Benvenue Medical launches Blazer Vertebral Augmentation System at SIR


Benvenue Medical has launched the Blazer Vertebral Augmentation System for vertebral compression fractures in the USA at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 37th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, USA (24–29 March 2012). 

Blazer is a circular cavity creation device used in minimally invasive vertebral augmentation procedures that can be performed in a spine specialist’s office or in a hospital setting.

The device is indicated for the treatment of pathological compression fractures of the vertebral body that result from osteoporosis, benign lesions, or malignant lesions, by creating cavities via multiple channels in the existing spinal bone structure for the flow of bone cement. Blazer uses a nitinol wire that is percutaneously inserted and strong enough to penetrate bone to create cavities. Bone cement is then delivered into the fracture following the cavities created by Blazer providing controlled distribution of the cement fill.

The benefits of Blazer for spine specialists include:

  • Predictable cavity creation
  • Targeted delivery of cement
  • Minimally invasive, unilateral approach

“Blazer is a device unlike any other that is commercially available. It allows physicians to treat the most basic and the most complex fractures efficiently,” said Francis Facchini, VIR Chicago Hinsdale, USA. 

“Benvenue has developed a toolbox to treat painful vertebral compression fractures as all fractures are not the same. We believe the Blazer system is the best in class mechanical cavity creator available on the market today,” said Robert Weigle, CEO, Benvenue Medical. “Blazer compliments our Kiva VCF Treatment System, currently under an IDE study named KAST.  Together, our products will be able to address the majority of patients suffering from vertebral compression fractures.”

The Blazer Vertebral Augmentation System is available for sale in the United States and Canada.