Medtronic has announced the US launch of the Infinity Occipitocervical-Upper Thoracic (OCT) System designed to simplify posterior cervical spine surgery. A company press release describes the Infinity OCT System as a procedural solution that integrates navigation and biologics with Medtronic’s existing devices and instrumentation for fusion procedure workflows for the upper back and neck.
The announcement was made during the 2018 North American Spine Society annual meeting (26–29 September, Los Angeles, USA).
The Infinity OCT System is used to immobilise and stabilise the spine while it fuses. The system features several innovative components—including a multi-axial screw with 60 degrees of angulation in any direction, a set screw (locking cap) with a quick-start thread to minimise cross threading, 3mm and 5.5mm diameter screws for expanded patient demographics and clinical applications. The system has a full spectrum of implant materials and sizes.
“Some of our posterior cervical patients arrive in critical condition and their lives depend on our surgical skills and the performance of the tools we use to treat them,” says Greg Trost, neurosurgeon at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (Madison, USA). “With Infinity, I can focus on delivering the best patient care during complex procedures knowing that every component was precisely-designed with modularity and versatility in mind. And an integrated procedural solution with Stealth navigation and Infinity was game-changing as a 3D-view of the anatomy allows me the precision to place pedicle screws with confidence and accuracy.”
The Infinity OCT is indicated for certain conditions, including degenerative disc disease, instability or deformity, tumours, and traumatic spinal fractures or traumatic dislocations. Spine trauma can sometimes result in a spinal cord injury. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the 2016 annual incidence of spinal cord injuries in the USA was approximately 54 cases per million people, or about 17,000 cases per year.
“For more than 35 years, Medtronic has partnered with leading spine surgeons to advance new technologies with the goal of improving patient outcomes,” says Doug King, senior vice president and president of the Medtronic’s Spine division. “We engineered every component of the Infinity OCT System to perform efficiently during the most complex spine procedures, as well as to integrate seamlessly with our market-leading imaging and navigation technologies.”
The Infinity OCT System is available in the USA. The system will be release in geographies around the world throughout 2018 and 2019.