Medtronic launches the Atlantis Vision Elite Anterior Cervical Plate System in the USA


Medtronic announced the US launch of the Atlantis Vision Elite Anterior Cervical Plate System, on 10 March 2011. This system is designed to provide stability during spinal fusion.

The Atlantis Plate System is a titanium implant used to treat patients who suffer from degenerative disc disease that affects the cervical spine. There are an estimated 180,000 cervical fusion procedures performed in the United States each year to relieve compression on the spinal cord or nerve roots.

This innovative system combines two existing Medtronic technologies in one platea quarter turn locking mechanism designed to prevent the screws from backing out or loosening during spinal fusion, and a plate design that offers surgeons visibility to better view the spine.

“The Atlantis Vision Elite Anterior Cervical Plate System is the newest addition to the Atlantis System family of products, which has over 12 years of clinical history,” said Doug King, senior vice president and president of Medtronic Spinal. “This system further differentiates our anterior cervical fixation portfolio by building on the clinical experience and innovation of the Atlantis platform. It is the result of the merging of two of our market leading technologies into one implant.”

This system is intended for anterior interbody screw fixation from C2 to T1. It is indicated for use in the temporary stabilisation of the anterior spine during the development of cervical spinal fusions in patients with degenerative disc disease, fractures, tumours, deformity such as kyphosis, lordosis or scoliosis, pseudarthrosis, and/or failed previous fusions.

This system consists of a variety of shapes and sizes of bone plates, screws, and associated instruments. Fixation is provided by bone screws inserted into the vertebral body of the cervical spine using an anterior approach.

Potential risks associated with the use of the device include, but are not limited to: bending, and/or breakage of any or all of the components, screw loosening and/or back out, and tissue or nerve damage caused by improper positioning and placement of implants or instruments.

Since the initial launch of the Atlantis system in 1998, more than one million patients have benefited from this technology. The Atlantis Vision Elite Anterior Cervical Plate System incorporates technology developed by Gary K. Michelson.