First surgery with Amedica’s Taurus pedicle screw system successful


Amedica has announced the successful completion of the first surgery using its Taurus pedicle screw system.

The surgery was performed by Thomas Scioscia, in Richmond, USA. Scioscia remarked on the features of the system, “The surgery went well and the Taurus system was beneficial. Taurus’ modularity was easy to use and improved visualisation of the disc space. Being able to choose a reduction or standard headbody after the screws were placed was a key benefit. The bite of the screw was great and the screw purchase in osteoporotic bone was excellent. The Taurus cannulated screw integrated well with the navigation system used in surgery.”

The Taurus system received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in November 2016.

The device is intended to immobilise and stabilise the spinal segments to supplement fusion of the lumbar and/or sacral spine. Taurus is a modular degenerative system.

The modular screw can be attached in-situ facilitating screw-to-screw distraction, intended to improve disc space visualisation. The dual-lead screw design is designed to maintain a rapid insertion speed, while improving screw pullout strength. Additionally, the tension head-body should hold its position at any angle, and the patented helical flange technology should eliminate head splay and cross-threading.