InVictus OCT posterior fixation system for the cervical and thoracic spine launched 


Alphatec Holdings has announced the launch of the InVictus occipital-cervical-thoracic (OCT) spinal fixation system, which extends the sophistication of the InVictus posterior fixation platform to the entire spine. A company press release claims the InVictus system is engineered to provide adaptable, predictable surgical treatment of a range of pathologies through open, minimally invasive surgery (MIS), or hybrid approaches.

“The speed by which we have created and fully launched a comprehensive occiput-to-ilium fixation system with InVictus is unprecedented,” said Pat Miles, chairman and chief executive officer. “In less than two years, ATEC has orchestrated, from design to commercialisation, the largest system our teams have ever released. This speaks to the prowess of the Organic Innovation Machine. With the release of InVictus OCT, we are obviating the last of the legacy Alphatec products and can now offer a clinically distinct platform capable of seamlessly treating the entire spine.”

The company claims that the InVictus OCT minimises potential tulip splay and cross-threading, utilising helical flange technology. According to InVictus, the system gives surgeons the option of utilising single- or dual-rod tulips to create multi-rod constructs that cross the occipito-cervical junction with increased biomechanical stability. To address the challenges commonly associated with crossing the cervico-thoracic junction, the system features multiple favoured-angle screws, a variety of rod-to-rod connectors and seamlessly integrating transition rods, reports the company. Furthermore, it is claimed that to enhance predictability and optionality, the system is fully compatible with the SafeOp Neural InformatiX system, Arsenal spinal fixation system, and the InVictus spinal fixation system.

“The commercial release of InVictus OCT cements ATEC as the emerging leader in spine,” affirmed Timothy Kuklo, principal spine surgeon and co-director at the Denver International Spine Center at Presbyterian / St. Luke’s Medical Center (Denver, USA). “InVictus OCT extends the InVictus posterior fixation system, creating a single system that can address the entire spine from occiput to ilium with the familiar and consistent instrument design, colour coding, and nomenclature that surgeons have become accustomed to through the InVictus Thoracolumbar systems. Expertly designed for ease of use, InVictus OCT offers a thread design that simplifies screw insertion, visual and tactile feedback, proximal thoracic transition options and a four-rod occipital module.  ATEC has clearly developed a best-in-class occipital-cervical solution.”

The company reports that key features of the InVictus OCT spinal fixation system include:

  • Integrates with SafeOp Neural InformatiX system to predictability provide surgeons with real-time, actionable information to detect and monitor the health of nerves at risk during posterior fixation
  • Adapts intraoperatively to surgical requirements with robust instruments and customisable implants designed to accept multiple rod diameters and materials, which enables the treatment of more advanced pathologies
  • Offers multiple favoured-angle screws, a variety of rod-to-rod connectors, and transition rods that work in combination to facilitate crossing the cervico-thoracic junction
  • Integrates with InVictus spinal fixation system to achieve additional levels of fixation


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