CareFusion launches vertebral balloon giving surgeons more options to treat spinal fractures

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CareFusion announced on 28 March 2011 the launch of the 11-gauge vertebral balloon for use in the spinal fracture treatment market.

CareFusion announced on 28 March 2011 the launch of the 11-gauge vertebral balloon for use in the spinal fracture treatment market.

 

This small-sized vertebral balloon now allows interventional radiologists and spine surgeons to repair vertebral compression fractures that have been historically more difficult to treat due to their size and location in the spinal column, including smaller vertebra.

 

The 11-gauge vertebral balloon is inserted through a cannula that is 17% smaller and a balloon shaft that is 25% smaller than any other vertebral balloon on the market. This design miniaturisation helps make the procedure less invasive for patients without compromising the clinical efficacy of the device since it still meets the pressure and volume requirements of legacy vertebral balloons. For clinicians, the tungsten radiopaque tip enables excellent visibility under imaging, helping to ensure safe deployment of the balloon in the vertebral body.

 

“The launch of the 11-gauge vertebral balloon demonstrates the company’s commitment to innovating new devices in the spine market,” said Jim Leitl, senior vice president and general manager of Medical Specialties, Medical Technologies & Services, CareFusion. “With this new product, CareFusion now offers an even more comprehensive system that gives doctors the choice and flexibility to determine and treat spinal compression fractures at the time of patient care.”

 

About the AVAmax Vertebral Augmentation system

 

In March 2010, CareFusion launched the eight- and 10-gauge vertebral balloon as components to the AVAmax Vertebral Augmentation system. In addition to the three different gauge vertebral balloons, the AVAmax Vertebral Balloon is part of an all-in-one system that contains bone cement and delivery instruments for kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty.

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