Medtronic announces new curette for treatment of vertebral compression fractures


Medtronic has announced the launch of the new Kyphon Express Curette for scraping or scoring bone in the spine, including during treatment of vertebral compression fractures with minimally invasive Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty.

The Kyphon Products Division of Medtronic Spinal and Biologics is showcasing the new curette, along with the recently launched Kyphon Cement Delivery System (CDS) and Kyphon ActivOs 10 Bone Cement with Hydroxyapatite (HA), at the North American Spine Society (NASS) meeting in Orlando, 5–9 October, and at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) annual meeting 16-21 October, in San Francisco, USA.

The Kyphon Express Curette is designed to maximise control when scraping or scoring bone in the spine and is available in T-tip with a torque resetting device to allow for easy resetting of the device when the tip encounters excess torsion. It is compatible with Kyphon Express access tools in the size 2 offering, the company said.

“As the leader and inventor of Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty, Medtronic is committed to the continued advancement of this important and specialised treatment to ensure the best outcomes for patients who suffer from debilitating spinal fractures,” Alex DiNello, vice president and general manager of the Kyphon Products Division, stated in the release. “Since we introduced balloon kyphoplasty in 2000, an estimated 800,000 fractures have been treated worldwide with Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty by approximately 14,500 trained spine specialists.”