RTI Surgical has announced the first surgery using the HPS 2.0 Hybrid Performance System, a modular pedicle screw system used for mono- and multi-segmental rigid, hybrid or dynamic posterior stabilisation of the thoracolumbar spine. William Sears, a neurosurgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, performed the surgery at Sydney Adventist Hospital in Sydney, Australia.
The rigidity of segments treated with spinal fusion surgery can result in abnormal, increased loads on adjacent, untreated segments, which can lead to adjacent segment degeneration (ASD) and cause new symptoms. According to a press release, the HPS 2.0 Hybrid Performance System offers an alternative to conventional, rigid implant systems by providing the option of dynamically stabilising one or more segments adjoining a fusion, which may reduce the length of the fusion while preserving motion, help to alleviate pain and reduce the risk of ASD.
“I have been pleased with my experiences using the HPS Hybrid Performance System to decrease the risk of adjacent segment degeneration, alleviate pain and improve outcomes for my patients,” said Sears. “I’m excited about the major improvements the HPS 2.0 system brings, and I look forward to working with RTI to develop more clinical data supporting its effectiveness.”
The HPS 2.0 Hybrid Performance System features significant updates to the HPS system’s clinically proven DSS coupler technology, which enables restoration of segmental stability while preserving motion and reducing the mechanical burden on adjacent segments. Other improvements to the HPS 2.0 system include the ability to use couplers at multiple segments and substantial enhancements to the screw shank, head design and coupler and rod inserters.
The HPS 2.0 Hybrid Performance System is currently under limited market release in Australia and Europe in preparation for a full commercial launch in Australia, Europe and Taiwan. The HPS Hybrid Performance System and HPS 2.0 Hybrid Performance System are not available in the United States.