Camber Spine, a leading innovator in spinal and medical technologies, has announced the first surgeries using the company’s proprietary SPIRA™-C Open Matrix Cervical Interbody device, a unique, interbody fusion implant consisting of spiral support arches and Surface by Design™ technology.
The first case using the Spira™-C took place on 8th January 2018, and Camber Spine has since announced the 100th implantation of Spira™-C. Of this achievement, Paul Sendro, vice president of sales and operations at Camber Spine, comments: “We were able to hit 100 in a little over two months. This is selling at a faster rate than our PEEK Cervical implants, which might be attributed to the market interest in 3D printed titanium implants with the research that has come out over the years.”
Michael Dorsi, of Ventura Neurosurgery, was one of the first surgeon design-team members to perform a multilevel procedure using SPIRA™-C this past week. Dorsi comments: “I really appreciate the design of this implant. Upon insertion, I feel as though the cage has immediate stability because of the roughened surface, which provides significant friction. The arched design has large openings, which allows for significant graft packing and creates a snowshoe-like effect of distributed load sharing which should decrease the risk of subsidence. The open matrix architecture eliminates the need for the central lumen in traditional cervical cages, potentially speeding up the mechanical fusion process, optimising clinical and fusion outcomes.”
SPIRA™-C was designed to address surgeon frustrations associated with traditional cervical interbody devices such as the need for immediate stability. SPIRA™-C was developed for Camber Spine under a collaborative agreement with the Institute for Musculoskeletal Science and Education (IMSE), an independent, full-service product development and engineering services company. With an extensive faculty of dedicated physicians, IMSE leverages the collaborative balance between engineering and surgeon ingenuity to create next-level medical devices. The SPIRA™-C design team included several John Hopkins trained Neurosurgeons, all with extensive backgrounds treating complicated cervical pathologies.
“Surgeon design team members are a key component to our success”, says Seth Anderson, founding partner and vice president of Surgeon Relations. “The insight they provide helps us create smarter solutions, maximising technological advances and ultimately driving innovation in minimally invasive spine surgery. We are fortunate to have an esteemed surgeon such as Dr. Dorsi on our team helping us turn surgeon frustrations into innovations. There is a lot of excitement around the SPIRA™ technology platform and we expect products like SPIRA™-C and SPIRA™ALIF to fuel our continued sales growth.”
SPIRA™-C is the second in the SPIRA™ family to employ a novel arched design, as well as Surface by Design™ technology specifically designed to increase fusion rates and stabilisation. The spiral support arches decrease subsidence by load sharing over the entire endplate, while also maximising bone graft capacity. The Surface by Design™ technology is a deliberately designed roughened titanium surface that facilitates “mechanical fusion” bone ingrowth through an optimised pore diameter of 500μm, strut thickness and trabecular pattern.