Medtronic has announced the US launch of the Discyphor Direct catheter system, a second-generation catheter system used by physicians to obtain additional information to diagnose discogenic low back pain.
The Discyphor Direct system provides additional information to help identify which disc is causing a patient’s pain. More than 100,000 patients annually undergo spinal surgery for discogenic low back pain in the US, but patient satisfaction from such surgeries is mixed.
Robert White, president of Kyphon and Interspinous Process Decompression Devices for the Spinal and Biologics at Medtronic, which markets the Discyphor product line, said, “Both patients and physicians will benefit from this new system because of its improved ease of use and a needle that is designed with an atraumatic or blunt tip.”
With the Discyphor Direct Catheter System, physicians use Medtronic’s innovative Functional Anaesthetic Discography (FAD) procedure that identifies a patient’s discogenic pain by anaesthetising each suspect disc individually.