SCI) improves neurological recovery, and current guidelines on surgical management of SCI are being reviewed...

Premia Spine’s Tops spinal arthroplasty system yields positive patient outcomes

Intermediate clinical study results, which were presented at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) annual meeting (28–30 October, Las Vegas, USA) by...

Surgery is associated with a greater likelihood of neurologic recovery in...

Brian Goh (Boston, USA) speaks to Spinal News International about the results of a study that aimed to better understand the impact of surgical...

Erector spinae plane block is effective in reducing postoperative pain and...

Erector spinae plane block (ESPB) is effective in decreasing both postoperative pain intensity and postoperative opioid consumption after spine surgery, according to findings from...

Early surgical decompression is recommended for patients with foot drop in...

Early surgical decompression after foot drop is beneficial in terms of recovery rate and neurological improvement when compared with late surgery. This is according...

NeoSpine first to offer spinal cord stimulation for treatment of painful...

NeoSpine is now offering spinal cord stimulation (SCS) procedures for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) via its HFX system—a newly approved nondrug treatment...

SeaSpine announces limited commercial launch of Mariner MIS Wayfinder

SeaSpine has announced the limited commercial launch and completion of initial surgeries of the Mariner MIS Wayfinder—a novel, one-step, k-wireless screw delivery system for...

Bioventus looks to expand spinal reach with Misonix acquisition

Bioventus has completed the acquisition of Misonix—a provider of minimally invasive therapeutic ultrasonic technologies and regenerative medicines that are designed to enhance clinical outcomes—...

Study supports clinical effectiveness of STALIF C-Ti integrated interbody system

The STALIF C-Ti integrated cage-screw implant (Centinel Spine) has demonstrated statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvements in all available patient reported outcome scores out...

Subcutaneous intrathecal catheter provides reliable administration of nusinersen for SMA patients

For spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients with complex spine anatomy, the subcutaneous intrathecal catheter (SIC) allows for reliable outpatient administration of nusinersen that results...

Medtronic Canada unveils Mazor X, the first dedicated robotic spinal surgery...

Medtronic Canada has announced the commercial launch of the Mazor X system for robotic-guided spine surgery. The Mazor X platform offers a fully integrated...

Improved implants, patient selection and long-term data needed to assess true...

Anterior vertebral body tethering (AVBT) of skeletally immature patients is associated with satisfactory deformity correction in the majority of cases, new research has found....

CMS grants transitional pass-through payment for Carlsmed’s aprevo personalised interbody devices

Carlsmed has announced that the Centre for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted its aprevo personalised interbody devices a transitional pass-through (TPT) payment...

Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is associated with lower adjacent segment motion...

The choice of lumbar interbody fusion approach influences adjacent segment motion in a cadaveric model, according to new research published in the journal Spine,...

NuVasive launches latest porous PEEK implant for posterior spine surgery

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NuVasive has announced the launch of its Cohere TLIF-O implant as well as the upcoming launch later this year of the Cohere TLIF-A implant....

Eurospine 2021: Artificial intelligence can “accurately and reliably” detect thoracolumbar fractures...

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the capability to accurately and reliably detect thoracolumbar fractures on sagittal radiographs, according the findings from a retrospective study that...

Eurospine 2021: Transforaminal epidural steroid injection “should be first invasive treatment...

Transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI) should be considered as a first invasive treatment option, up to 12 months, for patients with sciatica secondary to...

Eurospine 2021: Surgery for adult spinal deformity is associated with long-term...

Research presented at the 2021 Eurospine annual meeting (6–8 October, Vienna, Austria) shows that there is strong evidence to suggest that surgery for adult...

Life Spine receives FDA 510(k) clearance for ProLift micro expandable spacer...

Life Spine receives approval from FDA
Life Spine has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the ProLift micro Expandable Spacer System. ProLift micro is designed...

ReVivo Medical raises $2 million for FDA-sanctioned clinical trial

ReVivo Medical has announced that it has raised $2 million which will allow it to complete the 500 surgical procedures of its clinical trial. Gary...

SpineGuard secures Brazilian clearance for DSG Connect products

SpineGuard has received clearance from ANVISA (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária), the government regulatory authority, for authorisation to sell its Dynamic Surgical Guidance (DSG) Connect products...

Amber Implants’ VCFix spinal system receives US FDA breakthrough device designation

Amber Implants has announced that its VCFix spinal system, which aims to improve the treatment of vertebral fractures, has been granted breakthrough device designation...

First commercial cases completed using Pulse platform

Michael Kachmann and Zachary Tempel from Mayfield Brain & Spine (Norwood, USA) and Paul Holman from Houston Methodist Hospital (Houston, USA) have successfully completed...

Efficacy of liposomal bupivacaine in spine surgery indicated but high quality...

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Liposomal bupivacaine (LB) may safely decrease postoperative opioid requirements, pain scores, and length of stay in patients undergoing spine surgery, but greater evidence is needed to...

Nexxt Spine announces commercial launch of the Nexxt Matrixx standalone cervical...

Nexxt Spine has announced the commercial launch of the Nexxt Matrixx cervical standalone system—a 3D laser printed titanium implant that features varying pore sizes...

Navigation in adult spinal deformity patients leads to an increased risk...

Use of navigation in patients undergoing surgery for adult spinal deformity (ASD) is associated with higher operative time and transfusion compared to conventional surgery, suggesting that navigation...

Spineology unveils “first-of-its-kind” Duo Ti expandable interbody fusion procedure

Spineology has unveiled its Duo Ti expandable interbody fusion procedure, which combines the company’s proprietary mesh technology with porous titanium in order to deliver a...

Joimax launches NAVENTO navigation endoscopic tower

Joimax has announced the global launch of its NAVENTO navigation endoscopic tower, which can be used for endoscopic spine surgery and includes settings that...

Precision Spine launches the Dakota ACDF standalone system

Precision Spine has announced the launch of the Dakota ACDF standalone system for the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD). The Dakota ACDF system features...

Camber Spine launches SPIRA-P and SPIRA-T implants for national distribution

Camber Spine has initiated the full US launch of its SPIRA-P posterior lumbar spacer and SPIRA-T oblique posterior lumbar spacer devices. News of launch comes...

Revision PCDF has lower risk of ICU stay but higher hospitalisation...

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Patients undergoing revision posterior cervical discectomy and fusion (PCDF) procedures had a decreased risk of required intensive care unit (ICU) stay but greater risk...

Patients experience improvement in pain during sexual activity at one year...

A large proportion of patients undergoing surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) experienced an improvement in pain during sexual activity at one year, according to the results of a...

ADVERTORIAL: BEE® cage implant optimises bone ingrowth and fusion while reducing subsidence

This advertorial is sponsored by NGMedical.  Pierce Nunley, director of the Spine Institute of Louisiana (Shreveport, USA) and associate professor at LSUHSC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, talks to Spinal News...

Biedermann Motech further expands MOSS VRS pedicle screw platform

Biedermann Motech has announced that its MOSS VRS pedicle screw platform is now available as a fully modular solution. The MOSS VRS system features Next Generation...

Joimax receives FDA clearance to market 3D-printed titanium cages in the...

Joimax has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the EndoLIF Delta-Cage and EndoLIF DoubleWedge-Cage—both of which are intended for intervertebral...

Intelivation Technologies receives FDA approval for Advantage-C PEEK cervical interbody fusion...

Intelivation Technologies has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the Advantage-C PEEK cervical interbody fusion device, which is designed to be...

Spinal Elements announces full commercial launch of Luna XD and Orbit...

Spinal Elements has announced the full commercial launch of the Luna XD multiexpandable lumbar interbody fusion device and Orbit articulating discectomy systems. Luna XD and Orbit...

PEEK-on-ceramic TDR is a ‘viable alternative’ to ACDF for single-level symptomatic...

Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)-on-ceramic total disc replacement (cTDR) is a viable treatment for symptoms related to cervical disc degeneration and offers similar or superior outcomes compared with fusion, according...

Study indicates increased prevalence of depression in patients with degenerative spine...

There is an increased prevalence of depression in patients with degenerative spine disease (DSD) and, considering the relationship between depression and poor surgical outcomes,...

Boston Scientific launches FAST—a new therapy for spinal cord stimulation

Boston Scientific has announced the European launch of FAST—a new fast-acting sub-perception therapy that the company says is clinically proven to demonstrate significant and...

Patient education and new technologies can help reduce unnecessary and costly...

In an effort to reduce unnecessary patient interactions and associated costs following lumbar surgery, providers should utilise virtual visits or new technologies to monitor patient's postoperative...

MiRus receives FDA clearance for IO Expandable Lumbar Interbody

MiRus has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its IO Expandable Lumbar Interbody, a device which...

New study demonstrates long-term efficacy of prodisc L total disc replacement

Centinel Spine has announced findings of a new study that it says strongly support the long-term safety and effectiveness of its prodisc L total disc replacement...

NuVasive announces new executive leadership roles

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NuVasive has announced new executive leadership roles, with the appointments designed to strengthen the firm’s innovation and go-to-market teams while furthering the company's growth. Massimo...

Intelivation Technologies receives FDA approval for its Golden Isles Pedicle Screw...

Intelivation Technologies has announced that the company has achieved US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its Golden Isles Pedicle Screw System. The Golden Isles...

OsteoCentric Technologies secures $30m funding

OsteoCentric Technologies has announced USD$30million in growth capital funding that it says will enable new product introductions which address implant instability as well as...

Intraoperative freehand erector spinae plane block is effective and can reduce...

Intraoperative freehand erector spinae plane block (ESPB) as part of multimodal analgaesia is effective and, for posterior instrumented patients with spondylolisthesis, it can relieve...

Arthroplasty and fusion offer similar results out to five years for...

Arthroplasty and fusion are comparable treatment options for cervical radiculopathy and have similar long-term efficacy, findings from a randomised controlled trial (RCT) have shown.   The data, which were...

Cycling accidents are the most common cause of sports-related traumatic spine...

Accidents involving cycling are by far the most common cause of sports-related traumatic spine injuries (TSIs) in the USA, according to new research published...

Auctus Surgical granted FDA breakthrough device designation for vertebral body tethering...

Auctus Surgical has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) breakthrough device designation for its vertebral body tethering (VBT) system, which the company says...

Stryker launches SurgiCount+ safety-sponge system

Stryker has announced the launch of SurgiCount+ safety-sponge system—its next-generation surgical sponge-counting technology. SurgiCount+ allows healthcare providers to count and scan sponges and connect to...

Decompression alone is non-inferior to decompression with instrumented fusion out to...

Spinal decompression alone is non-inferior to decompression with instrumented fusion over a period of two years in patients with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis, according to...

Spinal surgeons can share international expertise livestreaming from the procedure room

As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue, Daniel Sciubba (New York, USA), discusses how the ‘new normal’ of virtual communication has transformed medical...

Large-scale multicentre RCT needed to fully establish optimal surgical intervention for...

A large, high-quality, multicentre randomised controlled trial (RCT) is needed to determine the optimal surgical intervention for thoracolumbar burst fractures, according to new research. The...

Bioventus announces definitive agreement to acquire Misonix

Bioventus has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Misonix—a provider of minimally invasive therapeutic ultrasonic technologies and regenerative medicine. The...

Surgery for degenerative cervical myelopathy leads to “significant and clinically meaningful...

Surgery for degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) is associated with significant and clinically-relevant improvements across a wide range of patient-reported outcomes at one year, a...

Camber Spine receives FDA clearance for SPIRA-P and SPIRA-T lumbar spacer...

Camber Spine has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for both its SPIRA-P posterior lumbar spacer technology and SPIRA-T oblique posterior...

Orthofix announces first patient implant in the M6-C artificial cervical disc...

Orthofix has announced the first patient implant in a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigational device exemption (IDE) study that will evaluate the...

IZI Medical launches Vertefix HV Cement for vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty procedures

IZI Medical has officially launched Vertefix HV Cement, a product which aims to address the need for real-time flow visualisation during cement injection for...

NuVasive receives FDA clearance for Pulse platform and announces commercial launch

NuVasive has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for its Pulse platform, after receiving CE mark certification earlier...

Significant improvements in survival and developmental milestones for Type 1 SMA...

Symptomatic Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) infants treated with Evrysdi (risdiplam) showed significant improvements in survival, motor milestones, and motor function compared to...

MiRus raises US$65 million for expansion of Rhenium-based devices

MiRus has raised US$65 million in a new funding round that will help the firm grow its spinal and extremity portfolios and development of...

Seven-year IDE trial results show “prolonged and significant improvements” of activL...

Aesculap Implant Systems has announced the publication of seven-year results from a randomised controlled investigational device exemption (IDE) trial for lumbar artificial discs in...

Activity-based rehabilitation interventions are ‘effective in improving function’ in patients with...

Activity-based rehabilitation interventions, including transcranial magnetic stimulation, functional electrical stimulation, and robotic-assisted treadmill training are effective in improving function in patients with spinal cord...

IU School of Medicine researchers discover new potential for functional recovery...

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis, USA) have announced the successful reprogramming of a glial cell type in the central nervous system...

Lineage set for clinical testing with OPC transplant therapy for spinal...

Biotechnology outfit Lineage Cell Therapeutics has announced that it will return to clinical testing with its investigational allogeneic oligodendrocyte progenitor cell (OPC) transplant therapy...

University of Louisville and Medtronic team up to develop epidural stimulation...

A collaborative effort between the University of Louisville and Medtronic to apply epidural stimulation therapy to those with spinal cord injury has been given...

High BMI has ‘no significant effect’ on outcomes following minimally invasive...

A high body mass index (BMI) has no significant bearing on functional and clinical outcomes for patients treated by minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody...

SeaSpine announces FDA clearance of 7D Surgical Percutaneous Spine Module

SeaSpine has announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance of its 7D Percutaneous Spine Module for minimally invasive surgery (MIS). This represents a new...

ReVivo Medical announces two new spine experts to its Board Of...

ReVivo Medical has announced that two spinal and orthopaedic experts are joining its Board of Advisors as the company get ready to recruit for...

ZygoFix receives CE mark for its zLOCK spinal fusion system

ZygoFix has obtained CE mark for its minimally invasive screwless spinal fusion system, called zLOCK, for the treatment of chronic back pain. ZygoFix completed the certification...

NuVasive receives CE Mark for Pulse platform and begins global clinical...

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NuVasive has revealed that its Pulse platform received CE Mark approval for its latest design update and clinical evaluations are now underway in multiple...

New ultra-thin Inflatable spinal implants could help treat severe pain

A team of engineers and clinicians at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK) have developed an ultra-thin, inflatable spinal device that can be used...

joimax launches latest iteration of Shrill Shaver Drill System

joimax has announced the global launch of its new generation of Shrill Shaver Drill System — a device which is used to remove soft...

Top spine surgeons release patient guide for artificial disc replacement

Those with back and neck problems can now download a free 20-page patient guide that outlines in detail when a person should consider artificial...

Single-level interspinous implant has inferior patient outcomes compared to single-level laminectomy,...

A single-level titanium interspinous device is associated with inferior patient outcomes when compared to laminectomy alone, a new retrospective study published in the journal Spine has shown.  The study, which was...

Evrysdi approved in Japan for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy

PTC Therapeutics has announced that Evrysdi (risdiplam) has been approved in Japan by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for the treatment of spinal...

Benefits of bioresorbable polymer scaffold ‘outweigh the risks’ in patients with...

The potential benefits of a novel bioresorbable polymer scaffold in patients with complete thoracic spinal cord injury outweigh the risks, but further clinical investigation...

CoreLink announces FDA clearance for F3D Corpectomy Vertebral Body Replacement System

CoreLink has announced the commercial launch and 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its F3D Corpectomy Vertebral Body Replacement (VBR)...

Spino Modulation granted FDA breakthrough device designation for MIScoli vertebral body...

Spino Modulation, a subsidiary of Spinologics, has been granted breakthrough device designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its MIScoli system,...

ONWARD receives breakthrough device designation for ARC-IM platform

ONWARD has announced the that it has received breakthrough device designation status from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their ARC-IM platform...

Ultrasonic bone scalpel ‘does not reduce blood loss’ during posterior spinal...

Ultrasonic bone scalpel (USBS) does not reduce blood loss during posterior spinal fusion (PSF) in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), a randomised controlled trial...

Severity of thoracic intervertebral disc degeneration increases with age

The severity of thoracic intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration and the number of degenerated levels increase with age, according to a new study published in...

Neo Medical lands FDA approval and CE certification for Pedicle Screw...

Neo Medical has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the use of its Pedicle Screw System in late stage tumour...

Gabapentin prevents harmful structural changes in injured spinal cord of mice

The widely prescribed pain-relief drug gabapentin can prevent harmful structural changes in the injured spinal cords of mice, and also block cardiovascular changes and...

AO Foundation rolls out AO Global Data spine sub-registries

AO Foundation has announced the launch of a variety of spine-specific protocols as part of its large-scale novel multinational registry, AO Global Data. AO Spine...

Majority of paediatric spinal fractures related to not wearing seatbelts

Two thirds of all paediatric spinal fractures that occur in the US are related to people not wearing seatbelts, according to a recent study...

Medtronic bags FDA approval for Vanta implantable neurostimulator

Medtronic has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Vanta device—a recharge-free implantable neurostimulator (INS) with a device life that Medtronic...

Empirical Spine closes US$10 Million Series B financing round

Empirical Spine has announced the closing of a US$10 million Series B financing round, the funds of which will be used to advance its...

Spectrum Spine acquires unique surface technology for spinal trauma

Spectrum Spine has acquired what it describes as a highly unique and proprietary surface technology for spinal trauma, called BIOBraille, and has begun operations...

Medtronic receives FDA clearance for patient-specific UNiD Rods

Medtronic has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of patient-specific UNiD Rods for use with its CD Horizon...

Orthofix renews sponsorship of Olympic gold medalist and spine patient Laura...

Orthofix Medical has announced that it will continue its sponsorship of Olympic gold medalist and spine patient Laura Wilkinson as she undertakes her quest...

United Spinal Association acquires AbleThrive to better support those with spinal...

United Spinal Association has acquired online platform, AbleThrive, in a move designed to ensure people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) have greater...

Spinal Stabilization Technologies receives CE Mark and FDA breakthrough designation for...

Spinal Stabilization Technologies (SST) has announced that it has earned the CE Mark and the FDA's breakthrough designation for its PerQdisc™ Nucleus Replacement System...

ChoiceSpine announces FDA clearance and clinical use of Blackhawk Ti cervical...

ChoiceSpine has announced that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Blackhawk Ti cervical spacer system. According...

CUREXO expands global reach after its spinal surgery robot acquires FDA...

South Korean medical robotics company CUREXO has announced that its spinal surgery robot, CUVIS-spine, has now acquired US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensing. This...

WaveWriter Alpha Spinal Cord Stimulator System wins Best Overall Medical Device...

The WaveWriter Alpha Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System (Boston Scientific) has been named Best Overall Medical Device Solution at the fifth annual MedTech Breakthrough...

New study demonstrates mild® procedure durability at five years

Vertos Medical has released the results of an independent, retrospective cohort study which found that 88% of lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) patients avoided surgical...

Cannabis use disorder linked to increased complications after spinal surgery

The diagnosis of cannabis use disorder for patients undergoing spinal surgery is associated with higher complication rates, including substantially increased risks of stroke and respiratory complications, according...

ISASS 2021: Positive results out to four years reported for M6-C...

Orthofix Medical has announced preliminary three- and four-year functional outcomes from the M6-C artificial cervical disc single-level investigational device exemption (IDE) study which has shown that the...

First patient enrolled in RCT comparing novel radiofrequency ablation device to...

Stratus Medical and the University of Kansas Medical Center have announced that the first patient has been enrolled in the EMERALD study–a level I, prospective,...

UC San Diego Health ‘first in region’ to utilise augmented reality...

Spine surgeons at UC San Diego Health (San Diego, USA) have begun using augmented reality (AR) headsets that give them 'X-ray vision' during procedures...

American Spine Registry expands sponsors with Medtronic addition

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have announced that Medtronic has become the latest industry...

Life Spine completes first surgical cases with TRULIFT Expandable Spacer System

Life Spine receives approval from FDA
Life Spine has announced the completion of the first surgeries with the TRULIFT Expandable Spacer System–a micro-invasive technology for use in transforaminal lumbar interbody...

4WEB Medical unveils new Lumbar Spine Plating Solution

4WEB Medical has announced the initial launch of its Lumbar Spine Plating Solution (LSTS-PS), with the first procedures performed by James Lynch, neurosurgeon and...

Metal-on-metal artificial discs in two-level ACDR result in superior clinical outcome...

The use of metal-on-metal (MoM) artificial discs in two-level anterior cervical disc replacement (ACDR) results in superior patient-reported clinical outcome scores compared to metal-on-plastic (MoP) artificial discs, a meta-analysis recently published...

Medtronic launches spinal cord stimulation therapy mobile app

Medtronic has announced the launch of CareGuidePro, a new mobile application and web portal that serves as a virtual guide for patients throughout their...

EDGe Surgical granted US patent for next-generation Awl-in-One Tap

EDGe Surgical has been granted a US patent for its next-generation Awl-in-One Tap device–a single-use spinal surgery instrument with disposable neuromonitoring electromyography (EMG) system...

The cost of spinal cord injury in low- and middle-income countries

Roger Härtl (New York, USA) discusses his research into traumatic spinal and spinal cord injuries in East African countries, looking specifically at which treatments...

Cerapedics granted breakthrough device designation for P-15L bone graft

Cerapedics has announced that it has been granted breakthrough device designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its investigational P-15L bone...

First clinical cases with V-Strut spinal vertebral implant

Hyprevention has announced the first clinical cases performed in the USA with its V-Strut vertebral implant product to treat vertebral fractures. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared V-Strut vertebral implant is indicated for use in...

Spinal cord injury patient regains ability to walk following electrical and...

The use of electrical and magnetic stimulation simultaneously has shown promising results and even helped a spinal cord injury patient regain the ability to walk.   The simultaneous stimulation...

New framework prioritising paediatric spine surgeries amid COVID-19 published

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As hospitals begin to resume elective procedures, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have outlined a framework for prioritising paediatric spine surgeries during the...

Zavation launches Z-Span expandable anterior and lateral lumbar plates

  Zavation Medical Products has announced the launch of both the Z-Span Expandable Anterior Lumbar Plate and the Z-Span Expandable Lateral Lumbar Plate, plates designed...