DePuy Spine announced the worldwide launch of the award-winning Viper 3D MIS correction set, the first surgical instrumentation system designed specifically for the minimally invasive three-dimensional correction of complex spinal deformities. The announcement was made at the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) 46th Annual Meeting.
“The Viper 3D set makes performing complex corrections through small incisions less challenging and should help surgeons offer the minimally invasive option to more patients,” said Praveen Mummaneni, University of California, San Francisco, USA, and a member of the Viper 3D surgeon design team.
The three-dimensional correction of the spine for complex pathologies, such as adult degenerative scoliosis or adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, involves aligning an abnormal spinal curvature in three directions front to back, left to right and top to bottom. The majority of these pathologies are currently treated through traditional open surgery.
The Viper 3D set, used with either the Viper MIS spine system or Expedium spine system, is designed to facilitate a minimally invasive approach, which typically results in smaller incisions, less pain, lower infection rates, less blood loss and quicker recovery than traditional open surgery.
The set includes the MIS Rod Inserter/Rotator for 360 degree correction, a spondy reduction lever to control sagittal alignment, derotation and correction frames, a multi-level compression and distraction device to control orientation at individual levels and approximation tools for seamless rod reduction.
Viper 3D was recently recognised for innovation with two awards: a 2011 Edison Best New Product Award for innovation in the science and medical category and the Johnson Medal, a Johnson & Johnson award given for outstanding science and technology for contributions to a product through innovation, patient impact, and perseverance to success.
The Viper system and Viper 3D set can accommodate any combination of polyaxial, uniplanar, monoaxial, iliac fixation, or extended tab reduction (X-Tabs) screws in either an MIS or open setting. This enables surgeons to customise technique based on patient needs and surgical preferences.