LDR announces first surgeries using ROI-C cervical cage with titanium coating


LDR has announced the initial implantations of the ROI-C titanium-coated cervical cage. The first surgeries were performed by Mark Giovanini, a board-certified neurosurgeon specialising in minimally invasive spine surgery in Pensacola, USA, and Neil Romero, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specialising in minimally invasive spine surgery and arthroplasty in Lafayette, USA.

Giovanini said, “The addition of ROI-C titanium-coated implants is a big step forward. ROI-C’s VerteBRIDGE plating system makes for procedural simplicity, and I could feel the additional friction provided by the titanium coating.” Romero added, “ROI-C already requires fewer steps than most other systems on the market, and the addition of titanium coating is a great enhancement. Having the radiolucency of PEEK combined with the roughness of the plasma sprayed titanium all in one implant is beneficial.”

The ROI-C titanium-coated implant system offers a porous plasma-sprayed titanium coating on both the superior and inferior surfaces of the radiolucent PEEK-OPTIMA cage. The titanium-coated version is available in four footprints, five heights, and in both an anatomic dome and flat lordotic implant design. With ROI-C’s inline implantation method, an angled approach is not necessary to deploy the VerteBRIDGE plating. This allows for a small incision and a streamlined approach, which may be especially beneficial at the superior and inferior levels of the cervical spine, according to a company press release.

Christophe Lavigne, president and chief executive officer of LDR, commented, “We are pleased to offer surgeons a new option for our already best-in-class ROI-C cervical cage system, which accounts for a majority of the over 100,000 implantations of VerteBRIDGE plating worldwide. The patented in-line plating technology makes optimal use of a minimally-invasive surgical technique and, consistent with LDR’s Minimal Implant Volume (MIVo) surgery philosophy, gains stability while leaving less hardware in the patient than would a conventional discectomy and fusion with an anterior cervical plate and screws.”

Lavigne continued, “In support of our strategic focus on cervical motion preservation with the Mobi-C cervical disc, the ROI-C cervical cage represents an attractive option for patients not indicated for cervical disc who may benefit from cervical fusion instead.”