The amount Medicare reimburses for orthopaedic trauma surgery has fallen by nearly one-third over the past two decades, according to a study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. “When adjusted for inflation, reimbursement for common procedures in orthopaedic trauma...
Nexxt Spine has announced the next generation of its standalone cervical system with the launch of Stand Alone Cervical Turn Lock (TL). The recently released TL system incorporates the dual functionality of a cervical interbody and anterior plate with...
Researchers from the University of Calgary, Canada, have developed and validated a clinical prediction scale that can be used to determine which patients are more likely to experience inadequate pain control following elective spine surgery. With this method, spine surgeons...
Cerapedics has announced Health Canada approval of the company’s next-generation bone graft called i-FACTOR+ Matrix, making it the first market to approve the commercial launch of the product. “We are excited to announce Canadian regulatory approval of our next-generation product,...
Wenzel Spine has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Statera Spine, a pre-operative diagnostics and quantitative data software solution that developed to aid treatment decisions for spine patients. Statera Spine is a software enabled spine imaging analytics company...
DiscGenics has announced that it has raised US$50 million in a Series C funding round led by Ci:z Investment with participation from new investors, Eagle Fund SP1 LLP, Medical Incubator Japan (MIJ), and CareNet of Japan. Major follow-on investments...
Researchers from The Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, USA) have designed a new X-ray classification system for adult idiopathic scoliosis that can more precisely define which parts of the spine need correction, which could enhance treatment, communication, and analysis...
Atlas Spine has announced the launch of its HiJAK SA expandable cervical standalone interbody system, the company’s second first-to-market expandable system in 18 months. The first implantation of the HiJAK SA expandable standalone system was performed by neurosurgeon Grant A...
The use of electrical and magnetic stimulation simultaneously has shown promising results and even helped a spinal cord injury patient regain the ability to walk.   The simultaneous stimulation of the motor nerves of the brain and limbs (paired associative stimulation), has yielded promising...
Bilateral L4 dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation has been shown to evoke strong and reproducible motor responses in the upper leg in patients with chronic motor complete spinal cord injury (SCI). In their paper published in Neuromodulation, authors Sadaf...
Life Spine has announced that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the PLATEAU-A Ti Anterior Lumbar Spacer System. “With the increased usage of anterior column reconstruction, PLATEAU-A Ti fills an important portfolio...
As hospitals begin to resume elective procedures, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have outlined a framework for prioritising paediatric spine surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the global health crisis took hold, hospitals across the USA cancelled elective procedures...
A new study published in Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery shows Neo Medical's controlled fixation platform saves costs due to significantly decreased expenses for processing, logistics, decreased rates of contaminated instruments, less operating room (O.R) delays, and potentially lower revision and infection...
Open posterior lumbar interbody fusion should be avoided in the management of lumbar degenerative disc disease (LDDD), concludes a recently published systematic review. The authors, Kuan-Yu Chi and colleagues from Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, write that open posterior lumbar interbody fusion yields a...
joimax has announced a new partnership with Australian medical device distributor, LifeHealthcare. The two companies have entered into a long-term relationship to provide a broader surgical choice for patients considering spinal surgery. “We’re looking forward to working with a partner...
  Zavation Medical Products has announced the launch of both the Z-Span Expandable Anterior Lumbar Plate and the Z-Span Expandable Lateral Lumbar Plate, plates designed for use in the lumbar spine as supplemental fixation devices. The Expandable Anterior Lumbar Plate is...
A study presented as part of the AAOS 2020 Virtual Education Experience has found that topical steroids administered during anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery help reduce swallowing difficulties following the procedure. The findings were presented by lead...
7D Surgical has announced that it has achieved CE mark certification for its Machine-vision Image Guided Surgery (MvIGS) system for spinal surgery. This achievement clears the way for 7D Surgical to commence commercialisation efforts of its spinal platform across...
Cerapedics has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company’s Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) supplement, reducing the enrolment requirement for the ongoing clinical trial, ASPIRE, for P-15L Bone Graft in a single level transforaminal...
Medtronic has entered into a tender offer agreement for the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Medicrea, a developer of artificial intelligence software, predictive modelling and patient specific implants for spinal surgery. The friendly voluntary all-cash tender offer will...
The use of robots to assist in spinal surgery carries a higher complication burden in the introductory phase as surgeons overcome the learning curve associated with the technology, according to a study presented at the 27th Annual Meeting on...
ulrich medical USA has announced the US nationwide commercial release of the Momentum posterior spinal fixation system. The new Momentum rod-screw system includes polyaxial, reduction, and iliac screws, and is compatible with ulrich medical USA's neon3 Universal OCT spinal stabilisation...
With the 2020 edition of the Annual Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST 2020; July 6–December 31) being the meeting’s first ever digital-only event, IMAST chair Han Jo Kim (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York) talks to Spinal News...
Using intrathecal morphine following surgical treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients reduces hospital costs, yields better postoperative pain control and results in a significantly lower opioid requirement than patient-controlled analgesia, according to a study presented as part of the...
Initial results of a US Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial studying use of a novel paraspinous tension band (LimiFlex, Empirical Spine) for the treatment of degenerative spondylolisthesis have been presented online as part of the 27th Annual Meeting on...
A study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) has found a correlation between patient-reported pain at discharge from inpatient surgery and the number of opioids prescribed during the 90-day...
EOS imaging has announced the first installation of its EOSedge platform in Germany at the Asklepios Clinic St Georg in Hamburg. This follows the installation of EOSedge systems in France and North America. “EOSedge brings an innovative breakthrough for musculoskeletal...
Findings of a multicentre, prospective study conducted through the International Spine Study Group (ISSG) and presented at the 27th Annual Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST 2020) have detailed the complication rates associated with surgical treatment of adult cervical...
Spinal Elements has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the Sapphire X device for anterior cervical fixation. Sapphire X is the newest product in its MIS Ultra suite of products aimed at minimising the unintended...
Jean-Pierre Mobasser, Robert Hastings and Dillon Mobasser of the Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine Institute (Indianapolis, USA) and Indiana Spine Hospital (Carmel, USA) share their experience of and strategy for peri-surgical opioid management in spinal surgery patients. The opioid crisis...
The North American Spine Society (NASS) has cancelled its 35th Annual Meeting, which had been due to take place in San Diego, USA, between 7–10 October due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event will instead transition to a...
SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launches of Mariner MIS and Mariner Outrigger spinal fixation systems. “The commercial launches of Mariner MIS and Mariner Outrigger result from meticulous product refinement and creative application of differentiated features,” said Keith Valentine, president...
Many studies published in major spinal surgery journals do not include the full disclosure of researchers’ financial conflicts of interest (COIs), according to a study published in Spine. Authors of the study have called for a standardisation of definitions...
CoreLink has announced the commercial launch and 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the F3D-C2 standalone cervical system. The system is comprised of an additively manufactured spacer with two bone screw anchors secured by a...
Orthofix has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and the first patient implants of the Firebird SI fusion system. The system is designed to compress and stabilise the sacroiliac (SI) joint during fusion, and is the...
A study comparing short-term outcomes of minimally invasive (MI) lumbar decompression surgery to MI lumbar spine fusion surgery found no statistically significant difference in the amount of time patients needed to return to work. Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery...
Mainstay Medical has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company’s premarket approval (PMA) application for ReActiv8, its implantable neurostimulation system to treat intractable chronic low back pain. “ReActiv8 is designed to be a restorative...
SeaSpine has announced the limited commercial launches and completion of initial surgeries of both its NorthStar OCT and Cervical Facet Fusion systems, expanding its procedural offerings for posterior cervical fusion. The NorthStar OCT system brings to market a posterior cervical...

Daniel Riew

One of the world’s foremost specialists in the treatment of the cervical spine, Daniel Riew talks to Spinal News International about his illustrious career. Riew, who has served as the President of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), and...
Robot-assisted technology was found to be superior to freehand techniques for the placement of pedicle screws in a systematic review and meta-analysis of seven randomised controlled trials involving spinal surgery. However the analysis, published in the Global Spine Journal,...
NuVasive has today announced the expansion of its complex spine portfolio with the global commercial availability of Reline 3D, a posterior fixation system for patients suffering from paediatric spinal deformities. The Reline 3D system is optimised for the treatment of...
Sirakoss, a developer of nanosynthetic bone graft substitutes, announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Osteo3 ZP Putty, a nanosynthetic bone graft substitute. Osteo3 ZP Putty has been designed...
An editorial published in The Spine Journal details a series of strategies to mitigate the mental health impact of the provision of spine care during COVID-19. Authored by Victoria Williamson (King’s College London, London & University of Oxford, Oxford,...
The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has announced that its 55th annual meeting, which had been due to take place from 9‒12 September, in Arizona, USA, has been switched to a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement...
Augmedics has announced that its xvision Spine System (XVS), augmented reality guidance system has been successfully used for the first time in a spinal fusion surgery in the USA. The system was used in a spinal surgery procedure by surgeons...
OrthoPediatrics has announced the initial launch of the ApiFix minimally invasive deformity correction system in the USA. Additionally, the company anticipates approximately 20 clinical centres in the country to enter data related to the use of the ApiFix system into...
MiRus has announced that it received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its 3DR (randomised) printed lumbar interbody fusion system which consists of the Callisto 3DR PLIF, Hyperion 3DR TLIF, Calypso 3DR LLIF and the Antares...
4WEB Medical has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Stand-Alone Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Device (ASTS-SA). The new design allows fixation screws to be placed through the truss implant and into the...
Relievant Medsystems has announced the publication of long-term data from the Level I SMART trial showing durability of improvements in pain and function beyond five years for patients treated for chronic low back pain with the Intracept procedure. The...
Microscope-based augmented reality (AR) can be applied successfully to various kinds of spinal procedures, and improves anatomical orientation during surgery, as well as offering potential as a tool for education, a study published in the Global Spine Journal has...
Highlights: Surgeons face pent-up demand for spinal procedures following COVID-19 elective shutdown (pages 1–2) Artificial intelligence in spine care is “here to stay” (pages 1–4) Profile: Daniel Riew (pages 8–9) Feature: Vertebral body tethering (pages 10–11)
Highlights: Surgeons face pent-up demand for spinal procedures following COVID-19 elective shutdown (pages 1–2) Artificial intelligence in spine care is "here to stay" (pages 1–4) Profile: Daniel Riew (pages 8–9) Feature: Vertebral body tethering (pages 10–11)
Standard pedicle screw handling techniques lead to contamination of screws and therefore the screw-bone interface, according to the findings of a prospective multicentre study published in the Clinical Spine Surgery Journal. The study’s corresponding author, Aakash Agarwal (University of...
SpineGuard, has filed a 510(k) regulatory dossier with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), seeking authorisation to commercialise its Dynamic Surgical Guidance (DSG) sensing technology, DSG Connect platform, in the USA. The sensing technology is used to secure...
Meditech Spine has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market the CURE Opel-L (S) system, a new lumbar plate option. The new system expands upon the previously cleared CURE LP plate system and compliments its Talos-A...
Eurospine 2020, which had been due to take place in Vienna, Austria from 6–9 October, will instead be a digital event, organisers have announced. The online congress will be CME accredited and take place over the same dates as the...
Nexxt Spine has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of two lumbar based systems, for anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) and lateral approaches. The milestone will allow the company to commence in-house manufacturing of the two systems...
Centinel Spine has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the manufacturing transfer of both the prodisc C Cervical Total Disc Replacement and prodisc L Lumbar Total Disc Replacement systems to new strategic vendors. The FDA approval for...
Yingda Li and Michael Wang consider the increasing interest in endoscopic techniques in spinal surgery. The authors describe how endoscopic techniques have been incorporated into practice at the University of Miami, and discuss  how they can be used successfully...
The full findings of a global survey of spinal surgeons on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have been published in the Global Spine Journal, and point to “elevated anxiety, uncertainty for the future and the need for standardised...
Cerapedics has announced the publication of results from a clinical trial evaluating i-FACTOR Peptide Enhanced Bone Graft in non-instrumented lumbar fusion surgery in The Spine Journal. The data demonstrate that elderly patients in Denmark treated with i-FACTOR bone graft...
Jonathan Rasouli (Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA) details discussions at the Virtual Global Spine Conference (May 5), which hosted key opinion leaders to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on national education initiatives in spine care. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had...
Neo Medical has announced the closing of a US$13.4 million (CHF 13.2 million) financing round. The funds will be used to finance the company’s global growth and expansion in targeted key markets, Neo Medical said in a press release. Neo...
Precision Spine has launched the Slimplicity HP anterior cervical plating (ACP) system in the USA, which has been designed to enable surgeons to accommodate diverse patient anatomies and pathologies with low profile constrained, semi-constrained or hybrid constructs. The Slimplicity HP...
Camber Spine has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and the nationwide launch for two novel anterior cervical devices, the SPIRA C-Integrated Interbody system, a standalone integrated fixation system, and the FORTICO Anterior Cervical Plating System, a...
NuVasive has announced the expansion of its Advanced Materials Science (AMS) implant portfolio with the commercial launch of the Modulus XLIF dual sided plate, and the receipt of 510(k) clearances from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for...
A study of the use of virtual visits for paediatric spinal deformity patients suggests that telemedicine can provide faster care for patients, with comparable satisfaction. The findings of the study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, should provide...
Astura Medical has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its El Capitan Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) System. El Capitan was designed to provide the widest array of interbody and fixation options, along with...
VIVEX Biologics has announced that the initial clinical trial results of the VAST Trial evaluating VIA Disc were published in The International Journal of Spine Surgery. The paper was the first-ever published 12-month results from Level 1 intradiscal study...
Prism Schneider (Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada) and others write in a commentary in the Canadian Medical Association Journal—because of an increase in domestic violence during the pandemic—healthcare providers should be aware of the signs...
On 18 March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended “limiting non-essential care and expanding surge capacity into ambulatory surgical centres and other areas” to conserve resources and staff for managing COVID-19 patients. However, in a statement...
The last decade proved to be a turning point in the use of advanced technologies in spinal surgery, with developments in areas such as robotics for screw placement, computer-assisted navigation and new techniques for minimally invasive surgery all moving...
Training of spine fellows has been impacted but not diminished as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a paper published online in The Spine Journal. Authored by James E Dowdell and colleagues from the Department of Orthopedic...
Alphatec Holdings (ATEC) has terminated the tender offer agreement (TOA), dated 26 February 2020, under which it was to acquire EOS imaging for up to US$88 million in a combination of cash and equity. EOS imaging is a specialist in...
Telemedicine and virtual consultations are becoming increasingly prevalent in spine care, as healthcare providers seek to adapt practices amid the pandemic. A recent Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) webinar, moderated by Suken A Shah (Wilmington, USA), explored leveraging technology in...
Atlas Spine has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the HiJAK SA expandable standalone cervical interbody system. HiJAK SA joins first-to-market HiJAK AC and the V3 segmental plating system as the latest technology in Atlas Spine’s disruptive...
Life Spine has announced that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the PROLIFT Lateral Fixated system. “PROLIFT Lateral Fixated combines the innovation of the SENTRY Lateral Plate with the technology of the...
Precision Spine has announced the US launch of the Reform MC (midline cortical) system, a top-loading, multiple component, posterior spinal fixation system which consists of cannulated pedicle screws, straight and lordotic rods, and locking cap screws. The Reform MC...
Nexxt Spine has announced the first effective implantation of the Nexxt Matrixx corpectomy system following US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance. The corpectomy cage is an intentionally-engineered 3D printed porous titanium implant. The surgery was performed by Derek Taggard...
Astura Medical has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Sirion lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) system. From initial access with the retractor to the interbody and plating options, the...
As the world’s healthcare communities continue to lead efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, non-essential procedures in a number of fields, including spine care, have been scaled back to preserve resources and protect patients. Speaking to Spinal News International,...
Over 900 spinal surgeons have contributed to research looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their practice, with concerns over availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), and the long term economic and health impacts of curtailment of...
In a brief report in Annals of Internal Medicine, Seongman Bae (Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea) and colleagues report that neither surgical nor cotton masks appear to be an effective approach for preventing the dissemination of SARS-CoV-2 from...

Alex Vaccaro

Alex Vaccaro is the immediate past president of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) and a member representative for AO Spine. He talks to Spinal News International about his career in spine care, how the field has changed since...
Artificial intelligence (AI) has “tremendous potential” to revolutionise comprehensive spine care across areas including patient selection, outcome prediction, research, pre-operative workup and peri-operative assistance, the authors of a large systematic review on the topic have found. Published in the Global...
Tissue Differentiation Intelligence (TDi) has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the SonoVision ultrasound platform, designed for intraoperative access to the spine. SonoVision applies layers of image-processing algorithms to ultrasound images collected...
Centinel Spine has announced US Food and Drug (FDA) approval of two-level indications for the prodisc L lumbar total disc replacement (TDR) system. Centinel Spine now becomes the only company in the world with an FDA-approved lumbar TDR device...
Signus has announced that it has received CE mark approval for two implants in its product portfolio, the BIG ST anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) cage and the JASPIS ST cervical cage. BIG ST is a 3D printed lumbar cage,...
Royal Philips has announced that the US government and Philips agreed to team up to increase the production of hospital ventilators in its manufacturing sites in the USA. Philips plans to double the production by May 2020  and achieve...
Precision Spine has launched worldwide the Reform Ti titanium pedicle screw system, designed to provide increased flexibility, versatility, and visibility to take on challenging degenerative and trauma spine procedures. The Reform Ti system features a titanium tulip and a triple...
Stryker has announced the development of a limited-release emergency response bed to quickly aid healthcare providers with efficient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Relief Bed is a low-cost solution intended to serve frontline healthcare providers. It includes a...
NuVasive has suspended the supply of all Magec rods to the UK and Ireland while the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) reviews the continued use of the device. An urgent field safety notice issued by the manufacturer...
The European Commission (EC) has adopted a proposal to postpone by one year the date of application of the new Medical Devices Regulation (MDR), which was due to come into force on 26 May this year. The postponement, a press...
In a new statement published on 2 April 2020, all 45 societies represented by the US Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)—over 800,000 physicians—emphatically declare their belief that all frontline healthcare professionals must have access to personal protective equipment...
OrthoPediatrics acquired ApiFix Ltd, including its minimally invasive deformity correction (MID-C) system for non-fusion treatment of progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). The transaction has been agreed for 934,768 shares of OrthoPediatrics common stock and US$2 million in cash paid at...
Highlights: Starker than expected radiation from fluoroscopy in TLIF surgery Highlights from ISASS 2020 Profile: Alex Vaccaro Lawrence Lenke discusses technology and the changing role of the spinal surgeon Technological developments in spinal surgery to look out for during...
Highlights: Starker than expected radiation from fluoroscopy in TLIF surgery Highlights from ISASS 2020 Profile: Alex Vaccaro Lawrence Lenke discusses technology and the changing role of the spinal surgeon Technological developments in spinal surgery to look out for during...
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today leapt to the defense of healthcare workers who are heading to work in the face of increasing concerns over personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages as the COVID-19 pandemic cuts trails across the...
SpineGuard has announced that it has received the CE mark for the commercial release of its DSG Connect platform. Already being utilised experimentally in a new strategic high value platform to guide surgical robots, SpineGuard will now apply this platform...
Nexxt Spine has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the Nexxt Matrixx corpectomy system. The Nexxt Matrixx corpectomy system has been cleared for use in the cervical spine (C2-T1) and thoracolumbar spine (T1-L5) in skeletally mature...
OrthoPediatrics has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand the indications for its Response scoliosis system to include neuromuscular implants. This 510(k) clearance represents a significant milestone in the company’s development toward its next...
A study of patients with chronic sciatica caused by lumbar disc herniation has found that microdiscectomy is superior to conservative non-surgical care with respect to pain intensity at six months of follow-up. This was the conclusion drawn by researchers...
During a Q&A section of a European Commission (EC) college meeting on 25 March, EC spokesperson Stefan de Keersmaecker stated that the commission were looking to delay the “entry into force” of the new European medical device regulations (MDR) because of...
Currently with Europe’s highest number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Italy’s healthcare services have been forced to adopt drastic and wide-ranging measures to cope with the epidemic. Speaking to Spinal News International, Pedro Berjano, an orthopaedic...
A viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has offered potential solutions to modifying ongoing randomised clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to “minimise disruption and preserve integrity”, while still ensuring participant health and...
AgNovos Healthcare has announced that its newest investigational product, AGN1 Local Osteo-enhancement Procedure (LOEP) Small Volume (SV) Kit, has been granted Breakthrough Device Designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If cleared by the FDA, the AGN1 LOEP...
The North American Spine Society (NASS) is issuing a call for papers for NASSJ, a new open access journal. NASSJ aims to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge about clinical care, research and education more effectively and efficiently by offering...
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has published guidance for surgeons to curtail recommendations for elective surgical procedures to preserve resources for the care of critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist in surgical decision-making in curtailing cases,...
The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has written to the medical device industry to outline its response to the COVID-19 public health emergency in its day-to-day operations with industry. The letter from...
The North American Spine Society (NASS) has set up a dedicated section on its website to keep spine care providers up to date on practice and regulatory measures to be taken into account due to COVID-19.  In a letter posted on...
Global efforts to tackle the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have seen spine care providers advised to cut back to all but essential procedures to free up resources for healthcare providers in response to the outbreak. The US Centers for...
Life Spine a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spinal disorders has announced a partnership with Gizmo Medical for the production of surgical masks and gowns to meet demand in...
Precision Spine has nationally launched the SureLOK MIS 3L percutaneous screw system in the USA. The SureLOK system can be used in a number of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) approaches. In a press release, Precision Spine said that the system...
NuVasive has issued an urgent field safety notice for the recall of Magec System Model X rods. The notice, issued on 13 February, indicates that separation of an actuator end cap component has been observed in around 0.5% of...
A research collaboration led by Cornell University (Ithaca, USA) professor Lawrence Bonassar has led to the development of a new technique for the treatment of a herniated disc, repairing the disc “like a flat tyre”. The team’s paper describing the...
Steven Glassman charts the development of bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and their use in spinal procedures, as well as current and future uses. BMP was discovered by Marshall Urist, and first reported in Science in 1961. A company named Genetics...
A study of radiation exposure among patients undergoing transforaminal lateral interbody fusion (TLIF) surgery presents a “starker than expected” difference in dosage between patients having intraoperative fluoroscopy-guided procedures than those aided by image-guided navigation (IGN) or robotic assistance. The findings...
Frank Phillips (Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA) was named president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) during the society’s 2020 annual meeting (ISASS20; 26–28 February, Puerto Rico, USA). Phillips is the director of the...
Centinel Spine has announced Steven F Murray as CEO, effective March 16, 2020, succeeding the current chairman and CEO John J Viscogliosi. “As a founder, chairman and CEO of Centinel Spine over a decade ago through the merger and acquisition...
NuVasive has announced the results of a study supporting the use of Attrax Putty as a standalone bone graft substitute for autograft in instrumented thoracolumbar posterolateral lumbar fusion (PLF). The study, “Efficacy of a standalone microporous ceramic vs. autograft...
A number of spine meetings scheduled for the first half of 2020 have been cancelled in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has taken the decision to cancel the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST)...
Following on from studies examining the socioeconomic and racial factors influencing the outcomes from spinal surgery, Jonathan Rasouli (Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA) and colleagues have sought to stratify the outcomes from anterior cervical fusion surgery (ACDF) surgery based upon...
Biogennix has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for an expanded indication for its Agilon moldable bone grafting product. The expanded indication clears Agilon for use in posterolateral spine procedures when mixed with autograft. Biogennix designed Agilon...
DiscGenics has completed enrolment in its Phase 1/2 first-in-human US clinical study of an allogeneic, injectable Discogenic Cell therapy (IDCT) for degenerative disc disease (DDD). The prospective, randomised, double-blinded, vehicle- and placebo-controlled, multicentre clinical study is designed to evaluate the...
Life Spine has received an additional clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Lateral PROLIFT expandable system. The company also announced that they are slated to launch 20 new products, including six micro invasive...
The AO Foundation and icotec ag have announced an agreement for the joint development of a new spinal stabilisation system based on icotec's proprietary BlackArmor Carbon/PEEK composite implant material. “The AO is delighted to partner with icotec ag, and to...
Integrity Implants has announced positive data from a retrospective study demonstrating favourable fusion efficacy with its FlareHawk interbody implant. The study, ‘Transforaminal/posterior lumbar interbody fusion with the FlareHawk expandable interbody fusion device,’ was led by principal investigator Domagoj Coric,...
Preliminary results of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study into two-level cervical total disc replacement (TDR) using a polyetheretherketone (PEEK)-on-ceramic implant (Simplify Medical), showed that the device is associated with significant decreases in pain and disability scores. The findings were presented...
The percentage of patients using opioid medication once or more a day after receiving the Prestige LP cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) (Medtronic) was statistically lower than those undergoing two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), according to 10-year follow-up...
The use of a polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cervical disc allows for significantly improved visualisation of surrounding spinal and neuro structures on postoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans compared to metal implants. This is according to results presented by Domagoj Coric...
Alphatec Holdings (ATEC) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire EOS imaging for a purchase price of up to US$88 million, plus debt retirement of US$33.9 million, in a combination of cash and equity. EOS imaging...
DeGen Medical has announced the first implant of the E3 MIS pedicle screw system at Texas Back Institute in Plano, USA. The minimally invasive procedure was recently performed by Peter Derman, a minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgeon at...
RTI Surgical will showcase its body of clinical data on the SImmetry sacroiliac joint fusion system at the 2020 International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery annual meeting (ISASS20; February 26–28, Puerto Rico, USA). Interim results on 50 patients...
Enrolment has begun in the USA for a new patient study featuring two artificial cervical discs designed by spinal device manufacturer Centinel Spine, the prodisc C Vivo and prodisc C SK. The two discs will be compared to the...
A retrospective review of patients undergoing instrumented spinal surgery has concluded that the use of image-guided navigation may offer an advantage compared to fluoroscopy-assisted and freehand screw placement. This was the finding of James Towner (University of Rochester Medical...
Genesys Spine has announced the launch of its Sacroiliac Joint Fusion system. The system consists of partially threaded and fully threaded implants designed to secure the sacroiliac joint and minimise micro-motion enabling bony fusion. In a press release, Genesys Spine...
Michael Vitale (New York Presbyterian, New York, USA) chairs the Safety in Spine Surgery Summit annual meeting, as well as having co-authored a book on the topic, Safety in Spine Surgery. Ahead of the fifth annual Safety in Spine...
CTL Amedica Corporation has been granted an official patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a screw offset blocking mechanism, which has been designed for and implemented in the company’s MONET Anterior Cervical Fusion System. CTL Amedica plans...
NuVasive has announced the results of a study published in The European Spine Journal, validating the versatility of its MaXcess retractor in prone, single-position eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) and posterior fixation. In the prospective, comparative study, peri-operative outcomes were...
Orthofix Medical has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the STIM onTrack mobile app version 2.1 for use with the company’s bone growth stimulators. The STIM onTrack technology works with the Orthofix Bone Growth Therapy devices. The...
A ten-year analysis of adults presenting with previously untreated adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) has found that patients with unoperated AIS reported low assessment scores for pain, self-image and function in adulthood and scored similar to age-match controls without AIS....
Inspan LLC has announced results from a long-term follow-up clinical study of outpatient L4-L5 lumbar interspinous fixation for degenerative spinal stenosis using the Inspan interspinous fixation device. In a press release, Inspan said that the device fixates the spine...
Medicrea has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for UNiD IB3D patient-matched interbody cages which completes its UNiD ASI (adaptive spine intelligence) platform technology. UNiD IB3D patient-matched interbody cages are 3D-printed titanium implants which allow customisation of the...
The use of peri-operative pregabalin does not reduce the postoperative opioid consumption or pain scores in adolescents after posterior spinal fusion surgery,  a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomised clinical trial has concluded. Findings from the trial, which was authored by Linda...
Life Spine has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Steerable Plateau Ti system. The Steerable Plateau Ti System is available in lengths of 28mm and 32mm and heights...
Virtual reality, including 3D imaging, will play an increasing role in planning complex spinal deformity surgery in the near future, according to Lawrence Lenke (Division of Spinal Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Och Spine Hospital, New York, USA). At the 5th...
Globus Medical has announced the first procedure using the Hedron IA implant, a 3D printed integrated ALIF spacer that leverages anchors or screws for vertebral body fixation. The minimally invasive outpatient procedure was performed at Englewood Health (Englewood, New...
7D Surgical has announced the commercial release of its Universal Tracking Kit which spine surgeons can use to track and visualise almost any rigid surgical instrument on the MvIGS system, including third party vendor taps and screwdrivers. The 7D Surgical...
The North American Spine Society (NASS) has released a guidance document, Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Spine Care: Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain, to assist practitioners who treat adult patients with non-specific low back pain above the...
Surgeons should consider removal or replacement of implants following adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery only in cases where there is recurrent infection or evidence of osteolysis—but rarely in the case of initial acute infections. This was the message from...
Atlas Spine has announced the launch of its V3 guided segmental plating system, expanding the company’s technology solutions for treating complex deformity and degenerative conditions of the cervical spine. In October 2018, the company introduced HiJAK AC, which it described...
  Life Spine has announced today the publication of a white paper examining the immediate restoration of patient disc height, foraminal height and lordosis with the ProLift expandable spacer system. This white paper is one of many papers and studies...
Investigators have found that nanocoated polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages for posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) achieve a better fusion rate than uncoated PEEK cages at one year follow-up—while also having similar safety and efficacy outcomes. These are the conclusions of...
  EOS imaging has announced the first installation of its new EOSedge system in North America at CHU Sainte-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This second EOSedge system installation worldwide follows the first system install in...
Inspired Spine has reached the milestone of completing 1,000 Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) procedures. According to a press release issued by the company, the minimally invasive surgical technique is designed to improve the performance of lumbar interbody fusions...
CoreLink has announced the implantation of over 5,000 3D printed devices using its proprietary Mimetic Metal technology. Mimetic Metal is an additively manufactured technology that combines a lattice framework and inner trabecular pores to emulate the structural, functional and physiological...
Synaptive Medical has announced the US and Canadian availability of updates to its flagship surgical technology product, Modus V, a fully automated robotic digital microscope designed to assist surgeons in the operating room. The latest product updates add 3D visualisation...
Black patients undergoing lumbar spinal fusion surgery have worse outcomes—including higher complication rates, more hospital days, and higher costs—compared to white patients, a study published in Spine suggests. The study team led by Robert S White, (New York Presbyterian Hospital,...
UCB Canada has announced that CIMZIA (certolizumab pegol) for the treatment of adults with severe active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA), has been approved for use by Health Canada. The treatment is targeted at adults with objective signs of inflammation as...
The Medicrea Group has announced that it is in active discussions with potential US strategic partners in the spine industry with the intention to execute one or more strategic agreements that could materialise through a takeover of the company,...
  Cutting Edge Spine has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its EVOL ha-DLIF direct lateral interbody fusion system. The EVOL ha-DLIF is made of PEEK-Optima HA-enhanced material supplied by Invibio Biomaterial Solutions. Cutting Edge...
A review of bleeding and thrombotic complication rates in elective spine surgery patients has suggested that further study is needed to “define the role” of routine deep vein thrombosis (DVT) chemoprophylaxis following elective spine surgery. This is the conclusion...
Medtronic has issued a field safety notice over its Mazor X Surgical System, after reports that certain versions of the device had unexpectedly disconnected from operating tables having been securely attached. The Mazor X Surgical System is a robotic assisted...
Bone Biologics has announced that it has completed a preclinical study, which shows that its rhNELL-1 growth factor effectively promotes bone formation in a phylogenetically advanced spine model. In addition, rhNELL-1 was shown to be well tolerated and there...
IDCT (DiscGenics) has passed the initial safety review of its double blinded clinical study evaluating the allogenic, injectable disc cell therapy in Japanese patients with mild to moderate degenerative disc disease (DDD), DiscGenics has announced. IDCT is a homologous, allogeneic,...
Medicrea has announced that the US Patent Office has recently issued the company seven additional patents related to the UNiD ASI proprietary technology platform. The company’s proprietary UNiD ASI technology is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and is designed to...
Changes in patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) scores must be considerable in order to distinguish a true change from random error in degenerative lumbar spine surgery research, a paper published in the European Spine Journal has found. Authored by Catharina...
Intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) was introduced several decades ago and is an increasingly favourable option for delicate surgeries. A recent study1 indicates that IONM procedures have risen 296% from 2008–2014. So, what is it and how does it benefit spine...
Nuvasive has announced the appointment of Matthew K Harbaugh as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) effective immediately. Harbaugh succeeds Rajesh J Asarpota, who will transition from the company.  In a press release, NuVasive said that Harbaugh brings...
SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of the Mariner Midline posterior fixation system. Mariner Midline is described by SeaSpine as a comprehensive, less invasive posterior fixation system built upon the Mariner platform to simplify the treatment of a wide...
Augmedics has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its xvision Spine system (XVS), an augmented reality (AR) guidance system to be used in spine surgery. The xvision consists of a transparent near-eye...
Life Spine announced today that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the titanium stand-alone ALIF spacer system. The Titanium Stand-Alone ALIF System comes in footprints of 34mm x 24mm, 38mm x 28mm...
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Margareta Nordin

In a career spanning several decades, Margareta Nordin has gained renown for her evidence-based approach to spine care. She talks to Spinal News International about how her early career and education has shaped her thinking. When did you know you...
Spine surgery in patients of advanced age is safe to perform as older age itself is not a risk factor, surgeons from seven institutions in Japan have concluded following a multicentre, prospective study of surgeries performed in patients 80...
RTI Surgical has announced the publication of a study evaluating the in-vivo material characteristics of 3D-printed Polyetherketoneketone (PEKK), TETRAfuse 3D spinal interbody implants compared to Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and Titanium-coated PEEK (Ti-coated) technologies. ‘A comparative study of three biomaterials in...
Aurora Spine has announced the appointment of Jana F Kiena as chief financial officer, effective 17 December 2019. Kiena will help guide and oversee the company’s continued market leadership and financial growth, Aurora Spine said in a press statement. She...
Patient-reported functional outcomes vary considerably after lumbar spinal fusion surgery, a study conducted by David Flum (University of Washington Surgical Outcomes Research Center; Washington; USA) and colleagues has found. But, the variability mainly reflects patient characteristics, rather than differences...
ulrich medical USA has announced the commercial release of its inaugural rod-screw system, the Momentum posterior spinal fixation system.  The Momentum System addresses a comprehensive list of surgical reconstruction needs and includes polyaxial, reduction, and iliac screws, ulrich medical USA...
Empirical Spine has announced completion of enrolment in the investigational arm of its US Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial studying the use of the paraspinous tension band LimiFlex with a decompression for patients suffering from degenerative spondylolisthesis with lumbar...
Outgoing North American Spine Society (NASS) president Jeffrey Wang (Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, USA) talks to Spinal News International about the organisation’s increasing international focus, highlights from the society’s 34th annual meeting (NASS 2019; 25–28 September, Chicago,...
Topical application of tranexamic acid (TXA) before wound closure has been found to have better postoperative blood conserving effects in elective spine surgery, compared to intravenous administration and local infiltration of the drug. This is the finding of a...
RTI Surgical Holdings, has announced that Terry Rich has joined the company as president of Global Spine. In a press statement, RTI said that Rich brings decades of deep spine leadership and commercial success to the role. The company...
EOS imaging has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new generation imaging system, EOSedge. Receipt of FDA 510(k) clearance follows the commercial launch of EOSedge in Europe, Canada and Australia last week....
Results from the COAST-X trial show that patients treated with Taltz (ixekizumab, Eli Lilly and Company) achieved improvement in the signs and symptoms of non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSp). COAST-X is a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled 52-week study evaluating the efficacy...
This advertorial has been sponsored by B. Braun Less is more–The increasing economic burden and complexity in hospital processes forces hospitals to map and improve their structures and processes and to increase the treatment quality and safety in patient care....
Highlights: Short segment TLIF can increase lordosis in fused segments Elective one to three level ACDFs at physician-owned hospitals cost less and have fewer complications Profile: Margareta Nordin Jeffrey Wang discusses the future direction for NASS AI-based classification may...
Highlights: Short segment TLIF can increase lordosis in fused segments Elective one to three level ACDFs at physician-owned hospitals cost less and have fewer complications Profile: Margareta Nordin Jeffrey Wang discusses the future direction for NASS AI-based classification may...
Procrustes analysis—a form of statistical shape analysis—could be used to predict postoperative results in advance of surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), a study presented by Adrian Gardner (Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom) at the British Scoliosis Society...
This advertorial has been sponsored by Aesculap Spine surgery is changing—the increasing demands on treatment concepts are making hospital processes more complex, and all departments are affected. Hospitals need more than just products—they need sustainable solutions that improve daily work...
Life Spine has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Longbow titanium lateral expandable spacer system. The Longbow system is available in lengths ranging from 45–60mm, heights from 9mm–15mm, 0 degrees and 7 degrees...
NuVasive has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for expanded indications for the CoRoent small interlock system. The expanded indication allows for on-label use of the device at multiple contiguous levels from C2-T1 for anterior cervical...
DePuy Synthes has launched the SYMPHONY Occipito-Cervico-Thoracic (OCT) System, expanding its offering for the surgical treatment of conditions in the neck and upper back. The SYMPHONY System includes a differentiated offering of instruments and implants designed for stabilisation of...
Three months of treatment with amoxicillin did not provide a clinically important benefit in patients with chronic low back pain and Modic changes, a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has concluded. The AIM study, a double...
Life Spine has announced the initial surgeries using the Centerline modular thoracolumbar spinal system. The Centerline modular thoracolumbar spinal system features low profile 4.75mm cobalt chrome rods designed to minimise impact to surrounding anatomy. The screw design offers a cortical...
Cerapedics today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company's premarket approval (PMA) supplement for i-FACTOR peptide enhanced bone graft in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) procedures in patients with degenerative cervical disc...
Astura Medical has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Alta anterior cervical corpectomy spacer system. Available in either HA PEEK or acid-etched Ti surface options, the system provides four different axial footprints in...
Relevant patient comorbidities and surgical complications are associated with increased readmission within 90 days of elective revision lumbar fusion surgery, a retrospective study published in the Global Spine Journal has found. Readmission within 90 days is also linked to...
Novartis today announced detailed results from the randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase III PREVENT study, evaluating the efficacy and safety of Cosentyx (secukinumab) in patients with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis. Axial spondyloarthritis is a spectrum of long-term inflammatory disease characterized by...

Tim Pigott

A consultant neurosurgeon and the current president of EUROSPINE, Tim Pigott talks to Spinal News International about his career so far. Outside of his daily practice and society engagements, he is also involved in research into how we can...
Spineology has announced that 24-month outcomes data from SCOUT clinical trial were presented by John Chi (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA), at the recent Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) annual meeting (SMISS Annual Forum; 31 October–2...
  Nevro has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Senza Omnia spinal cord stimulation system to treat chronic pain. The Omnia system is designed to deliver Nevro’s proprietary HF10 therapy in addition to other...
Spine technology company Astura Medical has announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters from Carlsbad, California to Irving, Texas. The move was effective November 4, 2019. The company’s new 40,000 square foot facility will provide an expanded framework to support...
Hierarchical clustering of patient data using artificial intelligence (AI) can identify patterns that may guide preoperative decision-making in adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery by predicting outcomes and major complications, a collaborative study by the International Spine Study Group and...
Stryker has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Sahara Lateral 3D expandable interbody system. The product will be on display at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Annual Forum (SMISS; 31...
Spinal metastases patients with low serum albumin and elevated platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) should be advised regarding the impact of these laboratory markers on outcomes, including survival, a recent study has found. Efforts should also be made to optimise nutrition...
A psychosocial behavioural intervention administered in the spine care setting was successful in increasing physical activity after recuperation from lumbar surgery, a trial has found. Carol A Mancuso (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, USA) presented the findings of...
DiscGenics has announced that it has received the go-ahead from an independent data safety monitoring committee (DSMC) to enrol the final 24 patients in its first-in-human US clinical study of IDCT, an allogeneic, injectable disc cell therapy for mild...
Paul Sponseller, president of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) 2019–2020, talks to Spinal News International about the society's 54th annual meeting (18–21 September, Montreal, Canada), which attracted over 1,400 attendees from around the world. The conference began with a pre-course,...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new prospective, randomised clinical trial evaluating the use of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2, Infuse, Medtronic) during transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedures. The study is part of...
GTX Medical (formerly G-Therapeutics) and NeuroRecovery Technologies (NRT) have announced a merger to further the development of neuromodulation therapies to aid functional recovery of people with spinal cord injuries. The merged entity will be known as GTX medical BV....
Stryker has completed the acquisition of Mobius Imaging and its sister company, GYS Tech, which trades as Cardan Robotics. The acquisition was agreed in September as an all cash transaction of approximately US$370 million upfront and up to US$130 million...
Synchron recently announced the first successful implant of its minimally-invasive neural interface technology (Stentrode) as part of a trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of the technology for restoring communication in people with severe paralysis. The technology uses modular training...
Long-term results demonstrate that even though implantation of a stand-alone interspinous process device (IPD) can be successful in treating intermittent neurogenic claudication (INC), the high reoperation rate does not justify its use and simple decompression is more effective. This...
CarboFix has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its CarboClear Carbon Fiber Vertebral Body Replacement (VBR) System to replace a collapsed, damaged, or unstable vertebral body due to tumour or trauma. The CarboClear VBR System...
Researchers from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, USA) performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published data on the effect of electrical stimulation therapies on spinal fusion. They found significant improvement overall in the rates of...
Synaptive Medical will offer its robotic surgical microscope, Modus V, to the spine market as part of an expanded marketing agreement with Stryker. The company is also announcing a co-marketing collaboration with Stryker’s advanced guidance technologies business for the...
Redd Warburton, a senior executive search consultant specialising in orthopaedics and spine,  has been exploring how 3D printing has the potential to revolutionise the manufacture of spinal implants. Here is a summary of her findings. The full article, produced...
The results of a recent study suggest that elective one to three level anterior cervical discectomy with fusion surgeries (ACDFs) at physician-owned hospitals have significant cost savings, while having lower odds of experiencing 90-day medical complications and readmissions. These...
Early postoperative results of a double blind randomised clinical trial demonstrate the benefit of local intraoperative corticosteroids (LIC) delivered with an absorbable haemostatic matrix to prophylactically reduce dysphagia following anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery. The findings were...
According to new research, certain ratios of correction of cervical parameters contribute to improving neck disability. The study, authored by Katherine E Pierce (NYU Langone Medical Centre, New York, USA) and colleagues, was recently nominated for Best Paper at...
Brainlab has unveiled Loop-X, the first mobile intraoperative imaging robot, at NASS 2019 (34th Annual North American Spine Society Meeting; 25–28 September, Chicago, USA). Loop-X sits at the core of the Brainlab Digital Surgery portfolio for the rapidly evolving...
Medtronic today announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a prospective, randomised pivotal clinical trial for the use of Infuse bone graft in transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) spine procedures. "The potential to expand the indications for use...
Alphatec Holdings announced today the commercial release of its IdentiTi TLIF Posterior Oblique Titanium Interbody Implant System (IdentiTi PO) for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedures. The launch of IdentiTi (TLIF) PO follows successful alpha evaluations that began in January 2019...
RTI Surgical will showcase its body of clinical data at the 34th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting (NASS 2019; 25–28 September, Chicago, USA). “RTI is proud to not only be a partner of choice for...
The Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies today announced that DePuy Synthes has launched the CONDUIT Interbody Platform with EIT Cellular Titanium Technology, further expanding its comprehensive offering to treat degenerative spine disease. The portfolio, which includes 3D printed...
ControlRad has announced the first clinical use of the ControlRad Trace system following its clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration. The initial procedures were performed at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (Niagara Falls, USA) by Andrew Cappuccino,...
Highlights: Worldwide burnout survey "highlights the need for better interventional programmes" (p. 1) Intravenous ketorolac substantially reduces opioid use following lumbar spinal fusion (p. 1) Paul Sponseller, president elect of the Scoliosis Research Society, gives his highlights of IMAST...
AOSpine is the leading global academic spine community, creating, disseminating, and exchanging knowledge to promote excellence in patient care and outcomes. This supplement will explore what makes AOSpine unique as a spine society, and how it stays relevant for...
RTI Surgical has announced the first surgery using the HPS 2.0 Hybrid Performance System, a modular pedicle screw system used for mono- and multi-segmental rigid, hybrid or dynamic posterior stabilisation of the thoracolumbar spine. William Sears, a neurosurgeon and Fellow...
Fundamental Surgery has announced the expansion of their Global Medical Panel with Yousuf Khalifa, Ivan Wong, and Areena D’souza as their latest members. In their roles, they will they will provide scientific and clinical guidance in the development of...
For Lenke 1A curves between 45 and 65 degrees treated with low- versus high-implant density in adult idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients, a prospective, multicentre, randomised controlled study has shown equivalent percentage coronal curve correction. The Minimise implants maximise outcomes...
Medtronic has announced that the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) supports the vertebral compression fracture (VCF) Care Pathway, a new evidence-based clinical care pathway developed by a multispecialty panel of experts to ensure osteoporotic VCF patients receive timely and...
Camber Spine has announced the launch of its first spinal implant designed and manufactured specifically for the oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF) spine surgical procedure. This implant represents the fifth product in its distinctive, rapidly growing SPIRA device family....
Omar Ishrak, Medtronic’s chairman and CEO is to retire on 26 April 2020, following the end of the company’s current fiscal year. Also, the Medtronic Board of Directors has announced key leadership appointments as part of its multi-year, leadership...
A new study, published in the European Spine Journal, suggests that a computer-aided method has the potential for automatic Cobb angle measurement and scoliosis diagnosis on chest X-rays. As the Cobb angle is involved in therapeutic decisions of scoliosis,...
A meta-analysis, recently published in Osteoporosis International, has found that the application of percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) is safe and effective only in patients with acute osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs) having persistent and severe pain. The investigators recorded no...
Life Spine recently announced that it is now selling its Micro Invasive suite of products in thirty countries worldwide. New customers in Vietnam and South America have recently begun purchasing products from Life Spine’s broad product portfolio and Life Spine...
Nexxt Spine has released their Lordotic TLIF Oblique interbody into the market.  The product is designed for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), the most frequently performed procedure in the field. Derived from the NEXXT MATRIXX family of products, Lordotic TLIF...
Bad posture among UK office employees is a nationwide epidemic. Sitting at desks all day, slouching over computers and a general sedentary lifestyle has led one in five Brits to give up their job or reduce hours because of...
DiscGenics has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted fast track designation for its investigational cell therapy, IDCT, currently being evaluated in regulator-allowed clinical trials in the USA and Japan for the reduction in pain...
According to a press release, SurGenTec has received FDA clearance for a neurostimulation indication for their ALARA Neuro Access Needle Kit. The ALARA system is used for targeting and assisting in cannulating a pedicle. Targeting needles are generally the...
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) recently awarded their Top Paper of the Year and Spine Section Paper of the Year to an analysis of 10-year results from a prospective, randomised, clinical trial comparing cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) to...
Zimmer Biomet recently announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for The Tether for treatment of scoliosis, providing a fusion-less alternative for young patients requiring surgery. The current surgical treatment for scoliosis is an invasive operation involving large incisions, extensive soft...
Medtronic has completed its acquisition of Titan Spine, which has a range of interbody fusion devices that feature unique surface technology. A press release reports that the acquisition provides opportunities to bundle interbodies, screws, rods, biologics, and “enabling” technologies,...
A recent study developed models capable of “excellent discrimination” between operative and non-operative management of patients based solely on baseline preoperative values. According to the authors, patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) were particularly instrumental in making these predictions, and they...
While robotic technology is still in its infancy, current evidence suggests a promising future for its application in spine surgery, argue Ronald A Lehman and Nathan J Lee. Here, for Spinal News International, they discuss the results of recent...
Spineology has announced the launch of the Duo Angled Instrumentation System. The angled instrumentation supplements the Duo Lumbar Interbody Fusion System and allows surgeons to efficiently address the L4–L5 disc space in cases where the iliac crest prevents collinear...
Bernhard Meyer (Munich, Germany) and Henry Halm (Neustadt, Germany) discuss spinal navigation—specifically any increased risk in radiation exposure and if that risk is offset by the potential benefit of an increase in precision of pedicle screw placement. The two physicians...
Alphatec Holdings announced today the commercial release of InVictus minimally invasive, or MIS, SingleStep K-wireless implant delivery system. By completely eliminating the requirement for K-wires in a percutaneous pedicle fixation procedure, SingleStep limits the potential complications associated with inadvertent...
DiscGenics today announced the first patients have been treated in its Japanese safety study, a clinical trial of IDCT for mild to moderate degenerative disc disease (DDD). The treatments took place at Tokai University School of Medicine in Kanagawa,...
The Medicrea Group announced today that it has received FDA clearance for Tulip Genesis, which completes its UNiD ASI platform technology. With the FDA clearance of the Tulip Genesis, Medicrea completes its UNiD ASI platform by providing a top loading...
President of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), Peter Newton (San Diego, USA), speaks to BLearning at IMAST 2019 (17 –20 July, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) about this year’s annual meeting, which “focused on innovation” and covered the “breadth of spinal surgery, not just spinal deformity...
Fernando Techy (Johnstown, USA), speaks to BLearning at IMAST 2019 (17–20 July, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) about longer-term trials of disc replacement which, according to Techy, has shown that “we are having less re-operations with disc replacement compared to fusion” and that “disk...
Paul Sponseller, president elect of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), talks to Spinal News International about the 26th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST 2019; 17–20 July, Amsterdam, The Netherlands). The mission of IMAST was to complement the...
Orthofix Medical recently announced that it has named Jon Serbousek as president of its Global Spine business effective 5 August, 2019, and the successor to Brad Mason, the company’s retiring president and chief executive officer (CEO), to be effective...
SeaSpine has announced the limited commercial launch of the Mariner Outrigger Revision System. Mariner Outrigger is an implant system providing surgeons a high level of versatility for multiple revision applications. As an adjunct to the Mariner Posterior Fixation system, Mariner...
In a recent, award-winning study, 266 million individuals worldwide (3.63%) were found to have degenerative spine disease and low back pain annually. “Significantly,” the investigators note, “data quality is higher in high-income countries, making overall quantification in low- and...
Kenneth Cheung (Hong Kong) speaks to BLearning at IMAST 2019 (17 –20 July, Amsterdam) about how growth modulation techniques can be used to treat spinal deformity in young children. Traditionally, spinal deformity has been corrected using spinal fusion. However,...
The presence of a sleep disorder has a "significant and unique effect" on back pain-related healthcare use—beyond the impact of pain intensity, disability, and other factors, according to a study recently published in Spine. Authors Daniel Rhon (Brooke Army...
The results of a recent study indicate that anterior column realignment (ACR) via a lateral approach allows for the normalisation of spinopelvic parameters without additive complication risk when compared to lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF). Presenting author Praveen Mummaneni...
Early results of a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial show that intravenous ketorolac results in a “substantial reduction” in opioid use and improved pain control compared to placebo and intravenous acetaminophen. In addition, the investigators note a trend towards decreased...
Implanet has announced that its Jazz Lock technology, which is an integral part of its Jazz solutions platform, has been granted a patent in the USA. A major component of the broadest range of band products on the market, Jazz...
Life Spine announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided additional 510(k) market clearance for the ProLift expandable spacer system. “The new 8–10mm widths of the ProLift expandable spacer system are essential additions to our innovative...
Alphatec Holdings has announced the commercial release of InVictus, a spinal fixation platform designed to address a range of pathologies through a minimally invasive (MIS), open, or hybrid surgical approach. “The InVictus platform incorporates and improves upon the learnings...
MiRus has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the GALILEO spine alignment monitoring system, a non-optical, wireless, real-time measurement system for segmental and global sagittal spine alignment. The GALILEO spine alignment monitoring system received the...
According to a press release, Centinel Spine has received Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate a two-level clinical trial with two different ProDisc C Anterior Cervical Total Disc devices—ProDisc C...
Joimax has announced the official sales launch of its complete, CE-approved, EndoLIF product line. EndoLIF is an instrument set for endoscopic-assisted minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusion. As already announced and showcased at earlier events, the EndoLIF family consists of...
Results of a recent survey of 1,000 women (age 35–60) conducted by SI-Bone found that 86% of respondents are unaware that sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction is a leading cause of chronic lower back pain for women over 35 who...
SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of the Regatta Lateral System, featuring NanoMetalene technology. According to a press release, Regatta is a comprehensive, minimally invasive lateral interbody fusion system designed to efficiently and reproducibly treat the spine through indirect decompression and...
Warnings that ruled that capped training hours for medical residents at 80 hours per week would leave physicians-in-training unprepared for the challenges of independent practice have been shown to be largely unjustified in research published in the British Medical...
Observed patterns of cervical radiculopathy only followed the standard “Netter diagram” distribution in 54% of patients, and did not differ by the cervical level involved, in a recent study by Steven J McAnany (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York,...
Robert Lee (London, UK) tells Spinal News International why he prefers using computer navigation to free-hand technique in pedicle screw placement procedures. Lee explains that computer navigation can reduce surgeons' exposure to radiation and improve the accuracy and precision...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Swiss devicemaker Icotec 510(k) clearance for its VADERone pedicle screw system, used for minimally-invasive and open spine surgeries. The device uses the company’s BlackArmor carbon/PEEK composite material, a carbon fibre...
NuVasive has announced the launch of its Pulse integrated technology platform. According to a press release, “Pulse is the first, single platform to include multiple technologies designed to help surgeons adopt more efficient, less disruptive surgical approaches in all...
Cerapedics has announced the expansion of the company's headquarters located in the Denver metropolitan area. Over the past 18 months, Cerapedics has grown from 16 to 44 employees in Colorado and is increasing its facility from 14,000 to 24,000...
The opening symposium at the 2019 Global Spine Congress (15–18 May, Toronto, Canada) focused on cutting edge updates in spine surgery. Scott Boden addressed the topic of biologics in spine surgery, detailing state of the art evidence and novel...
Redd Warburton, a senior executive search consultant, specialising in orthopaedics and spine, argues that while there are significant hurdles to overcome for robotics to be adopted within routine spinal surgery, robotics is here to stay. Robotics undoubtedly has a...
Relievant Medsystems recently announced the publication of the Level I INTRACEPT Study results in The Spine Journal. The INTRACEPT Study is a Level I, randomised, multicentre trial comparing the Intracept Procedure to non-surgical standard care. Based on the results...
Biogen today announced new results from the NURTURE study, adding data to the longest study of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in pre-symptomatic infants (n=25). These data reported, after up to 45.1 months of analysis, continue to demonstrate efficacy and...

NSpine 2019 live coverage

The NSpine Main Conference will focus on the entire spine during a series of lectures & workshops. We comprehensively cover the entire range of spinal conditions relevant to spine health care professionals.   Stay tuned.... We go live on Monday...
Medtronic today announced it has completed the acquisition of Titan Spine, a privately-held titanium spine interbody implant and surface technology company. A definitive acquisition agreement between the two companies was previously announced on 9 May 9 2019. The acquisition...
Fusion Robotics today announced the closing of a financing round for an undisclosed amount with lead investment by Alex Lukianov (Lukpartners) and Kevin Foley. The proceeds will be used to ready the company's spinal robotics platform to obtain regulatory clearance...
To enable upcoming regulatory filings, Medtronic has made public its partnership with Karl Storz, who have developed a system for endoscopic imaging. For the past four years, a press release reports, the two companies have partnered to seamlessly integrate...
Life Spine has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided 510(k) market clearance for the ProLift lateral expandable spacer system. “The ProLift lateral expandable spacer system is a significant addition to Life Spine’s rapidly growing expandable...
Gilda Giron was just 13 weeks pregnant when an ultrasound revealed her baby had myelomeningocele—the most severe form of open spina bifida, a birth defect that affects backbone development and can cause, among other things, debilitating neurological damage. “This was...
NYU Langone Health last month became the first centre in the USA to perform a discectomy with repair of a large annular defect using a titanium bone-anchored implant newly approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The...
Boston Scientific has announced the close of its acquisition of Vertiflex, a privately-held company that developed and commercialised the Superion Indirect Decompression System, a minimally-invasive device used to improve physical function and reduce pain in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis...
Spinal neurosurgeon Todd H Lanman has become the first US doctor to perform a two-level artificial disc replacement surgery using the newly US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved M6-C device from Orthofix. He performed the procedure with his...
RTI Surgical today announced a milestone of 5,000 implants of Fortilink-C, -TS and -L interbody fusion (IBF) systems with TETRAfuse 3D technology in the USA. “In my over 500 implantations, I have been extremely satisfied with the Fortilink-TS and -C...
Implanet has announced successful results of the first surgeries using Jazz Cap in the USA. Following 510(k) clearance in March 2019, the first Jazz Cap procedures have been successfully completed by fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon Chi Lim, in...
Medacta International recently announced its MySpine Midline Cortical (MC) platform has been recognised as this year’s “Best Healthcare Navigation / Robotics Solution” by MedTech Breakthrough. MySpine MC is the Medacta’s patient-matched, 3D printed solution in the midline cortical approach,...
RTI Surgical today announced MedTech Breakthrough has selected TETRAfuse 3D technology as the “Best New Technology Solution - Orthopedics” in their 2019 Awards Program. MedTech Breakthrough is an independent organisation recognising the top companies and solutions in the global...
Astura Medical and Academy Medical recently announced their partnership for contracting within the Department of Defense (DoD) and VA. According to a press release, Academy Medical’s goal is to provide sales channels, via contracts, to appropriate medical and surgical vendors,...
Collegiate football players have low rates of serious or disabling injuries of the cervical spine, concludes an analysis of a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) database, reported in the journal Spine. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio...
Misonix today announced that it received 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Nexus, its ultrasonic surgical platform. Misonix will commence the commercialisation of the Nexus platform in the USA in July. Nexus is an integrated...
Results of the CSM-Protect trial show that a six-week course of riluzole as an adjunct to surgical decompression for moderate-severe degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) has “no significant benefit” to the primary outcome of mJOA and “interesting effects” on three...
Globus Medical recently announced the launch of AERIAL, a minimally invasive expandable interspinous fixation system with independent locking plates. The expandable central core of AERIAL provides continuous distraction for indirect decompression and a customised patient fit. This is Globus...
Alphatec Holdings recently announced the commercial release of its IdentiTi-PC porous titanium interbody implant system for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedures (TLIF). “The commercial launch of IdentiTi-PC demonstrates continued solid progress against our commitment to accelerate growth by compelling the...
According to a recent study, the low-virulent microorganisms frequently detected on pedicle screws by using sonication may be an important cause of implant loosening and failure. Additionally, the investigators found that a longer surgical duration increases the likelihood of...
Marios Papadopoulos and Samira Saadoun write in Spinal News International about the ISCoPE trial, which aimed to develop techniques to continuously monitor the pressure of the spinal cord at the injury site in the intensive care unit (ICU). They...

Ronald Bartels

A clinical professor of neurosurgery, Ronald Bartels talks to Spinal News International about his career. From his days at medical school to his appointment as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Radboud University Medical Center, he discusses how...
Globus Medical has announced the results of a clinical study that evaluated the versatility of ExcelsiusGPS robotic navigation system compared to traditional pedicle screw placement techniques. Published in the Journal of Robotic Surgery, “Robotic-assisted navigated minimally invasive pedicle screw...
EOS imaging has announced its fourth EOS system installation at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS; New York City, USA). HSS is the world’s largest academic medical centre dedicated to musculoskeletal health, performing more than 33,000 surgical procedures a...
Results of a worldwide survey indicate that the overall prevalence of burnout among spine surgeons is 30.6%. They suggest that factors linked with higher likelihood of burnout include working in North America, being in training as a fellow, and...
The first study to describe spinal trauma management and its outcomes in East Africa was recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. First authors Andreas Leidinger and Eliana E Kim, senior author Roger Härtl (Weill Cornell Brain and...
Joimax is showcasing its integrated navigation tracking and control system, Intracs, at this year’s Global Spine Congress (GSC; 15–18 May, Toronto, Canada). The company is also promoting the system at the annual meeting of the German Society of Neurosurgery...
Kaia Health has announced results from the first randomised controlled trial of its app-based therapy program for patients with non-specific low back pain. Detailed results of the study were published in the journal NPJ Digital Medicine and showed that...
Outgoing British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) president, Stuart Blagg (Aylesbury, UK), sits down with incoming president Sashin Ahuja (Cardiff, UK) at the BASS 2019 conference in Brighton to discuss Blagg’s achievements over the past two years as well...
Medtronic recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which it will acquire Titan Spine, a privately-held titanium spine interbody implant and surface technology company. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved...
Boston Scientific today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Vertiflex, a privately-held company which has developed and commercialised the Superion Indirect Decompression System, a minimally-invasive device used to improve physical function and reduce pain...
Highlights: Cages in ACDF are associated with a higher non-union rate than allograft Advanced method of quantifying the cone of economy may allow practitioners to determine appropriate treatment options While the ASBMR taskforce report concludes that “no further trials...
Nicholas Theodore (Baltimore, USA) talks to Spinal News International about the benefits of robotics technology in spinal surgery including reducing radiation exposure to surgeons, improving accuracy and precision and ultimately allowing patients to get better faster. Theodore looks at...
At the 2019 meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS; 3–5 April, Anaheim, USA), Erik Wang of NYU Langone Health (New York, USA) presented the results of a study reviewing the rates of hospital-acquired...
Investigators found a higher rate of non-union associated with intervertebral cages than with allograft in a recent retrospective analysis, which led to the conclusion that allograft may be superior to cages in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). This...

Matthew Scott-Young

As the incoming president of the Spine Society of Australia, Matthew Scott-Young details how his experience as an Emergency Department intern sparked a life-long interest in spine care. He addresses current challenges, warning against the dangers of cost minimisation,...
Relievant Medsystems have announced the publication of 24-month results from the SMART trial in the International Journal of Spine Surgery. A total of 106 of the 128 treatment arm patients in the SMART trial completed 24-month follow up. Data...
Orthofix Medical today announced the first commercial implants of patients with the M6-C artificial cervical disc. The Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Back Institute (TBI) in Dallas, USA recently implanted four patients suffering from single-level cervical disc degeneration...
Winner of the Sanford J Larson Award, Nathan Xie, presented his research, "Use of artificial intelligence to improve surgical referrals in degenerative lumbar spine conditions", during the 2019 American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting (AANS; 13–17 April,...
EOS imaging today introduced EOSlink, the company's new solution enabling the seamless integration of its EOSapps preoperative surgical planning software with intraoperative surgical solutions, such as navigation devices, robotics-based systems and custom spinal rod solutions. EOSapps is EOS imaging's suite...
A recent study conducted by Peter G Passias (NYU Langone Health, New York Spine Institute, New York, USA) and colleagues showed that male patients and patients with increased comorbidity severity experienced a greater length of hospital stay (LOS) after...
A new method to quantify the boundaries of Dubousset’s cone of economy, the centre of mass displacements, and the amount of sway within the cone of economy along with the energy expenditure for a specific patient, has been developed...
A recent taskforce report charged by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) concluded that current evidence does not support the routine use of vertebroplasty for the treatment of pain from vertebral fractures. However, as someone who...
A recent study found that a longer duration of preoperative radiculopathy symptoms in patients with degenerative cervical pathology is associated with worse health-related quality of life (HRQOL) outcome measures after 1–3 level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery....
Optimal correction of sagittal alignment and improving a patient’s functional capacity can significantly influence postoperative frailty resolution, according to a recent study by Peter Passias (NY Spine Institute, New York, USA) and colleagues. According to the authors, the CD-FI...
Francis Lovecchio (Hospital for Special Surgery , New York, USA) recently gave a presentation on opioid consumption patterns after lumbar microdiscectomy or decompression at the 19th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery (ISASS;...
A recent study found that low back pain is significantly improved in 74% of patients immediately after surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis and that at two years, over two-thirds of patients continue to have significant relief of low back...
At the annual meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery (3–5 April, Anaheim, USA), Jack E Zigler (Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery, Texas Back Institute, Plano, USA) reported results which “strongly support” the...
Spineology has announced that two abstracts highlighting the company’s proprietary mesh technologies were presented during the 19th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS; 3–5 April, Anaheim, USA). In a poster titled "Patient-reported outcomes...
Highlights: Single-level anterior cervical discectomy provides "solid alternative" to fusion or arthroplasty Banned in the USA: Petition calls for FDA to prohibit reprocessed pedicle screws N20: Spine in the spotlight at global meeting Expanding access to surgery on a...
Orthofix Medical today announced the full two-year outcomes from its US Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study of the M6-C artificial cervical disc (Orthofix). Jack Zigler, orthopaedic spine surgeon at Texas Back Institute (Plano, USA) and an investigator in the study,...
New retrospective studies led by Charla Fischer, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of quality and patient safety at NYU Langone’s Spine Center (New York, USA), show that the number of opioids taken before and during hospital stays...
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), can be safely performed in an outpatient setting in select patients, according to a study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS; New York, USA). The research, titled, “A comparison of multilevel anterior cervical discectomy...
EOS imaging has announced installation of the first EOS system in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), located at the newly inaugurated King's College Hospital (Dubai, UAE) in January 2019. The new hospital, a joint venture of the Al Tayer Group,...
Eric Lamoutte and Kern Singh (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA) discuss results of their recent study examining whether or not day of surgery affects length of stay and hospital charges following lumbar decompression. While...
It was recently announced that RTI Surgical has enrolled the first patient in its "Clinical evaluation of Fortilink interbody fusion device with TETRAfuse 3D technology in subjects with degenerative disc disease" (FORTE) study. FORTE is a prospective, multicentre post-market evaluation of...
Current evidence does not support the use of vertebroplasty for the treatment of pain from vertebral fractures, concludes a recent task force report charged by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) aimed at examining the efficacy...
SpinalCyte recently announced the issuance of new patents in the USA and Japan. The company’s patent portfolio now includes 39 US and international patents issued with over 100 patents pending focused on the clinical use of fibroblasts. The company...
A study at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS; New York, USA) found that a CT scan of the lumbar spine prior to surgery indicated that a significant number of patients had low bone density that was previously undiagnosed....
RTI Surgical has announced it has completed the acquisition of Paradigm Spine.  Paradigm Spine's primary product is the Coflex interlaminar stabilisation device. According to a press release, this is a “differentiated, minimally invasive motion preserving stabilisation implant that is FDA...
This advertorial has been sponsored by INVIBIO ™ Hyun W Bae, MD, is a medical director at The Spine Institute (Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, USA) and professor of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, USA). An orthopaedic...
Inspired Spine recently celebrated the grand opening of its concierge centre with a two day event that included a cadaver training lab at its Burnsville Total Spinal Health Center. The 120,000 sq. ft. three building campus is a testament...
The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, has unexpectedly resigned after serving just shy of two years in the post. Gottlieb announced his intention to stand down in a letter to Alex Azar II, the...
Two-year results of a randomised controlled trial, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, suggest that minimally invasive sacroiliac joint arthrodesis with triangular titanium implants is safe and more effective throughout two years in improving pain, disability, and...
The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) recently issued a new bone grafting policy that features i‑FACTOR peptide enhanced bone graft (Cerapedics) as one of only two drug-device combination products approved by the US Food &...
Vertos Medical said it has received CE mark approval for its lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) treatment device kit. According to a press release, the company's Mild device kit enables a minimally invasive procedure to remove the cause of stenosis through a...
Universal health is a top priority at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Centre in New York, USA. Their global neurosurgery programme, a collaborative project designed to improve access to surgery and surgical care across the world, has been...
Results of a double-blinded randomised controlled trial indicate that anterior cervical disc arthroplasty (ACDA) does not lead to a superior outcome in comparison to anterior cervical discectomy with fusion (ACDF) or anterior cervical discectomy (ACD) alone. Subsequent investigation involving...
Atlas Spine has announced the successful completion of its 50th surgical procedure and over 100 devices implanted with its new HiJak AC expandable cervical interbody fusion device. The company has now moved to its full product launch.   According to a...
OrthoPediatrics has announced the launch of BandLoc DUO, the latest addition to the BandLoc 5.5/6.0mm system. BandLoc is a temporary implant for use in orthopaedic surgery, intended to provide stabilisation as a bone anchor during the development of solid bony fusion...
It was announced recently that Alphatec has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its automated SafeOp neuromonitoring system for use in real-time intraoperative nerve location and health assessment. According to a press release, the technology of...
A recent study found that patients who presented with presurgical depressive symptoms reported more severe symptoms preoperatively and postoperatively. However, despite residual symptoms, these patients may benefit more from surgery than those without depressive symptoms. The results were presented...
Inspired Spine's H Abbasi has released a study presenting clinical, and radiological outcomes including fusion rates for oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF). The study establishes, based upon a 300 plus patient population, that OLLIF is an extraordinary, safe,...
Life Spine has announced the initiation of the SIMPACT sacroiliac joint (SI) fixation outcomes study, with Keith Maxwell of Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics in Asheville, USA. SIMPACT is a cannulated and fenestrated screw, intended for sacroiliac joint fusion for...
While non-specific low back pain (NSLBP) is a common diagnosis, Tim Germon (Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK) argues that most low back pain is in fact specific. He speaks about the importance of reaching a diagnosis in order to drive...
A new study has found that after cervical decompression surgery, cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) patients exhibited improved gait pattern, spatiotemporal parameters, spine and lower extremity range of motion (ROM), and patient reported outcomes. The study was carried out by...
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore, USA) report that a computer programme they designed may help surgeons identify and label spinal segments during real time operating room procedures and avoid the costly and potentially debilitating consequences of operating on...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the M6-C artificial cervical disc (Orthofix Medical) for patients suffering from cervical disc degeneration. The artificial disc was developed by Spinal Kinetics, a company acquired by Orthofix in April 2018. The...
Southern New Hampshire Medical Center has installed the 7D Surgical System for spinal procedures. This system virtually replaces standard fluoroscopy, providing the surgical team with a fast, accurate and radiation-free tool for the placement of spinal implants. The 7D Surgical System...
Sirakoss has been granted CE mark clearance in the European Union (EU) for Osteo3, a novel nanosynthetic bone graft substitute designed to improve patient healing, offering surgeons a more advanced solution for repairing bone fractures. Based on proprietary nanoporous technology,...
Three new StabiLink Dual Lamina Implants (Southern Spine) have been released.  Alan H Daniels, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Providence, USA) has specifically used the StabiLink Dual Lamina constructs as...
A novel enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol developed by Penn Medicine (Philadelphia, USA) for patients undergoing spinal and peripheral nerve surgery significantly reduced opioid use. A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine showed that when an ERAS protocol was...
The editors-in-chief of major cardiovascular journals—of both US and European societies—have come together to “sound the alarm” about the dangers of medical misinformation that has been disseminated through the internet, social media, and other platforms. They claim that this...
The Secure-C cervical artificial disc (Globus Medical) is now covered by Anthem, one of the largest health benefits companies in the United States with close to 40 million medical members and over 73 million lives covered. Secure-C is designed for...
A new patent has been issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for United States Patent No. 10,143,501 entitled “Expandable Interspinous Device”. This new patent relates to Aurora Spine’s family of minimally invasive spinal implants, bolstering...
The first US patients have been treated with the Mazor X Stealth Edition (Medtronic) for spine surgery following its commercial launch. The technology offers a procedural solution for surgical planning, workflow, execution and confirmation. The system was first used...
Daniel Spencer is a business manager at Charlton Morris, an executive search firm specialising in orthopaedics, spine and simulation. He argues that while adoption of virtual reality and simulation represents a “leap of faith” for hospitals, the technology has...
  Bioventus has launched OSTEOMATRIX+, a biphasic bone graft for use in bone remodelling in a variety of orthopaedic and spine applications. OSTEOMATRIX+ is a mouldable bone graft substitute consisting of bovine collagen and biphasic, hydroxyapatite/ß-tricalcium phosphate granules designed to produce a porous scaffold...
Back pain app creator, Kaia Health, today announces it has raised US$10 million in a Series A round led by Balderton Capital. The investment will be used to support Kaia Health’s US rollout, including a new office in New...
The US government shutdown means the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot accept new user fees, which means the agency cannot accept new medical product applications. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb took to Twitter to highlight agency employees who are...
Mighty Oak Medical has received CE mark clearance for its patient-specific, 3D-printed FIREFLY pedicle screw navigation system, extending its use into the European market. The technology is already available in Australia and New Zealand, and has been approved for...
Aakash Agarwal (Department of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, Engineering Center for Orthopaedic Research Excellence, University of Toledo, Toledo, USA) has filed an official citizen petition to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for a ban on the...
New results suggest that patients treated with chronic opioids prior to spine surgery are “significantly less likely” to achieve meaningful improvements at one-year in pain function and quality of life; and less likely to be satisfied at one-year with...
Researchers at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) have released “exciting” proof-of-concept data that genetically-engineered SMaRT cells can degrade CSPGs in vitro and that human neural stem cell (NSC) grafts can form long axonal processes in the chronic cervical...
For the first time, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Institute of Engineering in Medicine (La Jolla, USA) have used rapid 3D printing technologies to create a spinal cord, then successfully implanted that scaffolding,...
A successful first-in-human surgical procedure utilising ARAI, an augmented reality and artificial intelligence based surgical navigation system (HoloSurgical) has been carried out. The ARAI is an advanced digital surgery platform that combines 3D visualisation, data analytics, and machine learning to...
Ulrich medical USA has announced the market entry of a vertebral body replacement device which is the company's flagship technology in the US spine implant market. The Solidity Vertebral Body Replacement (VBR) device recently received FDA clearance and the world's first implantation of...
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has granted a marketing authorisation for EVENITY (romosozumab; Amgen and UCB) for the treatment of osteoporosis in patients at high risk of fracture. Amgen and UCB are co-developing EVENITY worldwide, with development...
SpineSource has acquired the intellectual property assets of two spinal implant systems from Kisco International (France). The acquisition includes the L-VARLOCK expandable lumbar cage which SpineSource has marketed, sold and distributed in the United States since 2016. The acquisition also...
It was announced at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference (7–10 January, San Francisco, USA) that SpinalCyte has been issued a new Australian patent related to its fibroblast technology. The company’s portfolio in spine treatments now includes 36 US and foreign patents...
It has been announced that IDCT (DiscGenics) has passed the initial planned safety review of its Phase I/II trial evaluating the allogeneic, injectable disc cell therapy in patients with mild to moderate degenerative disc disease (DDD). In this first planned...
NuVasive today announced a new organisational structure and associated executive team that chief executive officer J Christopher Barry has selected. Barry joined the company as CEO on 5 November, 2018. As part of the new organisational structure, NuVasive announced the following...
Spineway, in collaboration with its Peruvian distributor, presented its operating techniques to some one hundred local surgeons during a recent symposium in Peru. Established in Peru since 2014 thanks to the leading distributor in orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery, Spineway decided...
The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) and the Brain Mapping Foundation (BMF) recently hosted their 5th Annual Neuroscience-20 event in Buenos Aires, Argentina (N20; 26–27 November). For the past five years the goal has been to get...
Swedish digital healthcare provider, Min Doktor, and Kaia Health, a digital therapeutics company, have partnered to offer back pain treatment through a mobile application. A recent study found that Kaia Health’s artificial intelligence (AI) app reduced user-reported back pain...
Medtronic today announced it has completed the acquisition of Mazor Robotics. The total value of the transaction is reported at US$1.7 billion, or US$1.3 billion net of Medtronic's existing stake in Mazor and cash acquired. Under the terms of the acquisition...
The RESPONSE 4.5/5.0mm System (OrthoPediatrics) has been launched in the USA. The company’s newest system, which received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance in October, represents a product expansion for physicians to treat complex scoliosis in smaller...

ExcelsiusGPS launched in Europe

The ExcelsiusGPS robotic guidance and navigation system (Globus Medical) has been installed in several hospitals across Europe. The system won CE Mark clearance in the EU in early 2017 with indications for use in both minimally invasive and open procedures for orthopaedics...
The Monolith corpectomy system (NuVasive) has been granted expanded FDA 510(k) clearance. The system is now cleared for procedures in the cervical spine, between the C3-C7 vertebral bodies, to treat diseased or damaged vertebral body caused by fractures, tumours, osteomyelitis...
The Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) has approved a Clinical Trial Notification (CTN) application for IDCT (DiscGenics), an allogenic injectable disc cell therapy for the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD). IDCT is available off-the-shelf and offers a...
A Select Health of South Carolina clinical policy, dated 1 September, 2018, has been issued for the exclusive coverage of the coflex interlaminar stabilisation device (Paradigm Spine) for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis in patients meeting certain eligibility...
Based on its recent analysis of the North America spinal fusion device performance enhancers market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Vallum with the 2018 North America New Product Innovation Award for its interbody spinal fusion device, PEEKplus. “To enable bioactivity and initiate...
The successful start of a first in human clinical study for the zLOCK spinal facet joint fixation system (ZygoFix) has been announced. The clinical study comprised several procedures to date and a six-month follow-up of the first case. The first...
At the 2018 annual meeting of the German Spine Society (DWG; 6—8 December, Wiesbaden, Germany), joimax will be introducing its Endoscopic Generation 4 Devices and showcasing new 3D-printed titanium implants. This year, joimax will be focusing on their Endoscopic Tower Generation...
Bob Paulson and Phil Soran have been appointed to Spineology’s board of directors. Phil Soran is an entrepreneur who has founded several technology companies and was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2016. He was co-founder, president,...
FDA 510(k) clearance has been granted for the SAXXONY posterior cervical thoracic system (Nexxt Spine). The system is designed to stabilise cervical (C1 to C7) and thoracic (T1 to T3) spinal segments via posterior screw fixation in patients with...
It has been announced that Mainstay Medical will participate in the upcoming 13th German Spine Congress of the Deutsche Wirbelsäulengesellschaft (DWG; 6—8 December, Wiesbaden, Germany). DWG will be the first medical meeting at which pivotal clinical data from the...
A recent study found that using a minimally invasive technique (MIS) for the placement of pedicle screws at the upper instrumented vertebra lowered the incidence of proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK) and revision surgery for PJK at two years. The...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee (BRUDAC) are to review data supporting the Biologics License Application (BLA) for Evenity (romosozumab) (Amgen and UCB) for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women at...
FDA 510(k) clearance has been granted for the Olympic minimally invasive surgery (MIS) posterior spinal fixation system (Astura Medical). The Olympic MIS system delivers a new level of intraoperative flexibility and efficiency by allowing surgeons to customise to their preferred...
A partnership has been announced between FundamentalVR and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH). Two surgical simulators have been installed at UCLH’s flagship University College Hospital (London, UK). UCLH the first in Europe to have adopted the VR...
The FDA has cleared SpinalCyte’s Investigational New Drug (IND) protocol for CybroCell. This is considered to be the first IND approval for a fibroblast cell therapy in a chronic condition outside of dermatological uses. The clearance allows SpinalCyte to begin...
The US FDA has announced plans to modernise its 510(k) clearance programme for approving medical devices for the US market. Data show that about 20% of current 510(k) devices are approved on trials that compare novel devices to predicate...
The first US clinical human use of the Voyant system (Viseon) for minimally invasive spine surgery access, illumination and visualisation has been announced. The case was performed by neurosurgeon John J. Knightly of the Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists in Morristown,...
An AmeriHealth Caritas Clinical Policy, dated 1 September, 2018, has been issued for the exclusive coverage of the coflex interlaminar stabilisation device (Paradigm Spine) for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) affects 1.6 million patients annually and...
Zimmer Biomet recalled 1,360 spinal fusion and long bone stimulators due to a lack of adequate validation and controls to ensure product cleanliness. The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, making it the most serious type...
CT-guided pulsed radiofrequency is safe and effective in people with acute lower back pain that have not responded to conservative treatment, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA; 25–30...