Katie Hignett

617 POSTS 0 COMMENTS

Flexible battery could revolutionise implanted devices

Experts at Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK, have designed a flexible battery that could provide an alternative to the rigid batteries that usually power...

US FDA approves Medtronic’s Intellis spinal cord stimulation device

Metronic Intellis
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Medtronic’s Intellis spinal cord stimulator. The company has now launched the product in the USA for...

Carevature’s Dreal lumbar decompression system shows enhanced foraminotomy efficiency

Carevature logo
Carevature has announced positive preliminary clinical results for its Dreal spinal decompression and bone removal system. The data were given in an oral presentation...

K2M launches Everest minimally invasive XTower instrumentation

K2M logo
K2M has announced the global launch of the Everest Minimally Invasive (MI) XTower instrumentation—an enhancement to the Everest MI XT spinal system. The announcement...

US FDA clears Spinal Resources’s Swedge pedicle screw system

Spinal Resources has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Swedge pedicle screw system. This system offers multiple features including...

Jason Hannon to replace Peter Crosby as Mainstay chief executive officer

Jason Hannon
Jason Hannon has been announced as successor to Peter Crosby as chief executive officer of Mainstay Medical. The transition will come into effect on...

NuVasive announces market launch of LessRay

NuVasive has launched the LessRay software technology system commercially. Comprised of a propriety software algorithm and hardware components, it is designed to help address...

Two-year results show statistical superiority of Cerapedics’ I-Factor to autograft in...

Cerapedics has announced the publication of two-year follow-up data from a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical trial of...

NuVasive acquires Vertera Spine

Nuvasive acquires Vertera Spine
NuVasive has announced the company's acquisition of Vertera Spine, a privately-held medical device company developing and commercialising interbody implants for spinal fusion using patented...

NuVasive to open innovation centre in San Diego, USA

NuVasive headquarter expansion plans innovation center
NuVasive has announced the expansion of its San Diego global headquarters, including the creation of an innovation centre of excellence. Surgeons from around the...

Joimax opens first Training and Education Center

Joimax has announced the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art Training and Education Center in Irvine, USA. The company will be holding its first...

First cases using multiple in-situ expansion methods performed with Life Spine’s...

The first cases have been performed with multiple methods of in-situ expansion using Life Spine’s product range. “Surgical intervention for the degenerative spine is a...

InVivo halts enrolment in cervical study of neuro-spinal scaffold, lays off...

InVivo Therapeutics is to cease enrolment in its recently-announced cervical study of the company’s Neuro-spinal scaffold. The company has also halted its chronic spinal...

US FDA clears Xtant Medical’s new Calix-C cervical interbody footprints

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Xtant Medical’s product line extensions for the Calix-C family of cervical interbody cages. The clearance...

Spine Wave to launch Proficient posterior cervical spine system

Spine Wave is to launch the Proficient posterior cervical spine system. This marks the company’s entrance into the posterior cervical fixation market. A full launch...

US FDA clears Globus Medical’s Excelsius GPS robotic system

The Excelsius GPS robotic guidance and navigation system from Globus Medical has been 510(k) cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The robotic...

Expanding Orthopedics Inc receives two more US patents

Expanding Orthopedics Inc (EOI), a medical device company focused on developing and commercialising expandable devices for spinal surgery, has been granted two additional patents...

Minimus Spine Triojection abstract chosen as “Featured Paper” at CIRSE 2017

An abstract offering an update on Minimus Spine’s ozone gas injection treatment for painful disc herniation has been recognised as a Cardiovascular and Interventional...

US FDA grants clearance to Renovis for Tesera 3D-printed interbody fusion...

Renovis Surgical Technologies has announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market posterior lumbar Tesera porous...

New MRI tool offers improved method of imaging degeneration

For the past 30 years, the “conventional” T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been broadly used to diagnose low back pain. However, this is...

Stark increase in opioid-related admissions, deaths in US ICUs

Since 2009, hospital intensive care units (ICUs) in the USA have witnessed a stark increase in opioid-related admissions and deaths. This is a finding...

Capture the Asian market with NASS’s expert-led workshops

The Asia Pacific spine surgery device market is booming, with MicroMonitor predicting it to grow to US$2,223.1 million by 2019—a compound annual growth rate...

Counting down to the largest event in spine

NASS Annual Meeting Exhibition
The biggest event in the spinal calendar, this year’s North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting, is fast approaching. The meeting (25–28 October; Orlando,...

US FDA clears Stryker’s Serrato pedicle screw

Stryker’s Spine division has announced that its Serrato pedicle screw, intended for use in the non-cervical spine as part of the company’s Xia 3...

Rajesh J Asarpota appointed as Nuvasive’s chief financial officer

NuVasive has announced the appointment of Rajesh (Raj) J Asarpota as the company's new executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective September...

Camber Spine launches Spira open matrix ALIF device

Camber Spine Technologies has launched its Open Matrix ALIF device in the USA following the receipt of 510(k) clearance from the US Food and...

Noel Fitzpatrick: Clinicians should be at the forefront of research

Noel Fitzpatrick
Spinal News International caught up with pioneering veterinary surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick (Guildford, UK) at NSpine 2017. A developer of numerous spinal and orthopaedic procedures...

US FDA clears Stimwave’s full-body MRI-ready wireless peripheral nerve stimulator

Stimwave has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the first wireless, micro-technology neuromodulation device that can enable ongoing full-body MRI...

Bioventus announces new executive appointments

Bioventus has announced two changes to its executive leadership team. Greg Anglum has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer. Anthony...

Australian regulatory body approves Providence’s DTRAX line

Providence Medical Technology, a developer of cervical spine technology, has received regulatory approval from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for its DTRAX line...

K2M acquires exclusive license to expandable spinal implant patents

K2M logo
K2M has acquired the exclusive license to a portfolio of 17 issued and pending patents for expandable interbody technology. K2M has also announced its intent...

Intralink-Spine’s Réjuve system effective at 12 months

Based on 12-month follow-up clinical data from its safety and feasibility study, Intralink-Spine has reported that the company’s Réjuve system has continued to effectively...

Two new patients convert in Invivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE trial

Invivo Therapeutics has provided an update on the progress of the company’s INSPIRE study (Invivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for...

ApiFix spinal implant receives Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration certification

ApiFix has received Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration certification through its distributor, Orthotech. The ApiFix system will now be marketed in Australia for the treatment and...

Camber Spine exceeds 150th Enza ALIF implantation

Camber Spine Technologies has exceeded 150 implantations of the Enza zero-profile anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) device launched last July. “We have been doing anterior...

AlloSource releases AlloFuse line extension

AlloSource has announced the release of AlloFuse Select CM, a premium addition to the company's AlloFuse portfolio. AlloFuse Select CM combines osteoconductive, osteoinductive, and osteogenic...

Globus Medical acquires robotics developer KB Medical

Globus Medical’s acquisition of KB Medical, a robotic developer based in Lausanne, Switzerland, has closed during the second quarter of 2017. KB Medical’s AQrate robotic...

First clinical use of Life Spine’s TiBow expandable spacer system

Life Spine has announced the first clinical uses of its TiBow minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) expandable spacer system featuring Osseo-Loc surface...

World-first minimally-invasive spine surgery performed using Medicrea’s patient-specific implants

Medicrea has announced that the world’s first minimally-invasive spine surgery using patient-specific implants has been performed by Christopher J Kleck at the University of...

First US surgeries performed using 4WEB Medical’s Lateral Spine Truss system

The first surgeries using 4WEB Medical’s Lateral Spine Truss system have been performed across the USA. The lateral interbody fusion device is designed to...

Mainstay Medical’s ReActiv8 clinical trial passes enrolment mid-point

Over half the required number of implants in Mainstay Medical’s ReActiv8-B clinical trial have been performed. The clinical trial is investigating the company’s novel...

New surgical strategy offers hope for repairing spinal injuries

Recently, scientists in the UK and Sweden developed a surgical technique to reconnect sensory neurons to the spinal cord after traumatic spinal injuries. They...

US FDA clears Vertera Spine’s porous PEEK Coalesce LIF device

Vertera Spine has announced that the company’s Coalesce lumbar interbody fusion device has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for use...

US Food and Drug Administration clears CTL Medical’s Matisse ACIF cage

CTL Medical has secured US Food and Drug (FDA) clearance to market its new Matisse titanium anterior cervical interbody fusion (ACIF) cage implant with...

French doctors outline response to attacks in Paris and Nice

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice, French experts outline the country’s medical response to terrorism in The Lancet. By drawing on expertise from...

Richard Grant to advise Spinal Simplicity

Richard Grant has agreed to serve as an advisor to Spinal Simplicity, and will join the company’s Board of Managers. Spinal Simplicity produce the Minuteman...

ReNetX Bio launched to investigate neuro-regenerative technology

ReNetX Bio has been launched as a new company aiming to develop the neuro-restorative Nogo Receptor platform technology developed at Yale University, New Haven,...

SpinalCyte granted new Japanese patent

SpinalCyte, a Texas-based tissue engineering technology company focused on regrowth of the spinal disc nucleus using human dermal fibroblasts, has been issued a new...

Premia Spine begins Tops system US FDA IDE study

Premia Spine has launched US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pivotal study of an updated version of its Tops system. According to chief executive...

EIT receives US FDA 510(k) approval for entire 3D-printed cage portfolio

Emerging Implant Technologies (EIT) has received full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commercialise its spinal interbody product offerings for...

ApiFix closes Spanish distribution deal

ApiFix has agreed an exclusive distribution deal in Spain with Acuna-Fombona, an Iberian distribution company. ApiFix has developed a minimally invasive, non-fusion spinal implant...

Medovex’ Denervex used in first human cases

The first human cases using Medovex’ Denervex rotacapsulation for the treatment of facet joint syndrome have taken place in Manchester, UK. The DenerveX system—which recently...

Simplify Medical closes US$21 million for two ongoing pivotal trials

Simplify Medical, maker of the Simplify cervical artificial disc, has closed Series B financing of US$21 million. The new funds will be used to...

Philip Breedon: Co-robotics, telerobotics and the innovative Scolibot system

Philip Breedon, professor of Smart Technologies at Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham, UK), takes Spinal News International through the latest developments in co-robotics and telerobotics,...

Max Aebi: Online learning will “fundamentally” change spinal education

Spinal News International caught up with Max Aebi (Bern, Switzerland), executive chairman of eccElearning, at NSpine 2017. He discusses the ways that online learning...

Dennis Cirino: Achieving alignment beyond preoperative planning

Dennis Cirino, NuVasive's vice president of Computer-Asissted surgery, spoke to Spinal News International at NSpine 2017 about the importance of alignment in both deformity...

Bronek Boszczyk: Bringing together experts, innovators and industry

Spinal News International catches up with Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK), NSpine's director and course chairman, at this year's Main Conference. He talks about the...

Vikas Kapoor: Innovations in radiofrequency ablation and cell biology for the...

At NSpine 2017, Vikas Kapoor (Stockport, UK) talked to Spinal News International about treatment options for facet joint pain. He discusses the potential benefits...

Sonny Bal: Antimicrobial silicon nitride is an “ideal” substance for fusion...

Sonny Bal, president and chief executive officer of Amedica, spoke to Spinal News International at NSpine 2017 about the potential benefits of silicon nitride...

Todd Wetzel: The importance of advocacy, education and international collaboration

Spinal News International caught up with Todd Wetzel (Philadelphia, USA), the current president of the North American Spine Society (NASS) at NSpine 2017. He...

Dominique Rothenfluh: “We need to understand how the whole spine behaves”

Dominique Rothenfluh (Oxford, UK) discusses the importance of considering alignment in spinal surgery at NSpine 2017. The alignment of the entire spine, he explains,...

Behrooz Akbarnia: “A game-changer for early onset scoliosis”

Spinal News International caught up with with Behrooz Akbarnia (La Jolla, USA) at NSpine 2017 (12–15 July; London, UK) to talk about the challenges...

Positive pain relief and function results for Amniox Clarix 100 in...

The results of a clinical study on the efficacy of Amniox’ Clarix 100 cryopreserved amniotic membrane in lumbar microdiscectomy surgery have demonstrated greater improvements...

EOS Imaging appoints Pierre Schwich as chief financial officer

Pierre Schwich has been appointed chief financial officer of EOS Imaging, effective immediately. Marie Meynadier, chief executive officer of EOS imaging, says, “We are pleased...

David Dvorak resigns as Zimmer Biomet president and chief executive officer

David C Dvorak has stepped down as Zimmer Biomet’s president, chief executive officer and member of the Board of Directors after 10 years at...

US FDA clears Prosidyan Fibergraft bone graft putty for posterolateral spinal...

Prosidyan, a developer of proprietary fibre-based bioactive glass products, has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Fibergraft bone graft...

K2M and Medicalnext sign exclusive distribution agreement for Japan

K2M logo
K2M and the Mitsubishi subsidiary Medicalnext have signed a long-term, exclusive distribution agreement. MedicalNext will supply the Japanese market with K2M’s spinal products. The terms...

Positive pre-clinical results for Scholar Rock’s SRK-015 therapy in spinal cord...

Data presented at the 35th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium (Neurotrauma 2017; 9–12 July, Snowbird, USA) have demonstrated beneficial effects for SRK-015 antibody therapy (Scholar...

SeaSpine releases Skipjack expandable interbody system

SeaSpine has announced the limited commercial launch of the Skipjack expandable interbody system. The first cases using the device, a press release reports, have...

Michael Enxing appointed Vertiflex vice president, chief commercial officer

Michael Enxing has been appointed as vice president and chief commercial officer of Vertiflex. Enxing will be responsible for leading the company’s sales, marketing,...

Jason Blain promoted to president and chief operating officer of Spinal...

Spinal Elements has appointed Jason Blain to the position of president and chief operating officer. In this new position, he will have responsibility for...

Xenco Medical launches disposable ASC Cervikit across the USA

Xenco Medical has announced the nationwide expansion of the ASC CerviKit, the compact delivery and storage platform for the company’s entirely disposable anterior cervical...

SeaSpine launches Mariner posterior fixation system

SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of the company’s Mariner posterior fixation system. Mariner is a pedicle-based system featuring modular screw technology and accompanying...

US FDA clears Stryker’s Multigen 2 radiofrequency generator

Stryker has received US Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for its MultiGen 2 radiofrequency (RF) generator. This product is designed to provide physicians...

World-first Microsoft HoloLens augmented-reality discectomy takes place in USA

Novarad’s OpenSight augmented reality system has been used in what the company believes may be the first surgical use of Microsoft’s HoloLens. An automated...

Emerging technologies, education and evidence in the spinal world

In a market booming with new technologies and therapies, spinal surgeons are spoilt for choice when it comes to implants and other devices. Stryker’s...

Expanding Orthopaedics receives CE mark for expandable FLXfit 15 cage with...

Expanding Orthopedics has been granted CE mark for the FLXfit 15 expandable cage. The FLXfit 15 can expand up to 4mm and is designed...

First UK centre joins Invivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study

James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, UK,  has been added as the country’s first clinical site for Invivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of...

CTL Medical to partner with G-21 biomaterials company

CTL Medical has reached a national partnership agreement with G-21, an Italian-based biomaterials company. As a result, CTL Medical will now co-market G-21’s bone...

Researchers trace the history behind JFK’s four spine surgeries

US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK)—the second-youngest man to hold the position in history—is not known for his ill-health. However, the president was faced...

Stéphane Bette to take over from Pierre Jerome as SpineGuard chief...

SpineGuard has appointed Stéphane Bette, co-founder, chief technical officer and US general manager, as chief executive officer of the company effective 13 July. Pierre Jérôme,...

Medacta introduces MectaLIF Anterior Hybrid configuration

Medacta International has introduced the MectaLIF Anterior Hybrid interbody fusion device, which was cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February...

Study details key concerns for looking after the spines of elite...

Nearly one in three competitive athletes experiences low back pain. According to a literature review in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic...

K2M receives USA FDA clearance and CE mark for Nile Proximal...

K2M has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE marking for its Nile Proximal Fixation spinal system, a...

European consortium to develop innovative implants by electrospinning

A European transnational consortium led by Maastricht University (UM), Maastricht, The Netherlands, is to spend the next four years developing innovative bone implants, intended...

Life Spine’s Prolift and Tibow spacers receive Osseo-Loc titanium surface treatment

Life Spine has announced the full commercial launch of two additions to the Osseo-Loc spinal implant range. The company’s ProLift expandable posterior/transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion...

Radiofrequency denervation fails to provide clinically important chronic low back pain...

In three randomised trials, treatment of chronic low back pain (CLBP) with radiofrequency denervation resulted in either no improvement or no clinically important improvement...

SpineGuard to expand DSG applications with dental implantology licensing deal

SpineGuard have announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Adin Dental Implant Systems for the use of the company’s Dynamic Surgical Guidance (DSG) technology in...

UK hospital failed to act lawfully when sharing patient data with...

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found that the Royal Free National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust (London, UK) did not adhere to...

ChoiceSpine launches biologics portfolio

ChoiceSpine has launched a new biologics portfolio at its National Sales Meeting in Nashville, USA. The Biologics product portfolio is marketed under two brands named...

EUROSPINE forgoes delegate bags and paper programmes to improve green credentials

EUROSPINE has announced that, from 2017’s meeting (11–­13 October; Dublin, Ireland), the organisation will no longer print paper copies of the final programme, or...

DePuy Synthes launches Viper and Expedium fenestrated screw systems in the...

DePuy Synthes has announced the US launch of the Viper and Expedium fenestrated screw systems. When used in conjunction with the company’s Confidence high-viscosity...

K2M releases Capri Small 3D Static corpectomy cage system

K2M logo
K2M’s Capri Small 3D Static corpectomy cage system has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Capri Small 3D Static...

US FDA clears Meditech’s Cure lumbar plating system

Meditech Spine has received 510(k) clearance for its Cure lumbar plating (LP) system from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The system is...

UCHealth Memorial Hospital new site for InVivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study

InVivo Therapeutics hasannounced that the UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, USA has been added as a clinical site for the INSPIRE study (InVivo...

DePuy Synthes acquires nerve localisation company Sentio

DePuy Synthes has acquired Innovative Surgical Solutions, doing business as Sentio; a privately-held company based in Wixom, USA, that markets nerve localisation technology for...

US FDA clears Spineology’s Rampart One anterior lumbar interbody fusion system

The US Food Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Spineology’s Rampart One anterior lumbar interbody fusion system. Rampart One is designed to minimise the exposure and...

Two InVivo Therapeutics INSPIRE patients convert AIS grade

InVivo Therapeutics has announced that two patients in the INSPIRE study of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold have improved from sensory incomplete AIS B spinal cord...

New patient enrolled in InVivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study

InVivo Therapeutics has announced that a new patient has been enrolled into the INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold...

Additive manufacturing has “changed the trajectory of the medical device industry”

Thomas Mosnier, chief scientific officer of Medicrea—manufacturer of personalised devices such as the UNiD Rod for scoliosis treatment—talks to Spinal News International about the...

Autologous stem cell injections for degenerated discs well-tolerated in dogs

Slipped discs are the most common reason for attending a doctor’s appointment in Switzerland. Whilst surgery can address the pain associated with herniation, the...

Patents filed for use of immune cell-stimulated angiogenesis as low back...

Creative Medical Technology has announced the filing of intellectual property covering data supporting the use of immune system cells for stimulation of perispinal angiogenesis...

One hundred times less BMP-2 required for fusion using glycopeptide nanostructures

Northwestern University (Evanston, USA) scientists have designed a sugar-coated bioactive nanomaterial—sulfated glycopeptide nanostructures—that could prove to offer a new gold standard for bone regeneration. “Regenerative...

Spinal News International Issue 43 – May 2017

Highlights: - Porous PEEK demonstrates greater osseintegration than micro-textured titanium - SMART trial shows nerve ablation “well-tolerated and effective” - Janice Werbinski and Kim Templeton: The criticality of gender specific medicine in spine health - Feature:...

Zyga receives new US patent for SImmetry sacroiliac joint fusion system

The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a new patent relating to Zyga SImmetry’s Decorticator, an instrument which is designed to allow surgeons...

K2M releases Mojave PL 3D first-to-market expandable interbody system

K2M’s Mojave posterior lumbar (PL) 3D expandable interbody system has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to a...

Keith DK Luk

Keith KD Luk converted his childhood love of handiwork into a medical degree and numerous fellowships, eventually specialising in spinal surgery. Over his career,...

“Alarmingly high” number of interpretive errors and inconsistencies in MRI examinations

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results play a crucial role in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as the decisions of insurance companies and other...

Implanet announces the commercial launch of the new Jazz Braid in...

Implanet has obtained marketing clearance from the US and European regulatory authorities to market its new Jazz Braid. The new Jazz Braid is an updated...

SpineGuard signs exclusive Chinese distribution agreement for PediGuard

SpineGuard has reached an exclusive distribution agreement with XinRong Medical Group for PediGuard in China, Hong Kong and Macau. China’s spine market has become the...

Yoga as effective as physical therapy for chronic low back pain

Chronic low back pain affects approximately 10% of US adults and has a greater impact on racial or ethnic minorities and in people of...

New patient enrolled in InVivo Therapeutics INSPIRE study

A new patient has been enrolled into InVivo Therapeutics' INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic...

US FDA clears Medicrea’s UNID Hub Adaptive Spine Intelligence digital portal

Medicrea has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for UNID Hub, a data-driven digital portal for the company’s Adaptive...

UK public health groups launch “Everyday Interactions” toolkit to measure professionals’...

Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) have published “Everyday Interactions”, a report which aims to support healthcare professionals...

K2M introduces Sahara AL expandable stabilisation system

K2M has launched the Sahara AL expandable stabilisation system, the company's first expandable product within its interbody portfolio. Sahara AL is the only lordotic...

Informative biomarkers for tracking SMN-modulating spinal muscular atrophy therapies remain elusive

As promising new therapies such as those directly targeting survivor motor neuron (SMN) are entering clinical trials for infants, children, and adults with SMA,...

Meditech Spine lumbar fusion devices receive US FDA clearance

Meditech has announced the launch of its Talos lumbar interbody fusion device comprised of PEEK hydroxyapatite (PEEK-Optima HA Enhanced, Invibio Biomaterial Solutions)—the newest generation...

Neurostimulation protocol reduces spasticity in spinal cord injury

Spasticity is a common disorder experienced by patients with spinal cord injuries (SCI). Previous studies have shown that excitatory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)...

US CMS issues new code to track use of radiolucent porous...

Vertera Spine Cohere
The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new ICD-10 code (10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases...

SI-Bone launches new 3D-printed porous Ifuse-3D sacroiliac joint fusion device

SI-Bone has launched its new Ifuse-3D implant in the USA following regulatory clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration. The new titanium device...

Close international collaboration will result in a “better understanding of complex...

The Eurasian Orthopedic Forum will take place from 29–30 June in Moscow, Russia. Two faculty members speak with Spinal News International about the state...

Medovex receives CE mark approval for Denervex

Medovex has received CE mark approval for the Denervex system allowing the company to market the Denervex system in Europe. The Denervex system is designed...

3D stem cell-generated skin treats congenital spinal defect in rodents

In a preclinical study published in Stem Cell Reports, researchers developed a stem cell-based therapy for generating skin grafts to cover myelomeningocele defects—severe congenital...

Fukushima researchers find significant association between disaster-related stress and low back...

Little scientific research has studied the causal effect of psychosocial factors on low back pain, largely because of the inability of scientists to control...

Ultra-low radiation imaging with image-enhancement software “substantially decreases” radiation dosage

The dangers of radiation exposure to patients and operating room staff are well-publicised. With the advent of minimally invasive spine surgery, both patient and...

Premier US healthcare improvement company to offer Bioventus’ full surgical portfolio

Bioventus has announced that its full surgical orthobiologics portfolio is now available through Premier, a US health care improvement company comprised of 3,750 US...

Designing spines: Innovations in patient-specific 3D printing

Three-dimensional printing—also known as additive manufacturing—is one of the most exciting platforms shaping technology across sectors as diverse as art, food production and medicine....

CE mark for EOI’s FLXfit cage with 15 degrees of lordosis...

Expanding Orthopedics Incorporated (EOI) has received CE mark for the FLXfit 15, an enhancement to the existing FLXfit 3D expandable cage. The FLXfit 15...

Three podium presentations demonstrate positive results for Zimmer Biomet’s Mobi-C

Results from three studies presented at the 2017 French Spine Society Congress (SFCR; June  1–3, Lille, France) have demonstrated the short and long-term safety,...

ANVISA approves Vexim’s SpineJack implants in Brazil

Vexim has received regulatory approval from ANVISA (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária), Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency, in order to commercialise the company’s SpineJack...

NuVasive appoints Skip Kiil executive vice president, International

NuVasive has announced that Skip Kiil is joining the company as executive vice president, International. In this role, Kiil will oversee the company's international...

Aurora Spine to offer Polyaxial Zip ISP technology for out-licensing

Aurora Spine has announced that it is to offer out-licensing opportunities for its Polyaxial Zip ISP (interspinous process) implant locking technology. The technology is...

InVivo to include international registry data in sister study to INSPIRE

InVivo Therapeutics has announced that data from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NACTN Registry will be included in the Contemporary Thoracic SCI registry...

EFORT Congress calls for better medical training for treatment after terror...

Following terror attacks in Paris, France, Brussels, Belgium, London, UK, Berlin, Germany, and, most recently, Manchester, UK, experts at the European Federation of National...

Zimmer Biomet recalls implantable spinal fusion stimulators

Zimmer Biomet has begun the process of recalling its SpF Plus-Mini and SpF XL IIb implantable spinal fusion stimulators in the USA, “due to...

CE mark approval for Stimwave’s world-first fully percutaneous spinal cord stimulator...

CE mark approval has been granted for the world’s first percutaneous injectable anchor system, SandShark. The Stimwave system is used to fixate the company’s...

SurGenTec receives US patent for Graftgun bone graft delivery system

SurGenTec, a minimally invasive orthobiologics company, has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a new patent for its...

K2M launches Mesa 2 Cricket extension for complex deformity correction

K2M has announced the launch of the Mesa 2 Cricket, an extension to the company's Mesa 2 deformity spinal system. Cricket is designed to...

Zimmer Biomet mandates corrective action for certain Rosa Spine models

Zimmer Biomet has issued a voluntary field action notice to users of some of its Rosa Spine, Rosa One and Rosa Brain models. Citing...

SMART trial shows nerve ablation “well-tolerated and effective”

Both surgical and conservative methods of treating chronic low back pain have reported variable scientific and clinical outcomes. New prospective, double-blinded, randomised, sham-controlled trial...

The criticality of gender specific medicine in spine health

by Kimberly Templeton and Janice Werbinski It has been 36 years since the publication of the “Physicians’ Health Study,” which showed that low dose aspirin...

Modern spinal structure established millions of years earlier than previously thought

Analysis of a 3.3 million-year-old fossil skeleton has revealed the most complete spinal column of any early human relative, including vertebrae, neck and rib...

NSpine: Catch the educational content here

Unable to attend the NSpine Main Conference this year? Want to re-watch the latest educational content? Spinal News International is partnering with NSpine to offer live and...

Xtant Medical enters into licensing agreement for Site Medical’s OsteoSync Ti...

Xtant Medical Holdings has entered into a licensing agreement with Sites Medical, for utilisation of their proprietary OsteoSync Ti technology, a best-in-class porous titanium...

Institutional review board approves Life Spine’s electrodiagnostic functional assessment study

A study to help determine outcomes for open vs. minimally invasive posterior lumbar spinal surgery has been approved by the Western Institutional Review Board....

N-Spine live stream video: Watch the educational content here

Spinal News International is partnering with NSpine—the world’s most comprehensive spine review course—to offer live and on-demand meeting coverage from Monday 12 June. Spinal News...

New data released for Intralink-Spine’s Réjuve treatment for low back pain

Additional findings at the six-month juncture from Intralink-Spine’s early safety and feasibility study of the Réjuve system have indicated that the device can effectively...

Life Spine launches Prolift lordotic expandable interbody solution

Life Spine has announced the launch of its Prolift lordotic expandable interbody solution with the company’s Osseo-Loc technology. Prolift lordotic allows for in-situ disc height...

Exhibit your technology at “one of the most anticipated meetings” in...

Following the success of last year’s NASSISMISS meeting, the two-day scientific meeting from the North American Spine Society (NASS), the International Society for Minimally...

SOAP clinical research presentations demonstrate benefits of Rivanna Medical spinal navigation...

The Accuro automatic spinal navigation system (Rivanna Medical) significantly enhanced the accuracy of epidural and spinal anaesthesia placement compared to traditional landmark techniques, even...

New York University Langone installs third EOS system

An EOS System (EOS Imaging) has been installed at The Scoliosis Center, a division of Advocare The Orthopedic Center, which is the third site...

US military’s Tricare health care programme offers minimally invasive sacroiliac joint...

Tricare has established a written coverage policy for minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion surgery. Tricare is a regionally-managed US healthcare programme for active duty...

OLLIF procedure cuts procedure time in half, Inspired Spine reports

Inspired Spine recently presented on the oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF) procedure at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (12–14...

Get online with #NASS

Always seeking to engage with spine specialists in new and exciting ways, the North American Spine Society (NASS) has launched a new social media...

KnowYourBack offers invaluable resource for spine patients

KnowYourBack is the North American Spine Society (NASS)’s patient-focused education platform. Brainchild of Raj Rao (Washington, DC, USA), it has been providing valuable information...

SpineConnect reaches 3,000 post milestone

Since 2014, the SpineConnect forum has offered North American Spine Society (NASS) members the ability to share, discuss and debate cases, techniques, and research...

Lisa Ferrara

Intending to become a cardiac surgeon, Lisa Ferrara began her career as a biology student in Bridgewater, USA. A lecture on future technologies and...

IZI Medical Products acquires Cook Medical’s vertebroplasty line

IZI Medical Products has acquired Cook Medical’s vertebroplasty family of devices. The portfolio currently includes Duro-Ject Osteo-Site, Osteo-Force and Vertefix brands, consisting of needles,...

Gain insight into biologics and spine innovations at this years’ Summer...

Putting a spotlight on the latest innovations in spinal technologies, this year’s North American Spine Society (NASS) Summer Spine Meeting will take place in...

US FDA clears Life Spine’s Cranial Fusion system

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance to Life Spine for its Cranial Fusion system. This clearance expands the indications...

US FDA approves IDE study for Premia Spine’s Tops system

Premia Spine has secured US Food and Drug Administration approval for its pivotal study of the new Tops system.  “We are excited about the opportunity to...

Tiger Woods undergoes MIS ALIF for severe back and leg pain

World-renowned golfer Tiger Woods has announced on his website that he has undergone a minimally invasive anterior lumbar interbody fusion (MIS ALIF) procedure to...

Titan Spine appoints Ed Graubart as vice president of Professional Development

Titan Spine has announced that Ed Graubart has joined the leadership team as vice president of Professional Development. Graubart will be responsible for enhancing...

VTI partners with Turkish distribution company Medikon

Vertebral Technologies (VTI) has partnered with Turkish medical distribution company Medikon to distribute its InterFuse product line in the country. “We are excited to start...

New patient enrolled in InVivo INSPIRE study

A new patient has been enrolled into InVivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE Study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic...

First commercial implantation of ReActiv8 in Ireland takes place

The first Irish sale and implantation of Mainstay Medical’s ReActiv8 has taken place in Dublin. The implantation was performed at St Joseph’s Hospital, part...

Medtronic revises indications for use of Navlock trackers following patient deaths

Medtronic has updated the indications for use and the warning statements for its Navlock trackers, following two patient deaths. The trackers—which are part of...

Study maps molecular pathways of disc degeneration

New research detailing the molecular mechanisms involved in the breakdown of the soft tissue discs of the spine may provide opportunities for advanced, minimally...

WWII chemical-weapon antidote shows promise as treatment for spinal cord injury

A drug developed during World War II as an antidote for a chemical warfare agent has been found to be effective at suppressing a...

EOF to become largest Eurasian interdisciplinary event in traumatology and orthopaedics

The Eurasian Orthopedic Forum has announced that about 3,000 participants are due to attend its 2017 event in Moscow, Russia, participants from Russia, Southeast...

CE mark for Implanet’s standalone Jazz implant

Implanet has been granted CE mark for its new Jazz Standalone implant, used in the treatment of adult degenerative bone disorders. The device is designed...

Fiftieth EOS system installed in France

The 50th installation of an EOS Imaging system has taken place in France at the Imanord medical imaging centre in the Hôpital Privé Villeneuve...

Amedica receives Australian clearance to commercialise Valeo silicon nitride spinal implants

Amedica has been granted marketing clearance for its Valeo interbody fusion devices in Australia. The Valeo product line is made entirely of Amedica's proprietary medical...

Si-Bone Ifuse sacroiliac joint fusion procedure reaches 25,000 milestone

The Si-Bone Ifuse minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion implant system has been used in more than 25,000 procedures worldwide, according to a company release....

Innovasis recieves FDA 510(k) clearance for PEEK standalone Ax ALIF System

Innovasis has become the first company to recieve US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for a standalone anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) system...

Full market release announced for Nexxt Spine’s Inertia Corti-fixx pedicle screw...

Nexxt Spine has announced the full market release of the company’s Inertia Corti-Fixx cortical-cancellous pedicle screw system. Corti-Fixx screws are designed to achieve greater...

Methadone may reduce need for opioids after fusion surgery

Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery who are treated with methadone during the procedure require significantly less intravenous and oral opioids to manage postoperative pain,...

Jeffrey Goldstein named president of the International Society for the Advancement...

Orthopaedic spine surgeon Jeffrey Goldstein, of New York City, USA has been named president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery...

Discovery offers new hope to repair spinal cord injuries

Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes (San Francisco, USA) have created a special type of neuron from human stem cells that could potentially repair spinal...

Z-Medical appoints chief commercial officer and US vice president of sales

Z-Medical has appointed René Rothacker as chief commercial officer and Jim Talbert as vice president of sales USA. The company received US Food and Drug...

Assessment of sagittal balance following TLIF: Are we kyphosing the lumbar...

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) has been the "workhorse" spinal procedure for the past decade. However, there remains the challenge of suboptimal lordotic interbody...

Medtronic launches most advanced StealthStation for neurosurgery

Medtronic has launched its new StealthStation technology at the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) annual conference in Los Angeles, USA. The new S8...

Titan Spine reaches one thousand Nanolock implantations milestone

Titan Spine has announced the company has recently exceeded 1,000 implantations of its Endoskeleton titanium interbody fusion devices featuring Nanoolock surface technology since its...

Six-year positive results published on Si-Bone iFuse

Si-Bone has announced the publication of a six-year study comparing the company’s Ifuse implant to both conservative management and radiofrequency denervation. The long-term study...

First two EOS Imaging systems to open in China

The first two installations of EOS Imaging’s EOS system are to take place in China at Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital , Nanjing, and Ruijin...

7D Surgical enters into US distribution agreements for image guidance system

7D Surgical has entered into exclusive sales representative agreements with two US medical device distributors; Surgical One and DB Surgical.  The 7D Surgical system is...

Vexim launches Masterflow Plus low-energy osteoporotic fracture treatment in Germany

Vexim has launched its new Masterflow Plus treatment, targeted at low-energy vertebral compression fractures (A1-type according to Magerl and AOSpine Classifications) in osteoporotic bone,...

NuVasive launches Reline Trauma portfolio

NuVasive has announced the launch the new Reline Trauma portfolio, which is designed to provide surgeons the flexibility to customise their approach intraoperatively, including...

Porous PEEK demonstrates greater osseintegration than micro-textured titanium

The virtues of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) as a material for spinal implants are well documented. PEEK’s radiolucency along with its similar strength and stiffness to...

Running significantly benefits human intervertebral discs

New research published in Scientific Reports has shown for the first time that human intervertebral discs may strengthen in response to certain forms of...

DePuy Synthes acquires bone defect-treating 3D printing technology

DePuy Synthes has acquired 3D printing technology from Tissue Regeneration Systems (TRD). The 3D printing methods developed by TRS are designed to create patient-specific,...

NASS’ allograft and spinal cord stimulation coverage recommendations open for public...

The president of the North American Spine Society (NASS), F Todd Wetzel (Philadelphia, USA), has announced the opening of the society’s 30-day public comment...

US FDA clears Life Spine’s Plateau-C Ti cervical spacer system

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) market clearance to Life Spine’s Plateau-C Ti cervical spacer system. The system utilises the company’s...

Hundredth patient enrolled in clinical study of Zyga’s SImmetry sacroiliac joint...

Zyga has announced the enrollment of its 100th patient in the Evolusion (EVSI) Clinical Study. This prospective, 40-site, 250-patient trial will evaluate long-term fusion...

Medovex partners with Technology Consult Berlin for distribution in Germany

Medovex, a developer of medical technology products, has entered into a partnership with Technology Consult Berlin (TCB) for distribution of its Denervex system throughout...

Five hundred Inspired Spine minimally invasive OLLIF procedures completed

Inspired Spine reached the milestone of completing 500 oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF) procedures. This minimally invasive surgical technique is designed to improve...

Bridging bone found in 94% of Zyga SImmetry patients at 24...

Zyga Technology has released 24-month computed tomography (CT) fusion and clinical results for its SImmetry sacroiliac joint fusion system. This prospective, multicentre study evaluated...

Amendia aquires Spinal Elements

Amendia has announced the acquisition of Spinal Elements. Spinal Elements’ clinically proven Ti-Bond  porous titanium coating and upcoming product launches of the Lucent XP expandable...

First patient treated with Simplify disc in US pivotal trial

Simplify Medical has announced that the first patient has been treated in the company’s pivotal clinical trial studying use of the Simplify disc in...

Safe Orthopaedics products listed by AP-HP Paris Hospitals

Safe Orthopaedics’ principal products for thoracolumbar spinal fusion have been listed by Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP; Paris, France). This is the...

US FDA clears Mazor Robotics’ Mazor X Align deformity correction software

Mazor Robotics has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its Mazor X Align software. Mazor X Align is designed to assist...

USTPO grants patent to Aurora Spine for polyaxial Zip interspinous device

The United States Trademark and Patent Office (USTPO) has granted Aurora Spine a patent related to its polyaxial Zip interspinous device. The patent (number: 9,603,637)...

Brian May joins Spine Wave as executive vice president, research and...

Former Zimmer Bioment Product Development director, Brian May, has joined Spine Wave as executive vice president, Research and Development. May was most recently one of...

Alphatec Spine launches Battalion lateral system with Squadron retractor

Alphatec Spine has launched its new Battalion lateral system with the Alphatec squadron lateral retractor, and successfully completed initial patient surgeries including degenerative, multilevel...

Aesculap launches spine device warranty for PlasmaporeXP-coated interbodies

Aesculap has announced a new warranty program on its established portfolio of surface-enhanced interbodies for spinal fusion. This warranty announcement coincides with the launch...

UK NICE recommends sacroiliac joint fusion for chronic sacroiliac pain

The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published their Interventional Procedure Guidance document for minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion surgery...

First-in-human stem cell clinical trial for spinal injury expands

A first-in-human trial has been expanded to add four more qualifying participants with chronic cervical injuries involving C5-C7 vertebrae. Launched in 2014 with the...

Man moves paralysed legs using spinal cord stimulation

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, USA) researchers have used electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help a man intentionally move his...

SpinalCyte receives new European patent

SpinalCyte has received European Patent No. 1989289, “Methods And Compositions For Repair Of Cartilage Using An In Vivo Bioreactor.” The technology described in the patent...

EOS imaging announces first sale of EOS system in Israel

The first EOS platform (EOS Imaging) to be sold in Israel has been bought by Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv. The...

ReActiv8’s clinically important disability, pain and quality-of-life improvements sustained at one-year

The disruption of lumbar multifidus muscle control is one factor involved in many cases of functional instability and chronic low back pain. Whilst targeted...

Most “Big Data” research has “very low” academic impact

The use of large registry-based datasets in spinal research has exploded in recent years. Often criticised for potentially limited clinical relevance, little research has...

Surgery for degenerative cervical myelopathy is “cost-effective” and “should be supported”

Value for money is an increasingly important part of hospital payer decision-making. In a The Spine Journal Outstanding Paper-winning study, a team from Toronto...

Spinal News International Issue 42 – March 2017 US edition

Highlights: -One step closer to halting the "relentless cascade" of disc degeneration -Pelvic incidence variable in 80% of healthy adults -Feature: Conflict medicine -Interview: Sanjog Pangarkar on the...

Spinal News International Issue 42 – March 2017

Highlights: -One step closer to halting the "relentless cascade" of disc degeneration -Pelvic incidence variable in 80% of healthy adults -Feature: Conflict medicine -Interview:...

Tackling opioid addiction in America

Substance misuse is “one of the most pressing public health crises of our time” according to US Surgeon General Vivek H Murthy, in his...

Providence receives FDA clearance for Cavux cervical cage and Ally facet...

Providence Medical Technology has announced recent 510(k) clearances from the US Food and Drug Administration for the standalone use of the Cavux cervical cage-L...

Organogenesis acquires NuTech Medical biologics division

Organogenesis is expanding beyond wound care with the acquisition of has acquired NuTech Medical’ biologics section in a move intended to expand the company’s...

First surgery using Z-Medical’s MIS Z-Pedicle system performed in USA

Z-Medical has announced that the first surgery using its minimally invasive surgery (MIS) Z-Pedicle system has taken place at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center,...

Music therapy reduces postoperative pain in spinal surgery patients

Music therapy has been found to decrease pain in patients recovering from spine surgery, compared to a control group of patients who received standard...

InVivo Therapeutics announces first Canadian site for cervical spinal cord injury...

InVivo Therapeutics has received approval from the Toronto Western Hospital’s Research Ethics Board to enrol patients as part of its cervical spinal cord injury...

First-time US FDA clearance for Nuvasive’s greater than two-level cervical interbody...

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance to Nuvasive for the CoRoent small interbody system indicated for intervertebral body fusion...

Seventh InVivo Therapeutics INSPIRE patient converts AIS grade

InVivo Therapeutics has announced that the patient enrolled in January in the INSPIRE study of the Neuro-spinal scaffold has improved from a complete AIS...

Burst Biologics initiates prospective multicentre clinical study in spinal fusion

Burst Biologics has received institutional review board approval to begin a multicentre prospective clinical study in spinal fusion patients. This study will be conducted...

InVivo Therapeutics announces new cervical spinal cord injury study

Health Canada has approved Invivo Therapeutics’ Investigational Testing Authorization application to commence a clinical study of the Neuro-spinal scaffold in patients with acute, complete...

First US implantation of Spineway’s Mont-Blanc minimally invasive implant takes place

The completion of the first minimally invasive surgery using Spineway’s Mont-Blanc minimally invasive surgery product line has taken place in the USA. The operation...

Safe Orthopaedics to expand into Germany

Safe Orthopaedics is expanding into the German market, and has appointed Jochen Esser as head of Sales for the country. According to a company release,...

Gary Henley to serve as advisor to Spinal Simplicity

Gary Henley has agreed to serve as an advisor to Spinal Simplicity and will join the company’s Board of Managers. Gary Henley is a medical...

Bioventus to invest in new clinical research for Exogen

Bioventus is to commission an innovative series of real-world evidence, direct-to-patient studies to validate the ability of its Exogen ultrasound bone-healing system to mitigate...

Loss of partner to suicide linked to increased risk of disc...

People who lose a partner to suicide are at increased risk for a number of mental and physical disorders, including herniated discs, than those...

Surgeons successfully remove parasitic rachipagus twin

A team of more than 50 clinicians at Advocate Children’s Hospital, Chicago, USA, have successfully separated a 10-month old patient from a parasitic rachipagus...

One step closer to halting the “relentless cascade” of disc degeneration

According to a “Best Paper” presentation at the North American Spine Society annual meeting (NASS; 26–29 October 2016, Boston, USA), it may be possible...

Fractured relief and donor fatigue: Charting a crisis with no end

The Syrian Civil War—now entering its sixth year—has displaced the greatest number of civilians of any conflict since World War II. Over a million people...

Study cautions against use of bone morphogenetic proteins in children’s spine...

Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP), commonly used off-label to enhance paediatric spinal fusion (spinal arthrodesis), did not improve revision rates for paediatric spinal fusion, according...

Medtronic announces new US bone cement indication for treating sacral fractures

Medtronic logo
Medtronic has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance of Kyphon Xpede bone cement for fixation of pathological...

US FDA clears Spineology Elite for narrower size and expanded indication

The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared Spineology’s Elite expandable interbody fusion system for a new size and an expanded indication. Included in...

First implantation of Spine Innovation’s expandable interbody fusion cage takes place

The first implantations of Spine Innovation’s expandable transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion device have taken place. The first surgery was performed by James Bruffey and Robert...

InVivo Therapeutics enrols Keck Hospital patient into INSPIRE study

A new patient has been enrolled into InVivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic...

Degree of spinal deformity affects hip replacement surgery success

People with spinal deformity also requiring a total hip replacement are at greater risk for dislocation or follow-up revision surgery, according to a new...

UK’s NICE issues updated guidance on lateral interbody fusion procedures

Updated guidance has been published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK for lateral interbody fusion in the...

SpineGuard and Zavation announce first 20 successful cases performed in USA

The first US cases using the “one-step” insertion of pedicle “smart screws” guided by SpineGuard’s Dynamic Surgical Guidance (DSG) technology have been successfully performed....

Stryker to introduce new Tritanium PL cage sizes at AAOS 2017

Stryker will feature its 3D-printed Tritanium posterior lumbar (PL) cage at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS; 14-18 March,...

K2M to debut Balance ACS at AAOS 2017

K2M logo
K2M is to debut the Balance ACS platform at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on...

EOS imaging announces third sale to Nemours Children’s Health System

EOS imaging has sold a third EOS system to the Nemours Children’s Health System. The device was ordered by Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando,...

Simplify disc “may minimise the need for post-surgical CT scans”

A new study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders has found that the use of computed tomography (CT) imaging following spinal surgery has increased significantly....

World-first implantation of 3D-printed vertebrae takes place in Australia

Ralph Mobbs, a neurosurgeon from the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia, has replaced two cancerous vertebrae with 3D-printed implants, according to a report...

LinkSpine appoints Tom McLeer vice president of Sales and Marketing

LinkSpine has named Tom McLeer vice president of Sales and Marketing.  McLeer most recently served as senior vice president of US Commercial Operations for Alphatec...

US FDA clears Stryker’s AVAflex balloon system

Stryker has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its AVAflex balloon system. The device is available with Stryker’s bone cements...

Muslim prayer habits can reduce lower back pain

Five times a day, roughly 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, bow and kneel in the direction of the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as...

Safe Orthopaedics expands into Germany

Safe Orthopaedics has announced that it is expanding into Germany, and has appointed Jochen Esser as head of Sales Germany. According to a company release,...

Alphatec’s Arsenal deformity AIS system launched in limited US markets

Alphatec Spine has launched its new Arsenal deformity adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) system and has successfully completed initial patient cases. The Arsenal AIS system is...

US FDA clears Amend Surgical NanoFuse BA

Amend Surgical has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(K) clearance to market NanoFuse BA as a bone graft extender for spine and...

Multidisciplinary team approach can reduce spinal fusion overutilisation

Patients diagnosed with lumbar degenerative spine disease are more likely to receive the right care when a team of experts representing multiple medical specialties...

Back pain associated with increase in all-cause mortality

Published in the European Journal of Pain, a study of 4390 Danish twins aged over 70 years old has found that those suffering from...

Implanet granted French patent for Jazz Lock

The French patent office has granted Implanet a patent protecting the Jazz Lock implant in France. A major component of the company’s band products for...

GS Medical USA announces new product portfolio

GS Medical USA has announced the confirmed and pending launch of several US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k)-approved products. The company plans to launch...

Joimax obtains full product registration in Thailand

Joimax has obtained full product registration for its endoscopic minimally invasive spinal surgery platform from the Thai Food & Drug Administration. This adds to its...

Wenzel Spine completes acquisition of OsteoMed interspinous and facet fixation platforms

Wenzel Spine has completed the acquisition of the Primalok SP interspinous fusion system and the Primalok FF facet fixation system from OsteoMed. The Primalok SP...

MIS-COE: Choll Kim explains laser endoscopic spine surgery

In this video shared by the Minimally Invasive Spine Centers of Excellence, Choll Kim (San Diego, USA) takes the viewer through a live laser endoscopic...

First clinical cases performed using Philips’ augmented-reality surgical navigation system

Philips' new augmented reality system has been used in clinical practice for the first time at the Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Sweden. “This new technology allows...

Pelvic incidence shown to be variable in over 80% of healthy...

Pelvic parameters are a “very hot topic” in spine, according to Howard Place, (St Louis, USA), lead author of a “Best Paper”-winning study on...

First clinical use of Philips’ augmented-reality surgical navigation system takes place

The first clinical cases using a new surgical navigation system have been successfully treated at Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Sweden. The technology uses high-resolution optical...

TranS1 launches Capital bone graft harvester

TranS1 has announced the release of the Capital bone graft harvester, a new device designed to allow for fast, reliable, and reproducible harvesting of...

Jeffrey R Binder joins Minimus Spine Board of Directors

Jeffrey R Binder has been appointed to the Minimus Spine Board of Directors. Minimus Spine manufactures the Triojection system for herniated spinal discs. Binder was...

Report details plethora of serious health problems faced by spinal cord...

Paralysis is just one of the many serious health problems faced by patients who suffer spinal cord injuries, according to a report according to...

Placebo and diazepam equally effective for acute low back pain in...

Emergency patients treated with naproxen and placebo had outcomes as good as or better than patients treated with naproxen and diazepam for acute lower...

Safe Orthopaedics launches new products to treat traumatic injuries associated with...

Safe Orthopaedics has launched a transverse connector designed to rigidify the stabilisation of posterior spinal osteosynthesis, as well as cement injectable through the Cypress...

Nanovis announces the 2,000th FortiCore interbody implantation

The 2,000th implantation Nanovis’ Forticore has taken place as part of the company’s alpha product launch. The FortiCore posterior lumbar interbody fusion device comprises...

K2M launches Balance ACS 3D platform

K2M has introduced Balance ACS, a platform designed to apply three-dimensional solutions for spine patients. Balance ACS is intended to focus on achieving balance...

American College of Physicians recommends complementary medicine over drug therapy for...

An evidence-based clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians published in Annals of Internal Medicine has recommended that physicians and patients should...

Alphatec Spine appoints David H Mowry to its Board of Directors

Alphatec Spine has appointed David H Mowry as a member of its board of directors. Mowry will be replacing Siri S Marshall. Mowry is...

RTI Surgical names Camille Farhat chief executive officer

Camille Farhat has been named chief executive officer of RTI Surgical, effective March 15, 2017. He will succeed interim chief executive officer, Robert P...

US FDA clears Spinal Simplicity’s Minuteman G3-R removable end fusion implant

Spinal Simplicity has received its third 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Minuteman G3-R spinal implant, part of...

Vertebral Technologies announces group purchasing organisation contract with ROi

Vertebral Technologies (VTI), a minimally-invasive spinal implant medical device company based in Minneapolis, USA, has signed a group purchasing organisation contract agreement with St...

Two-year USA IDE clinical study follow-up completed for AxioMed Viscoelastic lumbar...

All two-year follow up data for Axiomed’s USA lumbar Investigative Device Exemption clinical study has been collected and analysed, according to a company release. Results...

DePuy Synthes launches ViviGen Formable cellular bone matrix

DePuy Synthes, in collaboration with LifeNet Health, has launched ViviGen Formable cellular bone matrix, a second-generation cellular allograft designed to assist in the formation...

Minimally invasive surgery “safe and effective” treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

A minimally invasive surgical approach to spinal surgery is relatively new approach to the treatment of adult scoliosis. Studies have shown positive results in...

AANS Neurosurgery: Stepwise illustration of teeth-fixation semi-constrained cervical disc arthroplasty

In this video from the Journal of Neurosurgery, researchers present the case of a 53-year-old woman with "symptoms of both radiculopathy and myelopathy caused...

Expert faculty debate contemporary spinal surgery across the globe

In 2017, NASS is collaborating with societies around the world to produce diverse and high-quality educational meetings. As well as at conferences in Guangzhou,...

Innovation in precision medicine and intelligent orthopaedics at WOISE2017

The World Orthopaedics Innovation Summit & Expo 2017 (WOISE2017), the premier international event for innovations in orthopaedics (spine, joint, foot and ankle) and the...

Applying minimally invasive surgery to complex spine in Indonesia

Enthusiasm for minimally invasive surgery has exploded in recent years, promising comparative results to open surgery with less blood loss and tissue damage for...

Securing coverage in a value-based world

In a value-based healthcare landscape, even when providing greater levels of evidence, US surgeons increasingly face coverage denials from insurance companies for proven spinal...

Get hands-on with the latest innovations in lumbar procedures in Guangzhou,...

The 10th Congress of the Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (CAOS) in Guangzhou, China this May will offer two sessions in collaboration with the...

JAAOS article outlines guidance for hip-spine syndrome diagnosis

Many patients live with low back pain that radiates to the buttock, groin, thigh, and/or knees. The challenge for patients, and often their doctors,...

USPTO grants SpineGuard patent for use of DSG as a bone-quality...

SpineGuard has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the application of its Dynamic Surgical Guidance (DSG) technology...

ChoiceSpine releases Harrier ALIF system

ChoiceSpine has launched Harrier, an anterior lumbar interbody fusion system. The device was cleared for marketing by the US Food and Drug Administration in...

Establishing good data when fame precludes randomisation

Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots’ famed tight-end, suffered his third disc herniation in seven years last November, bringing his participation in the 2016...

Vexim receives Chinese and Japanese patents for SpineJack

Vexim has announced the expansion of its SpineJack patent portfolio in Asia. The company has received two new patents for SpineJack; one Chinese and...

SeaSpine launches Vu a.Pod prime nanometalene ALIF system

SeaSpine has begun a full commercial launch of its Vu a.Pod prime nanometalene system. The system features a zero-profile, standalone anterior lumbar interbody device that...

SpineSource to distribute Kisco’s L-Varlock expandable lumbar cage in the USA

SpineSource has entered into a long-term exclusive distribution agreement with Kisco International to market, sell and distribute Kisco’s L-Varlock expandable lumbar cage for vertebral...

Decortication and bone-grafting may “contribute to earlier fusion” following sacroiliac joint...

Sacroiliac joint fusion has progressed markedly over the past five years. Positive results—the majority involving SI-Bone’s Ifuse device—have been reported in a growing number...

EUROSPINE offers advice on preventing “text neck”

Some of today’s most popular presents are smartphones. Thousands of these useful electronic tools were bestowed upon a loved one during the past couple...

First commercial implantation of Mainstay Medical’s ReActiv8 performed in Germany

The first commercial implantation of Mainstay Medical’s ReActiv8 has taken place in Germany. The implantation was performed by Francis Kilian, orthopaedic and neurosurgeon at the...

Safety study of Intralink-Spine’s Réjuve nears completion as multicentre pivotal study...

With positive clinical results at the six-month juncture from its early safety and feasibility study in Malaysia, Intralink-Spine, has confirmed that the Réjuve system...

ChoiceSpine acquires Exactech’s spine assets, launches Harrier ALIF system

Exactech has sold its spine assets to ChoiceSpine, as part of a “restructuring” and “divesture” move. Terms of the transaction were not released. The...

US FDA and Health Canada clear 7D Surgical’s image-guided system for...

7D Surgical has received both 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a medical device license from Health Canada, enabling...

DePuy Synthes to co-promote Pacira’s Exparel non-opioid analgesic

DePuy Synthes has signed an exclusive agreement in the US between DePuy Synthes Sales and Pacira Pharmaceuticals to co-promote Exparel, a long-lasting, non-opioid, local...

USPTO grants VTI patent for InterCushion modular motion preservation implant

VTI has been granted a new patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office. This patent relates to the company’s modular in vivo assembly...

DePuy Synthes receives US FDA clearance for cement-augmented pedicle screw systems

DePuy Synthes has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Viper and Expedium fenestrated screw systems. When used...

US FDA clears Camber Spine’s Siconus sacroiliac joint fixation system

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted Camber Spine Technologies 510(k) clearance for the Siconus sacroiliac joint fixation system. Daniel Pontecorvo, founder and chief...

Securities and Exchange Commission temporarily suspends trade of PixarBio stock

PixarBio stock has been suspended from trade by the Securities and Exchange Commission, in line with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Commission...

Whale Imaging receives US FDA approval for G-arm B6 Duo

Whale Imaging has received US Food and Drug Administration FDA 510(k) clearance for its G-Arm B6 Duo. The B6 Duo is the next generation...

SpinalCyte enrols first patient in human dermal fibroblasts phase I human...

SpinalCyte, an engineering technology company focused on the regrowth of the spinal disc nucleus using human dermal fibroblasts, has announced the enrolment of its...

Early data demonstrate motor function improvement for spinal cord stem cell...

A new therapy to treat spinal cord injuries in people who have lost all motor and sensory function below the injury site has shown...

Complete decontamination of robotic instruments “virtually impossible”

Robotic surgery seems to offer a number of impressive benefits for spinal surgery, from increased precision and accuracy to potentially lower radiation doses for...

Minimally invasive surgery “markedly reduces” postoperative infection risk

Minimally invasive surgery is generally considered to reduce blood loss and preserve surrounding tissue, among other benefits. There is a dearth in the literature,...

Implanet receives US and European marketing clearance for Jazz Frame

Implanet has been granted both US Food and Drug  Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and CE marking to market its new Jazz Frame implant. The Jazz...

Sixth INSPIRE patient improves ASIA score

An Invivo Therapeutics INSPIRE study patient enrolled in December 2016 has improved from a complete ASIA A spinal cord injury to an incomplete ASIA...

John Nosenzo appointed chief commercial officer of Bioventus

Bioventus has named John Nosenzo as chief commercial officer. Nosenzo has worked in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical and medical diagnostics areas markets...

Spinal cord stimulation reduces or stabilises opioid use among chronic pain...

New research has found spinal cord stimulation therapy can reduce or stabilise the use of opioids in patients battling chronic pain. Researchers examined opioid...

Sacroiliac joint fixation with screws leads to more revision than fusion...

A single-centre retrospective study of patients who had undergone sacroiliac joint fusion has compared revision rates between those who received fusion via titanium triangular...

Osseon receives new patent for bone augmentation system

Osseon has received a new US patent for a Steerable and Curvable cavity creation system, patent number US 9,510,885. This new device will add to...

Zebra Medical Vision announces new algorithm to detect vertebral fractures

Zebra Medical Vision has announced the latest algorithm to be included in its Deep Learning Imaging Analytics platform. The algorithm, capable of detecting vertebral...

Will the VAPOUR trial affect the future of bone augmentation techniques?

Is it a come-back for vertebroplasty? Two randomised controlled trials published in 2009 suggested that there is no clear benefit for treatment by vertebroplasty...

New patient enrolled into Invivo Therapeutics INSPIRE study

A new patient has been enrolled into Invivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE Study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-spinal scaffold for Safety and Neurologic...

Spinal Elements Magnum+ achieves 96% solid fusion at seven months

Data obtained from a retrospective study involving the Spinal Elements’ Magnum+ device used in anterior lumbar interbody fusion have demonstrated a 96% rate of...

Precision Spine receives US FDA 510(k) clearance for ShurFit system

Precision Spine has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ShurFit ACIF 2C anterior cervical interbody system. The...

AANS: Two-level cervical arthroplasty using a “no-distraction” technique

In this video shared by the Journal of Neurosurgery, researchers describe the surgical nuances of two-level cervical arthroplasty in a case of 2-level degenerative...

Researchers determine algorithm for bionic hand treatment

No longer only an image conjured by science fiction, bionic hands can return functionality in cases of traumatic nerve and muscle loss. A new...

New Mexico Hospital joins Invivo’s INSPIRE study

The University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) in Albuquerque, USA, has been added as a clinical site for the INSPIRE (Invivo Study of Probable...

Zimmer Biomet to replace Robert Delp with Stuart Kleopfer as president...

Effective January 23, 2017, Robert Delp will assume the position of president, Americas, and join the executive leadership team of the Zimmer Biomet. He...

US FDA clears SpineGuard’s DSG third-party pedicle screw integration module

SpineGuard has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new DSG (Dynamic Surgical Guidance) integration module to be...

First surgery with Amedica’s Taurus pedicle screw system successful

Amedica has announced the successful completion of the first surgery using its Taurus pedicle screw system. The surgery was performed by Thomas Scioscia, in Richmond,...

First implantation using Vertebral Technologies’ Interfuse in Mexico a success

Vertebral Technologies has announced the successful outcome of the first lumbar fusion procedure in Mexico using the Interfuse laterally expandable device. Since September 2016, the...

Medicrea files FDA 510(k) submission for 3D-printed titanium spinal devices

Medicrea has filed a 510(k) submission to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of the company’s 3D-printed titanium interbody devices, with...

Robert Califf to resign as US FDA commissioner

Robert Califf is to step down as US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner upon the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President on...

NSpine publishes preliminary programme

The preliminary programme for NSpine (12-15 June; London, UK) has been published online. The programme features sessions from BioSpine, the European Journal of Spine and...

No relation found between weather and low back pain

New research from The George Institute for Global Health (Sydney, Australia) has revealed that the weather plays no part in the symptoms associated with...

Safe Orthopaedics announces launch of bone substitute

Safe Orthopaedics has announced the launch of a bone substitute for its Walnut cage for cervical surgeries in Europe. This device, developed in conjunction with...

Spinal fusion market to approach US$9 billion by 2023 as technology...

The global market for spinal fusion—which includes spinal plating systems, interbody devices, vertebral body replacement devices, and pedicle screw systems (excluding minimally invasive spine...

US FDA downgrades class III pedicle screws to class II

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formally reclassified pedicle screws from class III to class II devices. The reclassification came into force...

US Veterans Affairs Opioid Safety Initiative shown to reduce opioid prescriptions

Fewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a USA-wide initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug...

Cochrane Review finds some potential for yoga as treatment for low...

The Cochrane Library has released a new review to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) showing that yoga may lead to a small...

Mainstay Medical applies for Australian marketing approval for ReActiv8

Mainstay Medical has applied for ReActiv8 to be admitted to the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) which would allow for commercialisation in Australia. Mainstay’s...

Philips announces new augmented-reality surgical navigation system

Philips has announced the development of an augmented-reality surgical navigation technology, designed to help surgeons perform image-guided open and minimally-invasive spine surgery. The technology uses...

Rhode Island Hospital joins InVivo’s INSPIRE study

InVivo Therapeutics has announced that Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, USA, has been added as a clinical site for the INSPIRE (InVivo Study of...

LifeNet Health begins production of ViviGen cellular bone matrix at new...

LifeNet Health has begun production of ViviGen cellular bone matrix in its Northwest headquarters in Renton, USA. ViviGen, a cellular allograft developed by LifeNet...

Microgravity induces “dynamic alteration of gene expressions in osteoblasts and osteoclasts”

Live-imaging and transcriptome analysis of medaka fish transgenic lines has revealed that exposure to microgravity can lead to the immediate alteration of cells responsible...

Orthofix receives FDA and CE mark approval for next-generation CervicalStim and...

Orthofix has received both US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE mark approval for its next-generation CervicalStim and SpinalStim bone growth stimulators. These class...

St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada, joins InVivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study

The St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto has been added as a Canadian clinical site for Invivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit...

SpinalCyte receives new US patent

SpinalCyte has received US patent number 9,533,024, “Methods And Compositions For Repair Of Cartilage Using An In Vivo Bioreactor.” The technology described in the patent...

AxioMed agrees 15-year exclusive global license for DSM’s proprietary viscoelastic material

AxioMed have agreed a 15-year exclusive global license with DSM to use its proprietary viscoelastic material in the company's disc replacement technology. Kingsley R Chin,...

Globus Medical recieves CE mark for Excelsius GPS

Globus Medical a leading musculoskeletal implant manufacturer, has announced that the Excelsius GPS, a system providing robotic trajectory guidance and navigation, has received CE...

Implanet receives European patent for Jazz platform

The European Patent Office (EPO) has granted Implanet a European patent for its Jazz implant’s universal tensioning system. This latest European patent concerns the Jazz...

Algorithm provides an extra level of assurance during spine surgery

Researchers funded by the US National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have developed a way to automatically label images of individual vertebrae...

DePuy Synthes acquires Interventional Spines’ expandable cage technology

DePuy Synthes Products has announced an asset purchase and development agreement with Interventional Spine. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. With Interventional...

US FDA clears Precision Spine’s AccuFit lateral plating system

Precision Spine has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its AccuFit lateral plating system. The AccuFit plate is designed to provide...

Nuvasive’s XLIF receives new Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare...

NuVasive has received approval for instruments used in the Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) procedure by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare...

Amedica announces positive scientific data and re-files FDA submission

Amedica has announced results from a recent study showing rapid bone growth into porous silicon nitride. Explants of the company's porous silicon nitride from...

InVivo Therapeutics clashes with PixarBio over proposed takeover

Invivo Therapeutics has rebuked a press release from PixarBio claiming that it had made a US$77,000,000 stock offer to acquire the company. The colourfully-worded release,...

NIH recognises back-pain treating mindfulness and epidural stimulation as 2016 research...

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have recognised two spine-related studies as research highlights for 2016. Research into the effects of meditation and...

PixarBio establishes research centre focusing on spinal cord injury treatment

PixarBio—developers of NeuroRelease, a morphine replacement, non-opioid pain treatment—has established the JP Reynolds Research Center in Woburn, USA. The lab will focus on research and...

Carevature Dreal reaches 400 patient milestone in the USA

Carevature Medical has announced a 400 patient milestone for its Dreal line of products in the USA. Six centres in the US states of...

Safe Orthopaedics appoints Scientific Advisory Board

Safe Orthopaedics has appointed a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), made up of four European back surgeons. The main tasks of the SAB will be...

Tenth patient enrolled in InVivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study

A new patient with a T8-9 fracture dislocation injury has been enrolled into InVivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE Study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the...

EUROSPINE 2016: Interview with Full Paper Award Winner 2016

EUROSPINE's interview with Christian Liebsch, winner of the meeting's 2016 Full Paper Award. ...

US FDA bans powdered gloves

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule to ban powdered surgical gloves, patient examination gloves and the absorbable powder...

Cutting-edge training on offer at two innovative courses in Guangzhou, China

In May 2017, NASS will run two intensive hands-on courses in Guangzhou, China as part of the 10th Annual Congress of the Chinese Association...

Quickfire questions with Todd Wetzel: “I am truly humbled to lead...

  What is most exciting about being NASS president? One of the greatest pleasures of my 28 years as a member of NASS has been to...

“A great buzz in the air” around coverage, advocacy and academia...

This years’ Annual Meeting took place from 26-29 October in Boston, USA, and featured an extensive programme of scientific presentations, world-class speakers, and a...

Inaugural NASS Ultrasound and Fluoroscopic Guided Lumbar Procedures Workshop a success...

by Allen Chen, MD, MPH Continuing its global educational efforts, NASS successfully produced the inaugural Ultrasound and Fluoroscopic Guided Lumbar Procedures Workshop at the Singapore...

Discover the latest technologies and treatments in the Wasatch Mountains

The Canyons Village in Park City, Utah, USA will once again host the annual Evidence & Technology Spine Summit, 22-25 February 2017. In its...

NICE collaborates with US FDA on Payer Communication Taskforce

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has announced its participation in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Payer Communication...

Safe Orthopaedics receives CE mark for thoracic version of its Oak...

Safe Orthopaedics has received CE mark for a new version of its patented Oak screw, used to treat thoracic vertebral fractures. Previously, 7.5mm, 6.5mm and...

Exercise first port of call for low back pain and sciatica,...

The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its advice on the treatment of low back pain in those over...

RTI Surgical names Robert P Jordheim interim chief executive officer

RTI Surgical has announced that Robert P Jordheim, executive vice president and chief financial officer of RTI, has been named interim chief executive officer....

Back pain almost halved at 12 months following Zyga’s SImmetry sacroiliac...

Twelve-month clinical and radiographic data evaluating long-term fusion and pain reduction in patients receiving Zyga SImmetry sacroiliac joint fusion have shown average back pain...

Orthofix appoints Alex Lukianov to Board of Directors

Alexis V Lukianov has been named to Orthofix’s Board of Directors. Lukianov’s appointment expands the Board to 10 directors, nine of whom are independent...

SpinalCyte receives Institutional Review Board approval for phase I clinical trial

SpinalCyte has received Institutional Review Board approval to begin clinical trials with its dermal fibroblast cell product, CybroCell, in the treatment of degenerative disc...

Orthopaedic Institute for Children installs EOS imaging system

The Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC), Los Angeles, USA, has installed the EOS imaging system (EOS). This makes it the first standalone ambulatory care...

US veterans report more severe back pain than civilians

US veterans experience higher prevalence of pain and more severe pain—including pain—than nonveterans, with young and middle-aged veterans suffering the most, according to a...

Zimmer Biomet launches new PrimaGen advanced allograft

Zimmer Biomet has launched the PrimaGen advanced allograft. According to a press release, this autograft substitute offers the same bone-healing elements as autograft, but...

Cryptic Crossword

Below are the answers to Spinal News International's cryptic crossword. Thanks for your participation!     Across 4  Spinal News 7 Lateral 12 Diagnosis 15 Spinal cord 16 Ilium 17 Minimally invasive   Down 1 Screw 2 Fusion 3 Facet joint tropism 5 Stenosis 6 Decompression 8 Degeneration 9 Navigation 10 Lordosis 11 Discectomy 13 Autograft 14 Sacrum

New ISASS guidelines recommend coverage of interlaminar stabilisation in certain lumbar...

The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) has issued a policy statement recommending the coverage of lumbar decompression with interlaminar stabilisation...

Melanie Morel-Ferris replaces Steven McAllister as interim chief financial officer at...

InVivo Therapeutics has announced the resignation of Steven McAllister from the position of chief financial officer effective December 31, 2016. According to a company...

Discover the latest technical updates in the Wasatch Mountains

The Canyons Village in Park City, Utah, USA will once again host the annual Evidence & Technology Spine Summit, 22-25 February 2017. In its...

The North American Spine Society and Spinal News International announce editorial...

The North American Spine Society (NASS), the largest spinal society in the USA, and Spinal News International have announced that they are to collaborate, beginning...

Canine study suggests neurotoxin monitoring could be used to personalise spinal...

Researchers have developed a urine test revealing the presence of a neurotoxin that likely worsens the severity and pain of spinal cord injuries. According...

NASS signs letter calling for urgent political action on US opioid...

A large group of societies—including the North American Spine Society—have signed a letter urging for the US Capitol to take action to tackle the...

DePuy Synthes Spine launches two new products to bring “better standardisation...

Spinal News International recently met with DePuy Synthes Spine’s Dan Wildman and Bill Horton to discuss the company’s aims, strategies, and upcoming product releases....

Surface innovation in spinal technology

Surface technology for interbody fusion implants is an area of massive growth in the spinal market, with a large number of device companies and...

Mazor X: A “successful blend” of technology and manual intervention

Dennis DeVito has worked with Mazor Robotics’ Rennaisance system for over a decade. In advance of the commercial launch of the new Mazor X,...

Implanet white paper confirms safety and efficacy of Jazz system

Implanet has announced the publication of a new white paper, which presents clinical results from a group of adolescents suffering from hypokyphotic thoracic scoliosis...

Back pain may raise risk of mental health problems in low-...

The latest and largest study to investigate the connections between back pain and psychological illness in low- and middle-income countries was published this week...

First AxioMed Freedom viscoelastic total disc replacement implanted in Australia

Australia’s first viscoelastic total cervical disc replacement case using the AxioMed Freedom device has been successful performed by Richard Laherty of Queensland Neurosurgery, Brisbane. Laherty...

US FDA clears Xtant Xsert expandable lumbar spacer

The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared Xtant Medical’s Xsert lumbar expandable interbody system. The Xsert system is an all-titanium interbody device that can...

Cerapedics awarded group purchasing agreement with Premier for I-Factor

Cerapedics has been awarded a group purchasing agreement with Premier, a healthcare improvement company. The new agreement allows Premier members, at their discretion, to take...

First EOS site opens in South Korea

EOS imaging has announced the official opening of the first EOS site in South Korea at the Konyang University Hospital, Nonsan. The University Hospital...

Medicrea reaches 1,000-procedure milestone for UNiD personalised rods

Medicrea’s patient-specific UNiD rod technology has now been used in more than 1,000 procedures, according to a company release. Evalina Burger, of University Colorado Hospital...

SpineGuard PediGuard Threaded Device with DSG (Dynamic Surgical Guidance) Technology

In this advertorial, Spinal News International talks to Richard Assaker (Lille, France) and Larry Khoo (Los Angeles, USA) about their experiences with SpineGuard's PediGuard...

Scott Blumenthal

Scott Blumenthal (Plano, USA) is best known as the first surgeon to perform an artificial disc replacement in the USA. His pioneering research into...

Minimally invasive lumbar decompression may be performed safely without prior experience

Junyoung Ahn (Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA) and others report in The Spine Journal that continued surgical experience in...

Inadequate initial treatment main cause of neglect of thoracolumbar injuries in...

A study published in the Asian Spine Journal has found that, unlike that reported in Western literature, the majority of neglected thoracolumbar injuries persisting...

Zimmer Biomet’s Mobi-C now most widely covered artificial cervical disc in...

Zimmer Biomet’s Mobi-C cervical disc prosthesis has become the most widely covered device for one- and two-level cervical disc replacement by commercial health insurers...

Successful early outcomes reported for Vertera Cohere fusion device

Vertera Spine Cohere
The first early successful outcomes using the Cohere cervical interbody fusion device have been reported by Vertera Spine. Cohere is Vertera Spine's first device featuring...

Tyber Medical launches TyPEEK lateral implant system

Tyber Medical has launched their lateral access system, a second-generation lateral PEEK/titanium (TyPEEK) composite interbody and lateral plating system. The Tyber Medical lateral access retractor...

US patent granted to Theracell for demineralised bone fibre technology

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is to issue TheraCell a patent for its demineralised bone fibre (DBF) technology. TheraCell's DBF technology is...

Spinal Simplicity receives Health Canada Medical Device License for Minuteman fusion...

Spinal Simplicity has received a Health Canada Medical Device License for its Minuteman G3 and HA G3 spinal implants. The Minuteman is a posterior, non-pedicle...

First procedures with Spinal Elements’ Katana lateral system successfully performed

The first procedures using Spinal Elements’ minimally invasive Katana lateral system have been successfully completed. The Katana lateral system is a muscle-splitting system that is...

US FDA clears RTI Surgical Streamline OCT system for new indication

RTI Surgical has received Us Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the Streamline OCT occipito-cervico-thoracic system. This clearance expands the indication for...

Mazor Robotics receives order for three Mazor X systems

Mazor Robotics has recieved three additional orders for the Mazor X system from a first time customer. According to a company release, the new...

New participant enrolled in Invivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study

InVivo Therapeutics has announced that a new patient has been enrolled into the INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold...

Minimus Spine enrols 30th participant to randomised study comparing Triojection to...

Minimus Spine has enrolled the 30th subject into its 50-patient randomised study comparing Triojection; a system intended to facilitate the treatment of disc herniations...

First clinical use of OrtoWay OrtoWell distractor tool successful

A German spine clinic has reported the successful application and ease of use of OrtoWay’s Ortowell for lateral minimally invasive fixation in a complicated...

Depuy Synthes Spine launches Synfix Evolution system

DePuy Synthes Spine has launched the Synfix Evolution system, a new implant for stand-alone anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF). The Synfix Evolution system delivers...

NuVasive expands IGA platform to support all spinal procedures

NuVasive has launched a number of new spinal innovations, including the company’s expanded Integrated Global Alignment (IGA) platform, which now supports all spinal procedures,...

Combination of NSAIDs and TNF-inhibitors shows benefit for ankylosing spondylitis

A combination of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and TNF-inhibitors may help slow down spine damage in ankylosing spondylitis, according to new research findings presented at...

SeaSpine receives two US FDA 510(k) clearances

SeaSpine has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Shoreline ACS anterior cervical standalone system, featuring TruProfile technology,...

Providence Medical launches Cavux cervical cage and Dtrax spinal system

  Providence Medical Technology's Cavux Providence Medical Technology has announced the commercial launch of its new Cavux cervical cage-L and Dtrax spinal system-L. The Cavix Cervical Cage-L...

US FDA clearance for Joimax Vaporflex and Legato electrosurgical probes

Joimax's product portfolio
  Joimax has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Vaporflex and Legato electrosurgical probes with radiowave technology...

Surgery for degenerative spinal disease reduces problems with sex-related pain

For patients with degenerative spinal disease, surgery is more effective in reducing pain that interferes with sexual activity, compared to nonsurgical treatment, reports a...

Medicrea launches lifetime warranty for patient-specific UNiD rods

Medicrea has implemented a lifetime warranty on its patient-specific UNiD technology. The warranty covers all UNiD thoracolumbar rods, UNiD cervical rods and all associated Medicrea...

Statins may lower mortality risk in ankylosing spondylitis patients

Patients with ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis who take statins may have as much as a 33% lower mortality risk, according to new research...

Romosozumab leads to significant bone mineral density gains at lumbar spine...

UCB and Amgen have announced results from the Phase 3 BRIDGE study showing that in men with osteoporosis, the investigational agent romosozumab resulted in...

Ted Bird joins Titan Spine as chief commercial officer

Titan Spine has announced that Ted Bird has joined the executive management team as chief commercial officer. According to a company release, Bird will...

InterMed Resources to distribute Z-Medical implants to US HealthTrust facilities

InterMed Resources and Z-Medical have come to a distribution agreement with US-based HealthTrust. InterMed will distribute spinal implants manufactured by Z-Medical (Tuttlingen, Germany) to...

Spinal News International Issue 41 – October 2016

Highlights: -Adult spinal deformity surgery outperforms non-surgical treatment for pain, fuction, cosmesis and mental health -Spinal metastasis cases almost triple over two decades in...

Spinal News International Issue 41 – October 2016 US edition

Highlights: -Adult spinal deformity surgery outperforms non-surgical treatment for pain, fuction, cosmesis and mental health -Spinal metastasis cases almost triple over two decades in...

Quantifying the impact of scar placement in spinal surgery

The effects of surgical scars can be far-reaching and life-changing for many women. Understanding and quantifying the impact of scars is an important aspect...

Danish study finds five-times higher incidence of cancer in adolescent idiopathic...

In a study of the incidence of cancer in a cohort of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients treated 25 years previously, investigators have found...

Two-year Scoli-Risk-1 data offer revealing adult spinal deformity results

A number of studies presented at the Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting (SRS; 21–24 September, Prague, Czech Republic) and at Eurospine (5–7 October, Berlin,...

New ASD frailty index links severe frailty to increased length of...

A new model for measuring frailty in adult spinal deformity (ASD) patients has been assessed by the International Spine Study Group (ISSG) for its...

Depressed adult spinal deformity patients improve at same magnitude as non-depressed...

The first prospective study analysing the impact of depressive symptoms in surgically-treated severe adult spinal deformity patients on health-related quality of life outcomes has...

Stryker Tritanium PL cage displays superior bone in-growth to PEEK-only and...

A pre-clinical study of Stryker’s new 3D-printed, highly-porous Tritanium PL interbody cage has found that using the device can result in “statistically superior range-of-motion,...

Seven-year data find Zimmer Biomet’s Mobi-C statistically superior to ACDF

Zimmer Biomet has announced results of a seven-year outcomes study demonstrating statistical superiority of its Mobi-C cervical disc prosthesis vs two-level anterior cervical discectomy...

K2M launches Cascadia interbody systems in the USA

K2M logo
K2M has launched its award-winning Cascadia interbody systems, featuring the company’s Lamellar 3D titanium technology in the USA at the 2016 North American Spine...

Life Spine introduces two new TLIF products at NASS 2016

Life Spine has introduced two new transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) products at the 2016 annual meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS;...

Stryker launches Ascential implant and delivery solution at NASS 2016

Ascential (Stryker), an implant and delivery solution for lower acuity spinal procedures in the ambulatory surgery centre (ASC) and hospital settings, has been introduced...

Globus Medical launches Quartex occipito-cervico-thoracic stabilisation system

Globus Medical has launched the Quartex occipito-cervico-thoracic (OCT) stabilisation system. According to a company release, the product offers a variety of solutions to the...

Genesys Spine debuts TiLock cortical spinal system at NASS 2016

Genesys Spine has released the TiLock cortical spinal system, launching the product at the North American Spine Society’s 2016 annual meeting (NASS). TiLock cortical spinal...

DeGen Medical introduces Latitude-C Porous Ti cervical interbody spacer

  DeGen Medical has introduced the Latitude-C Porous Ti cervical interbody spacer, an extension of the company’s Latitude-C product line. According to a company release,...

DiscGenics granted 9 new patents for DiscoGenic Cell technology

DiscGenics has been granted 9 new patents, expanding its intellectual property portfolio within both the US and globally to 24 issued patents. The new...

US CMS to provide increased 2017 reimbursement for minimally invasive sacroiliac...

The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its 2017 Final Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center...

Improved outcomes found for lumbar discectomy with Amniox Clarix

A prospective randomised clinical study of Amniox’s Clarix regenerative matrix used as an adjunct to lumbar discectomy has found statistically significant improvements on Oswestry...

Signus receives US FDA 510(k) clearance for Diplomat posterior pedicle screw...

Signus has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the new Diplomat pedicle screw system. The Diplomat has been developed...

First US surgeries performed with 4Web Medical’s curved posterior spine Truss...

4Web Medical has announced that the first surgeries using the company's Curved Posterior Spine Truss system (PSTS) for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedures have...

NASS announces 2016 Recognition Award winners

During its 31st Annual Meeting, the North American Spine Society (NASS) announced the winners of its prestigious 2016 Recognition Awards. NASS presents four annual...

Smoking may interfere with intrinsic healing processes in spinal cord

According to a new study presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS), tobacco use may harm the body’s...

The Spine Journal and NASS announce 2016 “Outstanding Paper” awards

The Spine Journal and the North American Spine Society (NASS) have announced three winners of the 2016 Outstanding Paper Awards at NASS’ 31st Annual...

NASS appoints F Todd Wetzel 2016-17 president at annual meeting

During the 31st Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS), F Todd Wetzel was named NASS president for 2016-17. Wetzel is an...

A positive attitude does not always lead to positive results in...

According to a new study presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS), high expectations of pain improvement before...

No increase in pregnancy-related back pain, complication or sexual dysfunction following...

Surgery for female adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients appears to have no impact on complication rates for future pregnancy, according to data presented at the...

Long-term follow-up of AIS surgical treatment reveals “less than ideal” results

An analysis of ≥10 year outcomes data for patients treated surgically for major thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) has found that 23% of the...

Team-based approach “significantly improves” surgical outcomes

Implementing a team-based approach to paediatric spinal surgery “significantly improves surgical and perioperative outcomes”, according to new research presented at the Scoliosis Research Society...

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center joins Invivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, USA has been added as a clinical site for the INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit...

Study finds open placebo treatment reduces back pain

For patients with chronic back pain, "open" treatment with placebo—informing patients that they are taking an inactive pill, and why it might be helpful—leads...

Titan Spine doubles US sales team

Titan Spine has doubled its sales management team with the addition of nine new members. According to a company release, this is to meet...

US FDA clears Medicrea’s paediatric Pass XS and LigaPass XS components

The Medicrea Group has received two 510(k) clearances from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Pass XS posterior fixation and LigaPass...

Study finds significant logistical improvements associated with use of Safe Orthopaedics’...

A randomised study has found reduced pre- and postoperative logistics times, as well as a complete elimination of logistics incidents, across 40 surgeries with...

Precision Spine to introduce MD-Vue lateral access system at NASS 2016

Precision Spine will introduce its MD-Vue lateral access system at the North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting October 26-29 in Boston, USA. According...

Calgary centre added as new Canadian InVivo Therapeutics INSPIRE study site

The Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary has been added as a Canadian clinical site for InVivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit...

SpineGuard to launch PedGuard Threaded drilling device at NASS 2016

SpineGuard is to launch its next-generation PediGuard “Threaded” device using the company’s Dynamic Surgical Guidance technology the 31st annual meeting of the North American...

US FDA approves Spineology Rampart devices with allograft bone

Spineology has obtained US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-clearance for the use of allograft bone with its Rampart Interbody Fusion Devices. “This approval and our...

Gut microbiome changes could exacerbate spinal cord injury effects

Researchers from the Ohio State University (Columbus, USA) have discovered that spinal cord injury alters the type of bacteria living in the gut, and...

One-year Zyga SImmetry data supports sacroiliac joint fusion with decortication

Zyga Technology has released 12-month fusion and clinical results for patients receiving SImmetry sacroiliac joint fusion with decortication. Study results were presented at the...

Norgine Ventures acquires SpineVision

Norgine Ventures BV has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SpineVision SA, an integrated spinal technology company focused on the development and marketing...

Mazor Robotic receives first pre-launch orders for Mazor X system

Mazor Robotics has announced that it received purchase orders for 25 systems during the third financial quarter of 2016, including pre-launch orders for the...

ChoiceSpine appoints Christy Cote as vice president of Biologics

ChoiceSpine has announced the appointment of Christy Cote as vice president of Biologics. According to a company release, she is a business leader with...

SI-Bone submits INSITE data to Yale University Open Data Access programme

SI-Bone has submitted INSITE (Investigation of Sacroiliac Fusion Treatment) two-year randomised controlled trial data to Yale University's Open Data Access (YODA) programme. INSITE is a...

New EOS system opened at the Charité Hospital in Berlin

The Charité–Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin, Germany has started to provide patient exams with its new EOS imaging system. Charité is a leading hospital in...

Bone Therapeutics reports positive efficacy data for Allob phase 2A spinal...

Bone Therapeutics has reported positive efficacy data for its phase IIA spinal fusion trial with Allob. Results of the first half of patients in...

Alphatec reduces workforce by 20%

Alphatec Holdings, the parent company of Alphatec Spine, has announced a reduction in the company's workforce and changes to the company's executive leadership team. Michael...

Stryker launches new Lite Bio delivery system

Stryker’s Spine division has announced the launch of its Lite Bio delivery system, a hand-held device used to facilitate delivery of bone graft material...

K2M expands 3D-printed MIS Cascadia lateral interbody system

K2M has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand its Cascadia lateral interbody system, featuring the company’s Lamellar...

Titan Spine initiates full US launch of new NanoLock surface technology

Titan Spine has expanded the distribution of its line of Endoskeleton titanium implants featuring the company’s new proprietary NanoLock surface technology to all of the...

Two-thirds of NFL players resume careers after surgery in the cervical...

The majority of US National Football League (NFL) players who undergo surgery for a herniated disc in the cervical spine are able to resume...

Ohio judge dismisses hundreds of off-label Medtronic Infuse patient lawsuits

US district court judge, Timothy S Black (Southern Ohio, USA) has dismissed the accusation of several hundred plaintiffs that they have been treated off-label...

Frailty may be under-recognised in older surgery patients

Identifying frailty in older patients could increase their chances of surviving surgery, as well as improve their overall outcomes, according to a new study...

US$5 million granted to spinal cord injury robotics research project

Studies have shown that activity-based interventions can offer a promising approach to the improvement of motor function following spinal cord injury. Sunil Agrawal, professor...

Cost-effectiveness of interspinous process device implantation “highly unlikely”

A Dutch cost-utility study published in The Spine Journal argues that implantation of interspinous process devices as an indirect decompressing measure is “highly unlikely...

Vertebral augmentation significantly reduces pain in patients with cervical spinal metastases

Rafael De la Garza-Ramos (Monterrey, Mexico, currently resident at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, USA) and others report in the International Journal of Spine Surgery...

NSpine 2017 early bird registration opens with International Philipp Zorab Symposium...

Early bird registration for NSpine 2017 has opened, offering discounted registration until 30th November. NSpine is collaborating with the British Scoliosis Research Foundation and NuVasive...

Mainstay Medical ReActiv8-B clinical trial enrols first subject

The first subject has been enrolled in the ReActiv8-B Clinical Trial of the Mainstay Medical ReActiv8 device. The trial is intended to gather data...

ApiFix system reaches 100-patient milestone

The ApiFix system has now been used to correct scoliosis in 100 patients with a first case at the Paul Gerhardt Diakonie hospital in...

Mainstay Medical ReActiv8-A sustains performance at one year in clinical trial

Mainstay Medical has announced the one-year results from the ReActiv8-A Clinical Trial, an international, multi-centre, prospective, single arm trial for ReActiv8 in people with...

Spineology expands relationship with US Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation

Spineology has expanded its relationship with Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), the USA’s leading tissue bank. MTF will now be the sole tissue provider for...

Ulrich medical USA releases uCerv titanium cervical interbody system

Ulrich medical has announced the US market release of its uCerv titanium spinal implants as an adjunct to its current uCerv PEEK Optima interbody...

Band-Lok announces first surgery of pedicle-sparing polyester band spinal technology

Band-Lok has announced the performance of the first spinal surgery using the company’s pedicle-sparing polyester band technology. Mike Albert performed the first case on August...

NuVasive receives US FDA 510(k) clearance for the Magec implantation using...

NuVasive has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the company’s Magec system to be surgically implanted using its...

US FDA clears Life Spine’s Pro-Link Ti stand-alone cervical spacer system

Life Spine has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) marketing clearance to the company’s Pro-Link Ti stand-alone cervical...

Small Inspired Spine study shows significant reduction in back pain following...

A small study from Inspired Spine has found a significant reduction in back pain following minimally invasive direct thoracic interbody fusion (MIS-DTIF). The study included...

US FDA clears growing spine application components for K2M’s Mesa...

K2M logo
K2M has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for screw and connector components for its Mesa spinal system. This...

Tuberculous lumbar spinal epidural abscess in a young adult: A case...

Tuberculous spinal epidural abscess is an uncommon pathology that needs an urgent intervention to decompress pressure on the spinal epidural sac, cord and roots,...

Majority of women experience changes in sexual function following anterior spinal...

Patient
A study from NSpine has shown that a majority of women experience problems in sexual function following anterior spinal surgery. The study, which was...

First successful procedures performed with Implanet Jazz Lock implant

Implanet has announced successful results for the first surgical procedures using the Jazz Lock. Having obtained CE marking and 510K clearance, Jazz Lock has been...

Carolinas HealthCare System purchases EOS system

EOS imaging has sold an EOS system to the Carolinas HealthCare System (Charlotte, USA). The system will be located at a dedicated imaging centre in...

Christopher Bono

Christopher Bono’s interest in surgery was piqued after watching live operations on television as a teenager. After training and working in New York, USA,...

Vexim signs South African distribution agreement with Creatori Health

Vexim has signed an agreement with Creatori Health for the distribution of its portfolio in South Africa. Vexim’s portfolio gained reimbursement from one of the...

Spinal News International Issue 40 – September 2016

Highlights:- Risk stratification is not a “universal language”, numerous IMAST presentations find - Posterior BMP-2 use does not lead to increased cervical deformity surgery-related complications - UHMWPE cable feature -...

Researchers devise new scanning technique to produce high-resolution 3D images of...

Chemists from Trinity College Dublin, (Dublin, Ireland) in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI), have devised a new scanning technique...

Most elderly health insurance patients in Japan undergo non-surgical treatment for...

A large Japanese study has found that a significant number of spinal stenosis patients using health insurance claims are elderly people (>80 years), with...

Alphatec Holdings completes sale of international business to Globus Medical

Alphatec Holdings, the parent company of Alphatec Spine, has completed the sale of its international operations and distribution channel to Globus Medical. With the...

Higher risk of safety issues with medical devices first approved in...

Thomas J Hwang (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA) and others report in the British Medical...

Andrew King: My experience with patient-specific rods

The use of computers to map the spine, to plan surgery, and to aid in the manufacturing of medical devices is becoming increasingly common...

First injection of AST-OPC1 stem cells for spinal cord injury takes...

A team of doctors from Keck Medical Center of the University of Sourthern California (Los Angeles, USA) have become the first in the US state...

Three-dimensional graphene could be used to make bone implants

Flakes of graphene welded together into solid materials may be suitable for bone implants, according to a study led by Rice University (Houston, USA)...

More than a third of adult spinal deformity patients experience at...

According to new research from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, USA, 36.5% of patients undergoing surgical treatment for adult spinal...

Vexim SpineJack and Masterflow registered in Australia for vertebral fracture treatment

Vexim has received regulatory approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration to commercialise its SpineJack and the cement delivery system, Masterflow, in Australia. According to a...

Transpedicular interbody fusion: A new advancement in percutaneous spinal surgery

Today, transcutaneous spinal fixation is efficient in terms of solidity and reduction. Achieving real fusion remains a problem, however, as does the successful navigation...

Posterior BMP-2 use does not lead to increased cervical deformity surgery-related...

Whilst a number of studies have assessed the incidence of complications in association with posterior BMP-2 (bone morphogenetic protein-2) use, researchers from the International...

Vertebroplasty trumps placebo in treatment of painful spinal fractures

On 17 August, a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial—the VAPOUR trial—was published online ahead of print in The Lancet. Six-month data from the trial...

Tubular retractor: A new paradigm in spinal surgery

The variety of procedures in spinal surgery is extensive. While anterior and posterior open approaches are the conventional approaches, it is the posterior approach...

Siemens Healthineers: High-end imaging in spinal surgery

Minimally invasive approaches to spinal surgery can lead to less blood loss, faster rehabilitation and a reduction in patient scarring. However, these procedures may also lead...

AESCULAP® XP: Interbody fusion implants

AESCULAP®’s Plasmapore® titanium coating has evolved over the past thirty years. From its 1986 commercial introduction on the BICONTACT hip implant system to its 1995 application...

F-MARC data “strongly depict” increased prevalence of low back pain in...

This year’s Spineweek meeting (Singapore; 16–20 May) featured a number of presentations from F-MARC, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Medical Assessment and...

Complication risk of minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion surgery may be...

A study using US insurance data has shown the risk of complication and the incidence of novel lumbar pathology following minimally invasive sacroiliac joint...