K2M has announced its recent product highlights, including 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market its Caspian occipital anchor spinal system. Other highlights include the introduction of the Serengeti minimally invasive retractor system in Japan and the launch of the Cayman minimally invasive plate system in the USA, Australia, and the UK. A company press release reports that the Caspian is the latest addition to K2M’s complex spine portfolio.
The press release reports that the Caspian occipital anchor spinal system provides surgeons—specifically those in the neurosurgical community—with another option in the Capsian product family, which already includes the Caspian occipital plate. It adds that the new system allows for fixation behind the occiput, anchoring posterior cervical and thoracic constructs to the spine. The system provides a strong alternative to mid-line fixation and allows for flexible implant positioning and accommodates varying patient anatomy.
“CASPIAN Occipital Anchor is a good option for occipital fusions,” states Faheem Sandhu, professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of Spine Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, USA. “The low-profile system helps to maximise the amount of occipital bone for fusion and will be a strong alternative to plate systems, where hardware often obscures the occipital bone.”
According to the press release, the Serengeti is an existing K2M flagship minimally invasive product, which features a flexible polymer Retractor that provides direct visualisation and access to the screw heads to allow for simplified rod insertion. The Retractor is inserted with the screw, allowing for one-step, percutaneous placement of the implants. About the Cayman, the press release says that the plate’s single-level, stackable design allows for one-level and multi-level constructs. The low-profile, four screw construct features K2M’s proprietary tifix locking technology, a plate-screw locking technology whereby each screw head forms an autogenic lock to the plate upon insertion, requiring no additional locking mechanism.
Thomas Reilly, an orthopaedic spine surgeon at Indiana Spine Group, comments: “The Cayman minimally invasive plate allows for the application of low-profile anterior instrumentation after placement of the lateral interbody without having to significantly modify the typical minimally invasive approach. For appropriate patients, this enables use of a stable, stand-alone lateral construct.”