Intelligent Implant Systems has announced the issuance of a US patent underpinning the Revolution spinal system. Revolution is based on improving the thoraco-lumbar spinal fusion implant procedure by eliminating complicated reusable non-sterile instrument trays and replacing them with one easy-to-use disposable instrument tray.
The company says that the implants, designed specifically for this new approach, provide numerous benefits over previous technology. Intelligent Implant Systems has additional patents on this technology pending in the USA and throughout the world. This patent extends Intelligent Implant Systems’ patent portfolio to 11 issued patents in the USA, with additional foreign patents issued.
The Revolution implant design combines the best of polyaxial screw systems and plating systems into a new implant which has the ability to connect multiple bone screws while adjusting for angulation and distance between the bone screws. This assists the surgeon in connecting implants at different angles without bending or contouring rods or other components. Benefits of the system include accurate and easier connecting of two or more implants and significantly reduced surgical instrumentation and surgical time. Unlike most current systems, the locking mechanism is incorporated within the design, eliminating extra components and steps, such as placing set screws, which can be tedious and introduce the risk of cross threading.
The Revolution system can be implanted using a total of seven instruments, including a new instrument for easy controllable compression and distraction. Additionally, the bone screws are cannulated for use in mini-open and minimally invasive surgical procedures. In addition to the sterile single instrument tray, implants for the system are also sterile, packaged in transparent tubes with a barcode for traceability for each implant. This all-sterile approach has numerous benefits for surgeons, hospitals, and patients, including a streamlined operating room process with fewer trays and instruments, no need to wrap and sterilise instrument trays, simplified inventory tracking, and a reduced risk of infection.