Breiten illuminated retractor system launched at NASS


Invuity has announced that it launched a new illuminated retractor system (Breiten) at the North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting (9–12 October, New Orleans, USA). The system can be used for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, anterior cervical corpectomy and other spinal procedures. 

A company press release reports that Breiten combines highly engineered retraction devices with innovative Eigr illumination technology that projects thermally cool, white light uniformly throughout the surgical cavity. It adds that the technology provides a safer surgical environment by virtually eliminating the thermal hazards associated with traditional fibre-optic lighting.

“Traditional lighting sources are inadequate when operating through the smaller incisions used in the anterior approach to cervical discectomy, fusion and corpectomy,” said Richard D Guyer, past president of NASS and chairman of the Texas Back Institute Research Foundation (USA). “Invuity’s Eigr illumination technology allows me to optimise my illumination for the individual patient and procedure, ensuring I have appropriate visualization of the surgical target and, therefore, the best outcomes for my patients.”