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...
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...
At this year's annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA; 25-30 November, Chicago, USA), Ziehm Imaging presents a range of mobile C-arms to provide suitable options for surgeons’ different individual demands. Their Vision RFD 3D and...

Donna Ohnmeiss

A self-described “long-shot” and in the first generation of her family to attend university, Donna Ohnmeiss speaks to Spinal News International about why she chose to put her degree in mathematics to use in clinical research, and how her work on...
As emerging and existing technologies continue to shape the way we communicate and spread knowledge, the potentials of digital learning is given increasing consideration. At the recent Eurospine 2018 annual meeting (19–21 September, Barcelona, Spain), the importance of remote...
“Dear Distinguished Professor, we invite you to submit...” Christopher M Bono warns of the rise in predatory publishing, drawing on his own experiences of falling for a well-worded scam email. As editor-in-chief of the North American Spine Society’s flagship...
Statera Spine has announced the formation of the company as a subsidiary of Ortho Kinematics. Statera will leverage the operational backbone and technology platform developed by Ortho Kinematics, but will focus on the commercialisation of Profile-ESP. Profile-ESP is an analytics...
A recent study has reported significant improvements in patients’ frailty status at one-year after surgery, as shown by the cervical deformity frailty index (CD-FI). The data, including a discussion about the efficacy of the index tool itself, were presented...
Costs were found to decrease for implants in surgery when prices were known, concludes a study presented by Andrew Glennie from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, at the Eurospine 2018 annual meeting (19–21 September, Barcelona, Spain). “Suffice to say there is quite a...
Paul Arnold, a spine surgeon based in Kansas for most of his career, now practising at the University of Illinois, USA, and current chair of the ethics and professionalism committee of the North American Spine Society (NASS), talks to...
  EOS imaging have announced the first two installations in Barcelona, Spain at Clavel's Instituto, a spine centre of Hospital Quiron, and the HM Delfos Hospital. In addition, the first installation in Portugal is planned in Lisbon by the end...
Mazor Robotics has announced that at a Special General Meeting of Shareholders held on 19 November, 2018, Mazor shareholders approved the previously announced definitive merger agreement with wholly-owned subsidiaries of Medtronic. Approximately 53% of Mazor Robotics ordinary shares were represented...
SurGenTec has announced the successful completion of the initial clinical launch of its new GraftGun bone graft delivery system combined with ViBone Viable Bone Matrix prefilled tubes. This early evaluation of the combined products was focused in the Minimally Invasive...
Highlights: Costs curbing the rise of robotics in spinal surgery Augmented reality surgical navigation technology enables high accuracy pedicle screw placement Eurospine audience sceptical of digital learning's potential in spinal surgery training Scoliosis Research Society president Todd Albert’s half-day...
This advertorial has been sponsored by INVIBIO™ Jill Wright Donaldson, MD, is a neurosurgeon at Community Hospital North (Indianapolis, IN, USA), specialising in the surgical management of complex spine disorders, neoplasms of the brain and spine, and peripheral nerve entrapment....
Medicrea has announced that the 3,000th surgery utilising Medicrea’s patient-specific UNiD ASI technology has been successfully completed. Five years after its initial launch, over 3,000 patients worldwide have benefitted from UNiD ASI, the 100% proprietary, pre-operative planning technologies and services...
  Vertiflex has announced additional results from a randomised, controlled trial of its Superion Indirect Decompression System in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). The results, published in the Journal of Pain Research, showed an 85% decrease in the proportion of...
  Zimmer Biomet has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an extension to the Mobi-C Cervical Disc labelling to include seven-year clinical results. The updated data remain consistent with the previous findings at two and...
Altus Capital Partners today announced it has acquired ChoiceSpine. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ChoiceSpine and Knox Spine (collectively, the Company) collaborates with physicians to develop new products which incorporate current medical technology with customised patient solutions....
Baptist Medical Park Surgery Centre, an ASC facility in Pensacola, Florida, USA, announced that it has successfully completed their first SI Fusion procedure with the recently purchased Mazor Robotics Renaissance system.  “The acquisition of the Mazor Robotics Renaissance system...
RTI Surgical has announced that HealthPartners, the largest consumer governed non-profit healthcare organisation in the USA, issued a positive coverage decision for minimally invasive sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion surgery, effective 1 November, 2018. This decision expands access to RTI’s SImmetry System...
  Implanet has announced the award of CE marking for the Jazz Cap System, developed to meet the constraints of vertebral fusion indications in adults. Jazz Cap System, which was developed principally to facilitate the treatment of degenerative conditions in adult...
Level 1 evidence, presented at EUROSPINE 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, demonstrates that i-FACTOR peptide enhanced bone graft results in significantly higher rates of fusion in uninstrumented lumbar spinal surgery than does the use of allograft. Michael Jacobsen (Middelfart, Denmark) spoke...
  The "Orthopaedic devices market size, share and trends analysis report by application (hip, knee, spine, cranio-maxillofacial, dental, SET), by product (accessories, surgical devices), and segment forecasts, 2018 - 2026" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The global orthopaedic device market size is expected...
Aurora Spine has announced that it has acquired an exclusive licence to US patent number 9,451,986 titled “Percutaneous sacroiliac joint implant and method for surgically inserting and securing the implant into the sacroiliac joint” in an agreement with SILIF...
Biogen was announced as the winner of the Orphan Product Award at last night’s UK Prix Galien 2018, for Spinraza, which in 2017 became the first and only approved treatment for 5q spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). In addition, the...
Colin Haines and Christopher Good, spine surgeons at Virginia Spine Institute, Virginia, USA, have performed the world’s first spinal surgery using combined endoscopic and robot-guided technology. The inaugural procedure was conceived by this team of experts out of a...
NuVasive has announced the US commercial launch of Brigade Lateral, the industry's first interbody implant and instrumentation optimised for lateral anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) spine surgery. NuVasive's Lateral ALIF is a proprietary spine procedure enabling access to L5-S1 from...
K2M

Stryker closes US$1.4B K2M buy

Stryker has closed its US$1.4 billion acquisition of K2M. With the acquisition, K2M will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Stryker, the companies said. Stryker paid US$27.50 per share for each outstanding share of K2M, representing a 27% premium over K2M’s average closing...
Life Spine has announced the initiation of the PROLIFT Expandable clinical study with Ahmed Khan, Central Connecticut Neurosurgery and Spine, Connecticut, USA. Mariusz Knap, vice president of Marketing and Business Development notes, “Clinical studies are the foundation for advancing innovative spine...
SpinalCyte has announced that a single injection of modified human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs) resulted in significant improvements of disc height and pain reduction 12 months after injection of the cell therapy for patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD). The trial...
Simplify Medical, maker of the Simplify cervical artificial disc, has announced that it has completed the enrolment and treatment of all patients in its US Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) pivotal trial evaluating the Simplify Disc for two-level cervical disc replacement. The...
Backpack Health’s cloud-based mobile app offers paediatric scoliosis patients and their caregivers a centralised platform to manage health data and connect with the global scoliosis community. Backpack Health and the Children’s Scoliosis Foundation (CSF) have announced a partnership that will...
Innovent Biologics, a biopharmaceutical company, has announced that the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA, successor to the CFDA) has accepted its new drug application (NDA) for adalimumab biosimilar candidate (IBI303). IBI303 is a recombinant human anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibody independently developed...
Bio2 Technologies, a privately held orthopaedics company, has announced that it received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to begin enrolment in an IDE clinical study to evaluate Vitrium as a cervical interbody fusion device. Vitrium will be evaluated...
EOS imaging has announced the change of its leadership effective 1 January 2019. The Board of Directors, in agreement with Marie Meynadier, chief executive officer of EOS imaging, has decided to change the leadership of the company to strengthen...
The era of routine robotic-assisted spinal surgery is on the horizon. Despite the hype, however, there remains little market penetration, with affordability and the degree of value-added by such technology representing significant barriers to complete disruption of standard practice. In a recent...
RTI Surgical and Paradigm Spine have entered into a definitive agreement whereby RTI will acquire all outstanding equity interest of Paradigm Spine in a cash and stock transaction valued at up to US$300 million, consisting of US$150 million at closing plus...
NuVasive has announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use of its COHERE Porous PEEK implant in eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) surgical spine procedures. NuVasive's patented Porous PEEK technology offers three-dimensional...
SpinalCyte, a regenerative medicine company focused on regrowth of the spinal disc using Human Dermal Fibroblasts (HDFs), has announced the issuance of new patents in Hong Kong and Europe. The company’s intellectual property in spine treatments now includes 35...
Spinal Elements has recently announced FDA clearance for claims related to the macro-, micro-, and nano-surface structure of its Ti-Bond surface coating technology. Utilising this advancement, the company have recently introduced the Lucent XP height- and lordosis- expandable interbody device. Interbody...
Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing surface-enhanced spinal interbody fusion implants, has announced it has closed a substantial round of Series B financing with its current investment partner, Southlake Equity Group. Titan will use...
Dedicated surgical teams have been found to reduce surgical times and room times in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Surgical times decreased by 13%, and room times by 11%, in 590 cases of AIS between 2006 and 2015....
Speaking anonymously to Spinal News International, a career and life coach for physicians said that the most effective way to address the issue of physician burnout, in his experience, is “experimental learning during the course of a three- to...
A recent study has concluded that the clinical benefits of a minimally invasive surgical technique appear to “diminish” as a function of fusion length. The data, which examined the relationship between open versus minimally invasive lumbar fusion and the...
With the introduction of new wearables designed for intraoperative use, such as the Hololens (Microsoft) head-up display, there has been considerable interest in bringing augmented reality to surgical procedures in recent years. At the North American Spine Society (NASS) annual...
TETRAfuse 3D technology (RTI Surgical) won a 2018 spine technology award from Orthopedics This Week. RTI Surgical accepted the award at the North American Spine Society’s (NASS) 33rd annual meeting (26–29 September, Los Angeles, USA). “RTI is honoured to receive this important...
NuVasive have announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Biedermann Technologies, a company that holds a broad and extensive patent and technology portfolio in the fields of spinal and extremity surgery, based in Donaueschingen, Germany. Biedermann Technologies works...
  Research that highlights a worrying trend between cycling and spinal trauma has recently been published in The Surgeon. Although the authors of the paper, M P Broe (Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland) and colleagues, state that, “It is...
Rates of survival are higher, and respiratory intervention rates are lower, in 25 infants with presymptomatic 5q spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) treated with Spinraza (nusinersen). Biogen announced these new interim results from their NURTURE trial; this is an ongoing...
Medtronic has announced the US launch of the Infinity Occipitocervical-Upper Thoracic (OCT) System designed to simplify posterior cervical spine surgery. A company press release describes the Infinity OCT System as a procedural solution that integrates navigation and biologics with...
The Ennovate® PentaCore® Screw is the new benchmark in the Pedicle Screw Systems market. Ennovate screws have a significantly higher pullout force, shear strength, and overall endurance than other screws currently available on the market, concludes a recently published study...
The global spinal implants market is forecast to grow at a 7% compound annual growth rate to exceed US$19.5 billion by 2024, according to a recent Market Research Engine report. The growth of bioresorbable implants is expected to propel the spinal implants...
Medtronic and Mazor Robotics have announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Medtronic will acquire all outstanding ordinary shares of Mazor for US$58.50 per American Depository Share, or US$29.25 (104.80 ILS) per...
ImmersiveTouch, a Chicago-based company, announced the launch of ImmersiveView, the only suite of integrated virtual reality real-time solutions for personalised surgical planning, patient engagement, and surgical training using patented haptic technology. ImmersiveView was launched at the North American Spine...
 Philip Sell (Leicester and Nottingham, UK) tells Spinal News International that as the field of spine surgery evolves from using generic to more specific outcome measures, he would be delighted to see a move away from surrogate outcome measures...
 Factors characterising an indication for surgery in lumbar spinal stenosis Outcomes following surgery for spinal stenosis present great variability, suggesting that patient selection could be improved. Anne Mannion (Senior Research Fellow, Spine Centre, Schulthess Klinik, Zürich, Switzerland) tells Spinal News...
 “Outcomes are important for patients. It is very important that we understand what happens to our patients when we carry out treatments, be they surgical interventions or conservative treatment. If we do not know that, we cannot adapt our...
 Frank Kandziora (Frankfurt, Germany), the 2018 president of EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe, tells Spinal News International that assuring quality in spine surgery is a cornerstone of patient care.
A recent study reports that new technology utilising augmented reality surgical navigation can be clinically used to place pedicle screws, enabling both high accuracy and an acceptable navigation time. The results were presented by Gustav Burström, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm,...
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies have announced that DePuy Synthes is introducing SENTIO MMG, a first-of-its-kind digital mechanomyography platform designed to assess nerve status and identify and avoid peripheral nerves during spine surgery. SENTIO MMG enables motor nerve...
CoreLink have announced the expanded commercial launch for the FLXfit15 articulating-expandable intervertebral body fusion device. FLXfit15 is a posterior lumbar expandable interbody device that offers up to 15 degrees of controlled and continuous expansion and is one of the only...
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted approval to Nevro for its next-generation Senza II spinal cord stimulation system delivering the company’s proprietary HF10 therapy. According to Nevro, the Senza II system offers the outcomes and clinical advantages of...
Highlights: Surgeons call for ban on pedicle screw reuse and demand two-step asepsis process Second scoliosis surgery of the day as safe and effective as first Many surgeons do not use patient-reported outcome measures in spine care Scoliosis Research...
Johnson & Johnson has announced its acquisition of spinal fusion implant developer Emerging Implant Technologies for an undisclosed amount. Norderstedt, Germany-based EIT produces 3D-printed titanium interbody implants specifically for spinal fusion surgery. The company’s devices use proprietary cellular titanium which...
Benvenue Medical, a developer of minimally invasive expandable implant solutions for lumbar fusion, has announced it has completed the divestiture of its vertebral augmentation systems portfolio for an undisclosed amount to IZI Medical Products. A company press release states...
Contaminated pedicle screws cost hundreds of thousands of US dollars a year, and through an increase in surgical site infections result in additional and avoidable patient morbidity. Anand Agarwal (University of Toledo, Toledo, USA) and colleagues are calling for...
Frank Kandziora

Frank Kandziora

Once an aspiring architect, Frank Kandziora has never looked back from the medical profession since being assigned a medical assistant during his military service in Germany. As the outgoing president of EUROSPINE, he reflects on the successes of the...
Invuity, a medical technology company focused on advanced surgical devices to enable better visualisation, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Stryker, pursuant to which Stryker will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Invuity...
New research outlines how spinal injuries in suicidal jumpers differ from those in non-suicidal patients with regard to patient demographics, mental health condition, injury location, neurological damage and associated injuries. The study was carried out by Hiroki Kano and...
Paradigm Spine, a company specialising in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis, has announced the issuance of a broad coverage medical policy from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina covering its coflex device for the surgical treatment of lumbar spinal...
Captiva Spine has announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its TirboLOX-L 3D printed Titanium lumbar cages. TirboLOX-L titanium lumbar cages are created using advanced 3D printing technologies to form titanium...
The Spine Center at Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center (San Francisco, USA), has been selected to participate in a FDA/IDE pivotal study, sponsored by Premia Spine, studying the use of the Tops System. St. Mary's Medical Center is...
Todd H Lanman is a spine surgeon known for his work on the advancement of total disc replacement surgery and motion preservation. Following his own experiences undergoing a number of spinal surgeries, Lanman has pursued a career dedicated to the restoration of his...
EOS imaging, a 2D/3D imaging company for orthopaedics, has announced the first installation of an EOS system in Mexico, the largest Central American market, at Shriners Hospitals for Children—Mexico, located in Mexico City. “Shriners Hospitals for Children—Mexico, noted for excellent...
UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its Appraisal Consultation Document (ACD) outlining a ‘minded no’ for the routine funding of Spinraza (nusinersen) for the treatment of 5q spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in England, Wales...
Eden Spine’s Sphynx plating system has been granted FDA clearance, the company has announced. Sphynx was designed to complement the company’s Giza titanium vertebral body replacement with rotatable endplates, introduced in 2012. The Giza is intended to replace and fuse a...
SI-Bone has announced that iFuse will be added to the List of Refundable Products and Services in France (Liste des Produits et Prestations Remboursables- LPPR), meaning that the French National Healthcare System will exclusively cover the iFuse procedure. Through...
Todd J Albert is surgeon-in-chief at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, USA, and is the current president of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS). At the 25th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST; 11–14 July, Los Angeles,...
NuVasive has announced the Pulse surgical automation platform has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pulse is the foundation for the company’s Surgical Intelligence system, and introduces 2D- and 3D-navigation and smart imaging capabilities...
Independence in mobility is the single most important factor affecting quality of life in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury, reports a study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. Based on validated clinical questionnaires, the study by Julien...
Neuroscientists at UCLA, Harvard University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have identified a three-pronged treatment that triggers axons to regrow after complete spinal cord injury in rodents. In addition to facilitating axon growth through scar tissue, the...
Nusinersen (Biogen) has previously been shown to be effective in the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy in infants under seven months of age; recent research published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, suggests that...
Stryker has announced a definitive merger agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of K2M Group Holdings, a company specialising in minimally invasive spinal devices, for US$27.50 per share, or total equity value...
A novel approach reported by Peter Pijpker and colleagues from the University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands, outlines the use of 3D virtual planning and 3D-printed models that have the ability to change how complex spinal surgeries are...
At the NSpine meeting (London, UK), Ahmet Alanay (Istanbul, Turkey) discussed the surgical management of deformity in spina bifida patients. You can watch the full talk and subsequent discussion below.
According to Woojin Cho (Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA), who presented at the 25th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST; July 11-14, Los Angeles, USA), spinal surgeons continue to wrongly recommend...
  NuVasive and Siemens Healthineers have announced a strategic partnership, which is to focus on “technology development, marketing and commercial activities to advance clinical outcomes in minimally invasive spine surgery”, according to the two companies. NuVasive is a spine health technology...
Izana Bioscience, a biopharmaceutical company focused on translational medicine, has announced the initiation of a phase II proof-of-concept clinical study of namilumab in ankylosing spondylitis, a debilitating arthritic disease of the spine that affects millions of people worldwide. The randomised,...
Scoliosis correction is an extensive surgery, and operating on multiple patients in one day can be exhausting for the surgical team. However, recent research finds that the second surgery of the day has similar outcomes and complication rates compared...
Following the completion of its first surgical cases, K2M has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and a CE mark for its Cayman United Plate System. The Cayman United Plate System is designed for rigid fixation to K2M's...
At the NSpine meeting (London, UK), Alessandro Gasbarrini (Bologna, Italy) discussed decision making in recurrent spinal tumours. Click to watch the full talk here.
Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists have announced the enrollment of the initial patients within Simplify Medical’s clinical trial to evaluate the Simplify Disc, its novel investigational cervical disc, at two adjacent cervical levels. James J Yue, a spine and neck specialist...
Bioventus has entered into a definitive agreement to divest its next generation bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) development programme to a new company formed by Viscogliosi Brothers, a private equity investment firm focused on developing innovative neuromusculoskeletal technologies. Bioventus acquired the...
  The first patients have been enrolled in an investigational device exemption (IDE) clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of the next-generation P-15L peptide enhanced bone graft (Cerapedics) in transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) surgery. Cerapedics gained FDA approval...
A novel immune-evasive gene therapy has restored skilled grasping function in paralysed rats, allowing treated rodents to independently reach for and pick up sugar cubes, research recently published in Brain reports. The findings of the preclinical study support the...
Concorde Lift (DePuy Synthes), a new expandable interbody device, is launching in the USA. The implant is designed to treat patients suffering from degenerative disc disease as part of the new offering called UNLEASH MIS TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody...
At the NSpine meeting (London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Benedictus Clinic Tutzing, Germany) discussed combined convex and concave costoplasty for posterior chest wall in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).
In Lenke type 1 or type 2 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), significant correction of the main thoracic curve with relative under-correction of the proximal thoracic curve increases the incidence of postoperative shoulder height imbalance. This is the conclusion presented...
The next evolution of the Reline system (NuVasive) has just launched: the Reline MAS Midline (RMM). The company description says this system provides “procedural versatility in a compact midline construct”. RMM incorporates low-profile modular implants and advanced system instrumentation to...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval to market a polyetheretherketone (PEEK) spinal interbody fusion device with a PEEKplus nanotextured surface (Vallum Corporation). The PEEKplus nanotextured surface is the first and only FDA-cleared nanotextured surface on...
Cerapedics has announced that the company completed a US$22 million financing led by KCK Group, a family investment fund that focuses on innovative medical technologies that meet significant clinical needs. This equity funding will accelerate the commercial release of i-FACTOR...
The results of a report looking at the rates of spinopelvic malalignment in nearly 600 patients show that malalignment is common both before and after short-segment degenerative fusions. These findings are detailed in the first peer-reviewed publication from the...
Mainstay Medical International, a medical device company focused on bringing to market ReActiv8, an implantable neurostimulation system to treat chronic low back pain, announces the completion of all implants in ReActiv8-B, its US IDE clinical study. A total of 204...
Spine surgeons earn high ratings for their skill and good clinical outcomes on internet review sites—but are more likely to receive negative ratings and comments on factors pertaining to clinic staff, billing, and wait times, reports a landmark study...
EOS imaging has announced the installation of its EOS system at the University Hospital Center of Grenoble Alps (CHUGA), a state-of-the-art hospital facility for osteoarticular surgery in children and adults. CHUGA is the 20th university hospital centre to acquire an...
HD LifeSciences has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Hive-C IBFD, a system of interbody devices for anterior cervical fusion procedures. The Hive-C implant system will be commercially available in July 2018. The devices are based on the company’s patented, additive-manufactured Soft Titanium...
South Australian researchers are embarking on a AUD$20 million medical and manufacturing research project which could reduce the chance of infection after orthopaedic surgery, thanks to a little help from the humble dragonfly. Working with leading surgeons and an Australian...
The first surgeries with robotically assisted minimally disruptive placement of the Centerline cortical screw system and the Prolift expandable spacer system (Life Spine) in an ambulatory surgical centre have been announced. “Life Spine is dedicated to address and support minimally...
A recent study, initially published in Nature Communications, shows that anti-oxidation specific epitope (OSE) antibodies protect against osteoporosis, illuminating the potential for a novel approach to treatment. The data presented in the report by Elena Ambrogini (Division of Endocrinology, Department...
The use of i-FACTOR peptide enhanced bone graft (Cerapedics) resulted in a 50% fusion rate, compared to a 20% fusion rate using allograft in patients with non-instrumented surgery. This is the result of the IVANOS study evaluating i-FACTOR peptide...
  Renovis Surgical Technologies has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Tesera SA Hyperlordotic ALIF interbody spinal fusion system. Tesera SA is a porous titanium stand-alone anterior lumbar interbody...
The results of the COAST-W trial demonstrate that Taltz (ixekizumab; Eli Lilly and Company) is a safe and effective treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), also known as radiographic axial spondyloarthritis. COAST-W is a Phase 3 trial, and is the...
EOS imaging has announced the installation of an EOS imaging system at ATOS Klinik Heidelberg, establishing it as the first private practice in Germany to offer the low-dose 2D/3D imaging system. The system will be available at the spinal surgery...
As a multidisciplinary membership organization, the North American Spine Society (NASS) has an incredible group of volunteers who work on many initiatives in the research, health policy, education, communications and advocacy arenas. This supplement will provide an update on...
Paediatric patients with severe spinal deformity are at a high risk of revision surgeries. Presenting his research at the Global Spine Congress (GSC; 2–5 May, Singapore), Munish Gupta (Department of Orthopedics, Washington University, St. Louis, USA) reported a 12%...
The A-CIFT SoloFuse HA (SpineFrontier) has received FDA approval. The company states that the A-CIFT SoloFuse HA standalone system was produced “to leverage the familiarity of existing techniques, while providing an alternative to traditional plating for one level procedures—with the...
The annual census of UK consultants and higher speciality trainees—Focus on Physicians 2017–18—indicates that more than half of all consultants and two thirds of trainees reported frequent gaps in trainees’ rotas, with one in five respondents saying these are...
Back Pain Centers of America, a call centre which connects people searching for solutions to their neck and back pain with spine specialists, have released a spine health e-book entitled Critical Factors for Successful Spine Surgery. This 65-page free...
US spine care providers have a brand new tool to measure and improve patient care: a diagnosis-based clinical data registry that tracks patient care and outcomes.  Launched by the North American Spine Society (NASS), this web-based platform will allow...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have granted clearance for the Catamaran sacroiliac joint fixation system (Tenon Medical) specifically indicated for sacroiliac joint fusion for conditions including sacroiliac joint disruptions and degenerative sacroilitis. The Catamaran sacroiliac joint fixation system...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance of Kyphon HV-R bone cement (Medtronic) for fixation of pathological fractures of the sacral vertebral body (or ala) using sacral vertebroplasty or sacroplasty. Medtronic state that this broadens the...
Porous polyetheretherketone (PEEK) technology (NuVasive) is a clinically viable alternative for improving osseointegration and fusion rates of interbody implants to treat degenerative cervical disc disease, a recent paper in the Journal of Spine & Neurosurgery reports. In the study, 50...
“Decompression and fusion for degenerative spondylolisthesis is associated with reduced risk of opioid dependency”, says Mayur Sharma (Department of Neurosurgery, University of Louisville, Louisville, USA), summarising his latest research, recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. The study...
TriStar Centennial Medical Center (Nashville, USA) is the first healthcare system to incorporate the Levó head positioning system (Mizuho OSI) into their operating room. Mizuho OSI state claim that the system confers better control and safety of a patient’s...
EOS imaging, a 2D/3D imaging and data solutions for orthopaedics, announced the launch of EOSone, its new private practice programme, at Becker’s 16th Annual Future of Spine + The Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference (14–16 June,...
The latest line of icotec interbody cages, designed to optimise bony integration and post-operative visualisation, has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance. The clearance includes cages for a variety of surgical approaches, such as cervical fusion...
Almost one third of spine surgeons do not routinely use patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). This was the result presented by Asdrubal Falavigna (Department of Neurosurgery, Caxias do Sul University, Caxias do Sul, Brazil) at the Global Spine Congress...
A preliminary study has demonstrated the feasibility of using a novel visualisation approach as a valuable adjunct tool for minimally invasive percutaneous procedures. This is the conclusion of Gerard Deib (Division of Interventional Neuroradiology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore,...
The use of a hydrogel after spinal cord injury is responsible for the restoration of independent breathing control in rats, according to research recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers at Jefferson, Angelo Lepore (Department of Neuroscience, Philadelphia University and Thomas...
The commercial launch of Fortilink-TS and –L IBF systems (RTI Surgical) with TETRAfuse 3D technology has added to a growing series of interbody fusion devices featuring RTI Surgical’s proprietary TETRAfuse 3D technology. The Fortilink-TS and -L systems are intended for...
Three factors were found to be predictive of survival in a surgical series of metastatic epidural spinal cord compression, including the type of primary tumor and a lower degree of physical disability on the SF-36 physical component score. These...
Patients who take prescription opioids for a longer period before spinal surgery are more likely to continue opioid use several months after surgery, reports a study in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.  According to the new research, led by Andrew...
Amgen has announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved a new indication for Prolia (denosumab) for the treatment of bone loss associated with long-term systemic glucocorticoid therapy in adult patients at increased risk of fracture. The EC approval is based on...
CoreLink, a manufacturer of spinal implant systems, acquired Israel-based Expanding Orthopedics, a privately held medical device developer. Along with the FDA cleared expanding and articulating FLXfit and FLXfit 15 titanium TLIF interbody systems, CoreLink has also acquired a broad array...
According to a study published in BMJ Open, just over half of patients think what a doctor wears is important and more than a third claim that their doctor’s attire influences the satisfaction they have with the care that...
The North American Spine Society (NASS) has issued a coverage policy recommendation for Lumbar Interlaminar Device without Fusion and with Decompression, which applies to Paradigm Spine’s coflex device. This recommendation is particularly significant for coflex because it provides the...
The global spine surgery products market is expected to reach US$16.7 billion by 2025, up from US$10.2 billion in 2016, a Transparency Market Research report states. The report anticipates that the spine surgery products market will grow at a...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted pre-market supplemental approval (PMA) for the coflex interlaminar stabilisation disposable instrument kit (Paradigm Spine). This marks the first approved disposable instrument set for a Class III spinal device to receive...
CIMZIA (certolizumab pegol) is the first therapy to demonstrate positive results in a 52-week, placebo controlled non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis study. The positive topline results from C-AXSPAND, a Phase 3 multi-centre, randomised, double-blind, parallel-group placebo controlled study to investigate the...
Countries in the European Union have long been the first to receive new innovations in medical technology, as the EU’s Medical Device Directive (MDD) provided quicker routes to implementation of new devices than its equivalent in the USA, the...
An experimental drug that blocks abnormal neural communication after spinal cord injury could one day be the key to improving quality of life by improving bladder function, new research published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests.  Researchers at The...
The Rampart One Standard anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) device (Spineology) has been granted FDA clearance, allowing it to be used with or without supplemental fixation. The Rampart One ALIF interbody fusion system is an anatomy-conserving technology, a press release...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for both the ALTA ACDF interbody spacers (Astura Medical) and HALF DOME lumbar interbody spacers in PEEK-OPTIMA Hydroxyapatite Enhanced (Invibio Biomaterial Solutions). PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced provides an innovative biomaterial...
The use of a bone-anchored anular closure device following discectomy is superior to treating high-risk patients with discectomy alone, a two-year study recently published in The Spine Journal reports. The landmark, randomised superiority clinical trial investigated the Barricaid anular...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) clearance to Camber Spine to market its ENZA-A titanium anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) system, a unique, minimally invasive interbody fusion device providing integrated fixation. ENZA-A Titanium ALIF is an...
The committee for medicinal products for human use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion in the marketing authorisation of Prolia (denosumab) for the treatment of bone loss associated with long-term systemic glucocorticoid therapy...
Intraspinal injections of human spinal cord-derived neural stem cells are well tolerated in a Phase I study of four patients with thoracic (T2–T12) ASIA-A grade spinal cord injury. This was the result recently published in Cell Stem Cell, supporting...
Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, USA) have launched a pilot study to see how a rheumatologic agent that treats several related autoimmune disorders affects the skeleton. The two-year study, led by Susan M Goodman (Hospital for Spinal Surgery, New...
A Loyola Medicine study has found that 15.4% of patients who take drug holidays from osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates experienced bone fractures. During a six-year follow-up period, the yearly incidence of fractures ranged from 3.7% to 9.9%, with the most fractures...
Case performed by Oded Hershkovich and Bronek Boszczyk (both Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK). nspine Introduction We would like to present an interesting clinical case of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), in which the concave costoplasty...
The world’s first advanced robotic treatment device that has been evidenced to improve a patient’s ability to walk is being made commercially available in the USA. Individuals with spinal cord injuries can now access FDA-cleared HAL, which is short...
Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons have proposed the development of a screening measurement to determine the likelihood of prospective National Football League (NFL) players suffering a potentially career-ending degree of cervical stenosis. This research was presented by Mark Callanan (Massachusetts General Hospital...
Spinal stimulation increases the odds of pain relief more than medical therapy when patients are faced with intractable spine or limb pain. This is the result of a recent study, presented in a scientific poster at the American Academy...
Spinal anaesthesia is safe for high-risk patients undergoing lumbar spinal surgery, and allows for better perioperative hemodynamic stability compared to general anesthesia, a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia reports. The study, by Michael Finsterwald (Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Balgrist...
A preliminary study suggests that an investigational drug may help increase protein levels in infants with spinal muscular atrophy. The results of the open label study were presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting (21–27 April, Los Angeles, USA). Spinal muscular atrophy...
Patients who have been taking opioids as pain relievers for several months before spinal fusion surgery are at increased risk of complications after their surgery, reports a study in Spine. The results were presented at the 18th annual conference...
Surgeons’ procedural choices and patient malalignment are the strongest predictors of distal junctional kyphosis in the first year following surgery. This was the conclusion presented by Peter Passias (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, New York, USA)...
Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy via an interlaminar approach is effective for lumbar disc herniation, with few complications, reported Jiancheng Zeng (West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Department of Orthopaedics, Chengdu, China), speaking at the 18th annual conference of the International...
Martin Underwood (Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK) has worked as a general practioner in Lusaka, Manchester, London and Coventry, UK. He has a track record of community based research into the improved diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly back...

Raja Rampersaud

An advocate for interprofessional models of care for spine and musculoskeletal disorders, Raja Rampersaud is a spine surgeon globally recognised as a leader and innovator in the minimally invasive field. His clinical research focuses on health services and quality of...
Postoperative gait disturbance significantly increases with age, persisting in elderly patients for longer than in non-elderly patients. This is the finding of a recent study comparing clinical and radiographic outcomes between elderly and non-elderly patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy undergoing laminoplasty. The...
EOS imaging has announced that University Orthopedics in Providence, Rhode Island, and the Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery in Raleigh, North Carolina (both USA) have installed the EOS system for low-dose, 2D and 3D imaging of patients. Both...
Both bracing and exercise have demonstrable, significant treatment effectiveness for patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. This was the finding of a randomised, controlled trial presenting level one evidence, carried out by Yu Zheng (Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering, The...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) clearance for the Zyston strut open titanium interbody spacer system (Zimmer Biomet). This marks Zimmer Biomet’s first titanium spinal implant manufactured via a 3D printing process. The Zyston strut open...
Both free hand and robotic-guided S2 alar-iliac (S2AI) screw placement prove to be safe, accurate and reliable techniques for achieving spinopelvic fixation. This is the finding of Jamal Shillingford (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, The Spine...
The international Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic Rehabilitation and Treatment (SOSORT) elected Luke Stikeleather as president at its annual meeting held this spring in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Stikeleather is the founder and president of the National Scoliosis Center located in Fairfax (USA). SOSORT...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) clearance to the PRO-LINK titanium stand-alone cervical spacer system (Life Spine) for spinal fusions. PRO-LINK feature’s Life Spine’s OSSEO-LOC surface treatment, and has experienced great success since inception, a press...
A novel endoscopic, stand-alone transforaminal decompression and fusion (TLIF) technique using the VariLift-LX system (Wenzel Spine) has been described in a 24 consecutive patient case series, published in the Journal of Spine. The VariLift-LX system is a stand-alone, threaded expandable...
Prominent spinal neurosurgeon Todd H Lanman (Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, Los Angeles, USA) has been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of its 2018 ‘Leaders in Health Care,’ taking home the prestigious award at the 2018 Health...
Using stem cell derived neuronal cells reprogrammed from genetically identical animals eliminated the need for immunosuppression measures. A major hurdle to using neural stem cells derived from genetically different donors to replace damaged or destroyed tissues, such as in a...
Bruce Dall is a spine surgeon, having gained his medical qualification at the University of Nebraska Medical School (Omaha, USA), and an advocate for those with sacroiliac joint pain, publishing multiple papers on the joint. Dall edited the textbook Surgery...
Recovery after severe spinal cord injury is notoriously fraught, with permanent paralysis often the result. In recent years, researchers have increasingly turned to stem cell-based therapies as a potential method for repairing and replacing damaged nerve cells. They have...
Spinal Elements, a spine technology company, has announced the release of its Clutch interspinous process device. This new product further enhances the breadth of Spinal Elements’ thoracolumbar portfolio and offers surgeons more options for treatment of various posterior thoracolumbar...
Percutaneous vertebroplasty does not result in statistically significant greater pain relief than a sham procedure, reports a study detailing the results of the VERTOS IV trial, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). This study followed patients with acute...
Michael Jackson's gravity-defying Smooth Criminal dance move, which wowed live audiences and inspired new forms of dancing, was down to core strength and an illusion, neurosurgeons write in The Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. Dubbed the anti-gravity tilt, the seemingly impossible...
In a small cohort of patients, spinal cord stimulation has been shown to restore volitional movement in select patients with paraplegia, after intensive therapy. This was the result presented by winner of the Philip L Gildenberg Resident Award, David...
A change in policy allowing overlapping surgery decreases length of stay in an academic, safety net hospital. This is the conclusion of Anthony DiGiorgio (Department of Neurosurgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans; Department of Neurosurgery, University...
Researchers trying to help people suffering from paralysis after a spinal cord injury or stroke mapped critical brain-to-spinal cord nerve connections that drive voluntary movement in forelimbs, a development that scientists say allows them to start looking for specific...
A new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers adds to growing evidence that patients underuse non-opioid pain relievers to supplement opioid pain management after spine and joint surgery. A report on the findings, which also shows that patients improperly store and dispose...
DiscGenics, a clinical stage regenerative medicine company, has announced the first patient has been treated in its phase I/II US clinical trial of IDCT for mild-to-moderate degenerative disc disease. The treatment took place at Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates...
Infuse Bone Graft (Medtronic) has gained US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in new spine surgery indications. InfuseBone Graft is now approved for use with additional spinal implants made of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) in oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLIF...
Auto-registration is better than point-to-point registration with respect to clinical accuracy when using the same active infrared navigation system during spinal surgery. This is the conclusion of the first study to compare the difference between the two methods with...
Highlights: Percutaneous vertebroplasty does not result in statistically significant greater pain relief than a sham procedure, according to the most recent results of the VERTOS IV trial Surgeons’ procedural choices have strong influence on risk of distal junctional kyphosis ...
The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has recommended the routine funding of Spinraza (nusinersen) for the treatment of symptomatic type 1 5q spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) (infantile onset). The acceptance comes after the SMC took just four months to review...
EOS imaging, a company specialising in 2D/3D imaging for orthopaedics, has announced the installation of an EOS system at the Queensland X-Ray radiology practice in the Gold Coast Private Hospital in Southport, Gold Coast, Australia. The system placement is...
A recent study detailing the cellular mechanism powering the neuronal regenerative capacities of axolotls (otherwise known as Mexican salamanders) hopes to find new leads in the treatment of spinal cord injury. Lead researcher Karen Echeverri (Department of genetics, cell...
Wearable robotics do not eliminate stress—they just shift it to other parts of the body. This is the finding of a study in which researchers tested a commercially available exoskeleton—a Steadicam vest with an articulation tool support arm—typically worn...
Highlights: New study offers hope for recovered motor function in patients with chronic spinal cord injury New algorithm decodes spine oncology treatment Experimental therapy restores nerve insulation damaged by autoimmune disease Minimally invasive TLIF procedure results in shorter hospital...
Stryker’s 3D-printed Tritanium In-Growth Technology continues to impact spinal surgery. A novel, highly porous titanium material designed for bone in-growth and biological fixation1, Tritanium was first introduced to spinal surgeons in 2016 when Stryker’s Spine division launched the Tritanium...
This article is sponsored by EIT, LLC. Emerging Implant Technologies (EIT): Cellular Titanium® for improved fusion results Frustration at the clinical shortcomings of existing cage designs and materials on the market provided the impetus for the creation of EIT Cellular Titanium®....
Designed by Columbia Engineers, the robotic spine exoskeleton (RoSE) is the first device to take in vivo measurements of torso stiffness and to characterise the three dimensional stiffness of the human torso. RoSE could lead to new treatments for...
Neurokinex (charity number 1169964)—the first and only international community fitness and wellness affiliate of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network (NRN)—has opened Neurokinex Kids to help children living with paralysis. This Gatwick-based facility provides children in the...
The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) named Belgian surgeon Marek Szpalski (Iris South Hospitals/Molière Longchamp, Brussels, Belgium) society president for the year 2018—2019 at their annual conference last week (10–13 April, Toronto, Canada). Szpalski is taking...
Two preclinical studies of IDCT, an allogenic (donor-derived), non-invasive cell therapy for the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD), demonstrate that proprietary discogenic cells, the active ingredient of IDCT, are safe and non-tumor forming. DiscGenics, a clinical stage regenerative...
Positive interim results of a retrospective analysis of the Luna 3D multi-expandable interbody fusion system were announced by Benvenue Medical at the Annual Meeting of the AANS/ CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves (14—17 March,...
The Tritanium C anterior cervical cage, a 3D-printed interbody fusion cage from Stryker’s Spine division intended for use in the cervical spine, has been implanted by 311 surgeons in more than 1,770 procedures across the USA since its introduction...
Gauthier Biomedical, a manufacturer of orthopaedic instruments and medical devices, has announced that it is the first company to achieve 510(k) approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market an electronic torque indicating device. Intellitorq (ITQ)...
Mainstay Medical, a medical device company focused on bringing to market ReActiv8, an implantable restorative neurostimulation system to treat disabling chronic low back pain, has provided an update on its application for the admission of ReActiv8 to the Australian...
Life Spine, a privately held medical device company based in Huntley, Illinois, has announced the first clinical use of SENTRY 2 lateral plating system, by Tien Le (NeuroSpine Center, Tampa, USA). The SENTRY 2 lateral plating system, along with the...
RTI Surgical celebrates a significant global milestone: providing more than eight million biologic implants processed through the company’s proprietary sterilisation processes with zero confirmed incidence of implant-associated infection. In 2017 alone, RTI distributed more than 600,000 biologic implants—helping surgeons...
CTL Medical has recently secured clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its new Seurat Universal pedicle screw system for the practice of spinal fusion surgery. This is the second FDA clearance for the company in...
MRI analysis of patients who received intradiscal injections of human dermal fibroblasts shows significant improvement in disc height after six months, the latest evidence from SpinalCyte demonstrates. The company say this suggests there is a quantifiable regenerative process stimulated...
CTL Medical, a Dallas-based medical device manufacturing and service company, has secured US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and approval to market its new MATISSE Titanium-PEEK ACIF cage system with the company’s proprietary TiCro surface technology in the...
The NuVasive porous polyether-ether-ketone (PEEK) material shows minimal surface damage upon impaction compared to titanium-coated devices, concludes a study recently published in The Spine Journal. NuVasive has announced the results of the study, which compares the impaction durability of conventional...
The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has partnered with Globus Medical, K2M, Medtronic, NuVasive, Zimmer Biomet, and the International Spine Study Group Foundation (ISSGF) to provide continued funding and research infrastructure for the Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis (ASLS) II study. The...
Analytic software developed by orthopaedic trauma surgeons at NYU Langone Health accurately identifies which middle-aged and elderly patients face a greater mortality risk following surgery for an orthopaedic fracture, according to a new study. PersonaCARE is a predictive, deep-learning software...
In an elderly Chinese population, intervertebral disc narrowing over a four-year period is associated with the presence of osteoporosis, and is greater in women than men. These results, initially published in the journal Spine, were the conclusions of a...
Cerapedics, a privately-held orthobiologics company, has announced the company received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate an investigational device exemption (IDE) clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of P-15L peptide enhanced bone graft...
Despite claims that helmets do not protect the cervical spine during a motorcycle crash and may even increase the risk of injury, researchers from the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison found that, during an accident, helmet...
A new study, published in the journal Stem Cell Reports, has revealed that the human brain's tiniest blood vessels can activate genes known to trigger spinal motor neurons, prompting the neurons to grow during early development. The findings could...
Camber Spine, a leading innovator in spinal and medical technologies, has announced the first surgeries using the company's proprietary SPIRA™-C Open Matrix Cervical Interbody device, a unique, interbody fusion implant consisting of spiral support arches and Surface by Design™ technology. The...
Spineology has announced that enrollment is now complete in the company's Spineology Clinical Outcomes Trial (SCOUT) clinical trial. The SCOUT IDE, conducted under an FDA-approved protocol, is a prospective, multicentre non-randomised performance goal investigation, designed to evaluate safety and effectiveness...
Dimitri Filippiadis and Alexis Kelekis (both Department of Radiology II, Attikon University Hospital, Athens, Greece) here detail the history and future of percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, and discuss the findings of the 2016 VAPOUR trial. This demonstrated that patients...
A team lead by Denis Evseenko (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA) hopes to delay or reduce the need for joint replacement surgery in osteoarthritis patients with an injection. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint...

Charles Fisher

Charles Fisher (University of British Columbia, Canada) was honoured in 2016 as one of the top 28 spine surgeons in North America, a highlight of a career spanning four decades. Head of the Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spine Programme...
Daniel Spencer is a business manager at Charlton Morris, an executive search firm specialising in the medical space. Here, he argues that 3D printing is transforming the spinal implant marketplace, and will play an ever-increasing role in shaping the...
Scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre report an experimental molecular therapy that restores insulation around peripheral nerves in mice, improves limb function, and results in less observable discomfort. These results were initially described in Nature Medicine in February...
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients treated with SPINRAZA (nusinersen) have experienced stabilised or improved motor function, contrary to the natural course of the degenerative disease, Biogen and Ionic Pharmaceuticals have announced. This is the end of study result from...
Varun Rimmalapudi and Jeff Buchalter (both Gulf Coast Pain Institute, Pensacola, USA) respond to an article printed in the October issue of Spinal News International: "Radiofrequency denervation fails to provide clinically important chronic low back pain improvement". The results were...
Experts explain their approach to treating patients who are living longer with cancer that has spread to the spine, as the options for metastatic spine tumours increase. Every kind of cancer can spread to the spine, yet two physician-scientists who...
Eli Lilly and Company has announced that Taltz (ixekizumab) met the primary and all key secondary endpoints in COAST-V, a Phase three study evaluating the safety and efficacy of Taltz for the treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), also known as radiographic...
The results of a two-year study demonstrate decompression with coflex interlaminar stabilisation extends the durability and sustainability of a decompression procedure. coflex is the first and only motion-preserving, minimally-invasive treatment approved for moderate to severe spinal stenosis post-decompression. The European...
EOS imaging, a company specialising in 2D and 3D imaging and data solutions for orthopaedics, has announced the installation of an EOS system at the Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, a top-ranking speciality orthopaedic hospital in China. This installation follows the first two...
Simplify Medical, a company focused on cervical spinal disc arthroplasty and maker of the Simplify cervical artificial disc, has announced a second tranche of its Series B financing of US$23.25 million, completing the oversubscribed round totalling US$44.25 million. The lead...
  Bioventus, a global leader in orthobiologic solutions, has entered into an agreement with LifeLink Tissue Bank, a division of LifeLink Foundation, to co-develop a next generation bone allograft solution for use in spine and trauma surgery. Terms of the...
Spinal muscular atrophy sufferers are a step closer to accessing vastly life-improving treatment following the formal National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invitation to Biogen to submit SPINRAZA (nusinersen) for assessment via the Single Technology Appraisal route....
Spine technology company Astura Medical has today announced the completion of the initial surgeries and full commercial release for its Bridalveil Occipital-Cervico-Thoracic (OCT) system. The first cases were successfully completed at multiple US hospitals. David Ou-Yang (The spine centre,...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has today issued the final rule on “human subject protection; acceptance of data from clinical investigations for medical devices”. The rule updates the FDA’s standards for accepting clinical data from clinical investigations conducted...
The nerve circuits that enable people to walk first appeared more than 400 million years ago in fish whose descendants still walk the seafloor on their fins. This is the finding of a study led by researchers from NYU...
Orthofix International, a global medical device company focused on musculoskeletal healing products, has announced the 510(k) clearance and US limited market launch of the FORZA XP Expandable Spacer System. Designed to restore normal disc height in patients suffering from degenerative...
Mount Sinai researchers have found a possible link between a poor diet and back injuries, especially in women. The study suggests that following a specific type of diet that excludes fast foods and highly processed foods could decrease vertebral...
  Researchers report the successful use of a novel therapeutic strategy to enhance forelimb recovery in mice with chronically injured spinal cords. The findings were presented by Hidenori Suzuki (Department of Orthopaedics, Yamaguchi University graduate school of medicine, Ube, Japan)...
The first cases using the Triojection system to treat spinal disc herniations in Germany were recently performed, Minimus Spine Inc. has announced. The cases were performed by Thomas Vogl, (Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, J.W. Goethe University Hospital,...
  New research using unbiased serum proteomics, a state-of-the-art technique in orthopaedics, aims to predict which cervical radiculopathy patients will fail conservative treatment and consequently require surgery. The principal investigator Steven Presciutti (Department of Orthopaedics, Emory University School of Medicine,...
Johnson & Johnson has formed the Johnson & Johnson Institute, bringing together 26 professional educational facilities across four continents. The Johnson & Johnson Institute also includes “a network of online education and partnerships across multiple specialties,” says Ian Davies, vice...
Kleiner Device Labs has announced full commercial availability of a new spinal bone graft delivery tool, the KG 1, featuring a patented design that facilitates less-invasive procedures and has been proven in clinical testing to reduce spinal fusion failure...
Life Spine announced on 16 January that revenues for ProLift Expandable Spacer System grew by 493% for 2017 as compared to 2016. “With the introduction of ProLift to the market in 2016, we have consistently experienced monumental sales growth...
Spineology has announced the completion of the first post-market study cases using its recently FDA-cleared Duo Lumbar Interbody Fusion System. In October, the company announced the initiation of this prospective, post-market lateral interbody fusion study designed to evaluate patient...

Shay Bess

Founder and president of the International Spine Study Group Foundation, Shay Bess credits the friendships and research opportunities he has had through his career with the meaning and satisfaction he has found through his work. He speaks to Spinal...
New research has identified that inciting events may be associated with a positive outcome for patients diagnosed with lumbar facet joint pain. Charles Odonkor (Associate Faculty, International Rehabilitation Forum, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA) presented the findings at the...
Highlights: New imaging technique to improve assessment of surgical patients with lumbar degeneration Precipitating events associated with successful radiofrequency ablation of lumbar facet joint pain Peptide enhanced bone graft outperforms autograft at two years Profile: Shay Bess https://o6xux43a6gs4eidym2svvhon-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2018/01/45-Spinal-News_lowres_US_v1.pdf
Highlights: New imaging technique to improve assessment of surgical patients with lumbar degeneration Precipitating events associated with successful radiofrequency ablation of lumbar facet joint pain Peptide enhanced bone graft outperforms autograft at two years Profile: Shay Bess https://o6xux43a6gs4eidym2svvhon-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2018/01/45-Spinal-News_lowres_EU_v1.pdf
RTI Surgical announced on 4 January that it has signed an agreement to acquire Zyga Technology, with closing subject to filing with the state of Delaware, USA. Zyga Technology is a spine-focused medical device company that develops and produces...
NuVasive announced on 4 January the launch of the company’s Coalesce Thoracolumbar Interbody Fusion Device as well as FDA 510(k) clearance for expanded indications of its Cohere Cervical Interbody Fusion Device. The launch and updated claims follow the NuVasive September...
Participants are now invited to submit abstracts to the EUROSPINE scientific secretariat for consideration for inclusion in the 2018 annual meeting, to be held 19–21 September in Barcelona, Spain. EUROSPINE is Europe’s largest spine society, with over 1,000 members and...
This article is sponsored by Cerapedics, Inc. A FAST, RELIABLE AND PROVEN ALTERNATIVE TO AUTOGRAFT i-FACTOR peptide-enhanced bone graft is challenging the gold standard in bone grafting and revolutionising expectations for spinal fusion. Bone graft substitutes are used extensively in spinal surgery...
A prospective, randomised study presented at the 32nd EUROSPINE annual meeting held 11–13 October in Dublin, Ireland by Gabriel Tender (Louisiana State University, New Orleans, USA) has confirmed results that show minimally invasive techniques in transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion...
EOS imaging, a provider of imaging and data devices and software, has been chosen as this year’s winner of the Galien Foundation’s Prix Galien award in the medical device category. The Prix Galien recognises scientific innovation that improves patients’...
Camber Spine has announced the clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its Spira-C Open Matrix cervical interbody device, a fusion implant that utilises the company’s Surface By Design surface enhancement technology. Spira-C is Camber Spine’s...
  A surgical solution designed to “simplify discectomy in minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery,” the Concorde Clear from DePuy Synthes has this week been released across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). “Concorde Clear is an ideal tool to enhance...
Omnia Medical has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its new vertebral body replacement (VBR) system, which is manufactured from PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced polymer (Invibio Biomaterial Solutions). The system is designed for use in...
A report from Transparency Market Research estimates that the total value of the spinal fusion device industry will reach US$11.0 billion (£8.2 billion, €9.3 billion) within the next eight years. The increase will be primarily fuelled by the rising...
South Korean biomaterials company CG Bio has received a ‘World Class Product of Korea’ award from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Korea Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) in recognition of its “world-class” status. The...
The majority of patients studied were pain free after receiving a new image-guided pulsed radiofrequency treatment for low back pain and sciatica, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA; 27...
A prospective, multicentre trial has found that a peptide-enhanced bone graft is non-inferior compared to local autograft bone. In addition, the bone graft outperformed autograft bone for overall success measures. The randomised single-blinded study reports that the use of I-factor...
This case report is sponsored by INVIBIO™ To view this case report as a PDF, please click here. Timothy Bassett, MD (SouthEastern Spine Specialists, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA) has over 23 years of experience in spinal surgery, predominantly in the treatment of...
Analysis of a 3.3 million-year-old fossil skeleton has revealed the most complete spinal column of any early human relative, including vertebrae, neck and rib cage. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicate that...
The major gap between fusion-oriented spinal surgeons and pain management physicians is bridged by endoscopic spinal surgeons. Current surgical philosophy by traditionally-trained spinal surgeons focuses on fusion as the ultimate “cure” for a painful spinal segment caused by instability,...
The golfing world’s eyes are trained on the Hero World Challenge, which begins this week in the Bahamas. In April, Tiger Woods underwent his fourth back surgery in three years, and he now appears pain-free and ready to compete. Woods has...
Park Ridge Health (Hendersonville, USA) has been awarded a Gold Seal of Approval for its certification as a Spine Center of Excellence from the Joint Commission, a recognised non-profit that accredits and certifies healthcare organisations and programs across the...
Medicrea yesterday announced the clearance of their additively-manufactured IB3D titanium interbody devices by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and introduced a new technology, the Adaptek service for designing surgeon-adaptive interbody devices. Denys Sournac—president and CEO of Medicrea—says,...
The T1 slope was first reported in 2010 by Knott and is considered one of the key players in cervical balance. Many studies have verified the strong relationship between the Health-Related Quality of Life or surgical outcomes and T1...
The former professional football player is a leader of Russo Partners’ Sports–Health Alliance, a service connecting sports, health and medicine. In addition to interviews at EUROSPINE2017 (Dublin, Ireland, 11–13 October) and the North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting...
A retrospective review of patients who underwent elective spine surgery in New Haven, USA has shown that the Rothman Index (RI) may be used to predict adverse events following discharge. The authors, from Yale Medical School (New Haven, USA)...
Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Paper Award for Medical/Interventional Science at the 2017 North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting (25–28 October, Orlando, USA), new research into astronauts returning from the International Space Station (ISS) is likely to have...
The rapidly changing healthcare environment poses a substantial amount of challenges. In the USA, this environment has shifted from surgeon preference and surgeon-driven expenditures to hospital mandates and, by extension, government-run insurance policies, as a vehicle for establishing a...
Two presentations at the Scoliosis Research Society annual meeting (SRS; 6–9 October, Philadelphia, USA) have shed light on the genetic factors at play in the risk and progression of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Familial studies suggest that AIS is...
In 2014, the company received clearance from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to market their range of interbody fusion devices. Two anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) procedures were undertaken at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. Richard Laherty, spine...
US president John F Kennedy is famous in equal parts for his youth, his diplomatic skill and his untimely demise. Less well-known are the multitude of health problems that dogged him since childhood. A historical review published in the...
Long-term outcome data for a low-profile artificial disc replacement (Prestige LP, Medtronic) has indicated that the device, when used at two levels, is associated with a higher rate of overall success than is anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)...
The popularity of sacroiliac joint fusion has grown rapidly over the past five years, with SI-Bone’s Ifuse device leading the market. Recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, the company has released a new version of their...
Researchers from Northwestern University, Evanston, USA, have developed a type of supramolecular glycopeptide nanostructure which appears to be able to amplify BMP-2 signalling significantly. Testing their nanostructures, the team were able to reduce the amount of the growth hormone...
A Conformité Européene (CE) Mark has been received by Medtronic for its neurostimulation platform Intellis for spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) in the treatment of non-opioid chronic pain, including low back pain, allowing the device...
Paralyzed Veterans of American (Paralyzed Veterans) has announced the launch of its 2018 Education and Training Foundation grant cycle. Applications for awards up to US$50,000 (£38,000, €43,200) for projects that aim to improve the lives of veterans and all...
Tissue Regenix Group yesterday announced the immediate appointment of Steve Couldwell as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “I am delighted to be appointed CEO and look forward to leading the Group through the integration of CellRight and expansion of commercial activities...
Stim onTrack, an app from Orthofix International designed to help patients comply with bone growth stimulation therapy, has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Spine Technology Award, presented by Orthopedics This Week. “We are honoured to accept this...
  Over the past 10 years, wearable technology has filtered into the mainstream, with market-leading Fitbit counting over 23 million active users. Wearables are used for tracking general measures of health such as heart rate, physical activity and sleep. Neurosurgeon...
Running a busy spine surgery in the 21st century is not easy, writes Matthew Coffy. Healthcare professionals in all practice areas are facing unprecedented financial and operational pressures, and the challenge is exacerbated by the fact that physicians are...
The Levó head positioning system, developed by Mizuho OSI, was showcased at last week’s North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, USA. The positioning system—for procedures from cervical to sacrum—attaches to the company’s modular spine surgery...
“The United States is by far the largest consumer of these drugs, using more opioid pills per person than any other country … in the world,” said US President Donald Trump. He has declared the increase in opioid addiction over...
The North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting yesterday played host to the launch of two solutions by DePuy Synthes for simplifying minimally invasive surgery (MIS) procedures. Minimally invasive surgeries now account for more than one-sixth of all spine surgeries...
  Interim results from a world-first prospective study demonstrate that robotic-guided spine surgery results in a five-fold decrease in the rate of surgical complications, and in a seven-fold decrease in revision surgeries, compared to traditional minimally invasive surgery in the lumbar...
Medical device company Nuvasive have launched a new porous titanium interbody implant for their XLIF procedures, named the Modulus. The Modulus XLIF device is a fully porous device, developed using additive manufacturing technology, otherwise known as 3D-printing. The new implants...
A study led by the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong, is first to report that a new biomarker—the ultra-short time-to-echo disc sign (UDS), imaged using ultra-short time-to-echo magnetic resonance imaging (UTE MRI)—is significantly related to degenerative spine...
A US-first surgery to replace the sternum and part of the ribcage of a 20-year-old woman has been successfully completed by a team of surgeons at New York–Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, led by professor of clinical cardiothoracic surgery...
Profile: Todd Wetzel

Todd Wetzel

As his term as NASS president comes to a close, Spinal News International caught up with Todd Wetzel to discuss his career to date, his society achievements and his hopes for the future of the spinal field. Like many...
Life Spine have announced that their Sentry plating system, which has been designed to improve lumbar stabilisation in anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) procedures, has been released in alpha. The Sentry ALIF incorporates a cam-style locking mechanism that prevents unscrewing,...
Life Spine have announced that their Sentry plating system, which has been designed to improve lumbar stabilisation in anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) procedures, has been released in alpha. The Sentry ALIF incorporates a cam-style locking mechanism that prevents unscrewing,...
The Camber Spine presenters for next week’s North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting were announced by the company yesterday. Dr John Malloy IV (East Coast Orthopaedics, Pompano Beach, Florida, USA) and Dr Luis E Duarte (Texas Brain and...
Garen Wintemute (Violence Prevention Program, University of California Davis, USA), in an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine, has called for physicians to make a public commitment to talk to their patients about firearms, counsel them on safe...
A study from Weill Cornell Medical College (New York City, USA) has found that, in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis associated with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis, minimally invasive decompression may offer a better approach than open laminectomy. The research team, led by Karsten Schöller,...
A team of researchers is planning a multicentre databank to track and evaluate the performance of personalised rods (UNiD Rod, Medicrea) in the treatment of scoliosis.  Manufactured according to individual patient imaging results using sophisticated planning software, anecdotal evidence suggests...
Eric Major, president and CEO of K2M, has been elected chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. The appointment is effective immediately. Major has taken over from Dan Pelak, who served in the role from 2010. Pelak will assume the...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared HD Lifesciences’ NanoHive interbodies. The company released the devices to the US market last month. Each interbody device delivers “four clinical improvements,” compared to other comparable devices, according to Lucas Diehl,...
Highlights: Sugar nanostructures reduce BMP-2 requirements for fusion by 99% Radiofrequency denervation fails to provide clinically important chronic low back pain improvement Profile: Todd Wetzel Feature: Stem cells https://o6xux43a6gs4eidym2svvhon-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2017/10/44-Spinal-News-International.pdf
Spineology has initiated a full market release of the Elite expandable interbody fusion system. More than 300 cases have been completed using Elite to date. The Elite expandable interbody fusion system implant is inserted into the lumbar disc space at...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) marketing clearance to Nexxt Spine for its Nexxt Matrixx system. The devices leverage "Nexxt generation" technology to create interbody and vertebral body replacement devices with optimised open architectural porosity, residue-free...
Zimmer Biomet has officially launched the Avenue T transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) cage in the USA. Avenue T incorporates VerteBridge plating. This is designed to facilitate simplified cage insertion and zero-profile, intradiscal fixation. It is intended to be...
DiscGenics has been notified by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for a clinical study of its first product candidate, IDCT, may proceed. IDCT is a homologous, allogeneic, injectable cell therapy that...
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has issued a coverage policy in favour of interlaminar stabilisation devices. Titled "Interspinous/Interlaminar Stabilization/Distraction Devices (Spacers)," the policy is dated September 1, 2017. Paradigm Spine's Coflex is currently the only product that has...
A new White Paper from Medicrea has revealed very significant rod fracture reduction for the UNiD technology in comparison to traditional rods. The company recently reached the 1,000-procedure milestone for its personalised rods. Relative to manually-bent rods, patient-specific rods significantly reduced...
Timothy Bassett, MD (SouthEastern Spine Specialists, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA) has over 23 years of experience in spinal surgery, predominantly in the treatment of adult degenerative lumbar spine. Specialising in addressing failed lumbar fusions, Dr. Bassett has extensive experience in...
Expanding Orthopedics Incorporated (EOI) has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the FLXfit15. The device offers infinitely adjustable expansion, and lordosis correction of up to 4mm and 15 degrees. The FLXfit15 is intended to expand the...
Waves of vertebrae-building signals pulse outward in mouse cells mimicking a developing embryo. Video: Pourquié lab Researchers have been able to halt and restart the “ticking” of the vertebral segmentation clock in mouse cells. They speculate that this discovery could...
A study by Jun S Kim (New York City, USA) and colleagues has demonstrated that an artificially intelligent (AI) system can better predict risk factors for anterior lumbar surgery than logistic regression. Statistical modelling is commonly used in clinical research to isolate...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Providence Medical Technology to market Ally in the USA. Ally is a posterior fixation system, intended to provide immobilisation and stabilisation of spinal segments as an adjunct to fusion. The system is...
Patient-specific titanium instrumentation has been implanted from the front and back, creating the first ever 360-degree personalised spinal surgery. Orthopaedic surgeon Benjamin Taylor performed the two-stage procedure using Medicrea’s UNiD ASI system at Wellington Hospital, London. ASI stands for Adaptive...
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Implanet two new patents for the Jazz platform. These patents bring the company’s total number of patents to 24 for the Jazz platform. The platform includes the Jazz Lock, the Jazz Claw,...
Stryker’s Serrato pedicle screws have been implanted by more than 100 surgeons across the USA during the first 30 days of limited release. A full commercial release is yet to take place. The Serrato pedicle screw is the first dual-thread...
One-year results from the IMIA (Ifuse Implant System Minimally Invasive Arthrodesis) randomised controlled trial have shown better pain and disability improvements for SI-Bone’s Ifuse system than conservative care. IMIA is a Level 1 clinical trial conducted at nine hospitals in...

Mapping the mobile spine

The lumbar spine is the site of over 20% of injuries in Olympic sport, according to the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine. These high impact injuries can cause enormous trauma to the spine, in a group whose...
SpineGuard has promoted three employees with the goal of reaching operational profitability by the end of 2018. Stéphane Bette, chief executive officer of SpineGuard, says, “We are very proud to announce these internal promotions as they reward highly talented members...
Highmark, the USA’s fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated insurer, has expanded positive coverage of sacroiliac joint fusion devices. All devices cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this indication, including cages or screws, with or...
New research led by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, USA, has found a potential non-antibiotic therapeutic strategy to prevent infections in patients with spinal cord injuries. This research using mice with spinal cord injuries breaks new...
Band-LOK has announced that two new patents have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) regarding the company’s proprietary Tether Clamp and Implantation System. Michael Albert, co-founder of Band-Lok, says, “We continue to explore additional clinically-relevant...
Brainlab has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the Elements Spine stereotactic radiosurgery software programme. This software is designed to aid in the patient-tailored planning of radiosurgery treatments for indications of the spine. Elements Cranial SRS has...
RTI Surgical has announced three new executive appointments. They include Jonathon Singer, a member of RTI’s board of directors, as chief financial and administrative officer, effective 2 October 2017. Jonathon Singer will replace outgoing chief financial officer, Robert Jordheim. RTI...
NuVasive has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use of the company's redesigned Magec system with its Reline Small Stature system. The products were featured at the Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting (SRS;...
Implanet has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the new Jazz Passer. The technology comprises new passer instruments and a variation of the Jazz Band braid, the Jazz Passer Band. According to a press release, the...
Mazor Robotics has announced CE mark approval for its Mazor X Surgical Assurance Platform. The approval allows Mazor and its commercial partner, Medtronic, to market the Mazor X in the European Union, and other countries that recognise the CE...
SpinalCyte, a tissue engineering technology company focused on regrowth of the spinal disc nucleus using human dermal fibroblasts, has announced today the issuance of Australian Patent No. 2015202319, “Methods And Compositions For Repair of Cartilage Using An In Vivo...
Titan Spine has appointed Chad Kolean as chief financial officer. In his role, Kolean will oversee Titan’s Finance Team and work to support the company’s growth following the launch of its NanoLock surface technology. Prior to joining Titan, Chad Kolean...
Stryker’s Tritanium C anterior cervical cage, a 3D-printed interbody fusion cage intended for use in the cervical spine, has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration. The cervical cage is constructed from Stryker’s proprietary Tritanium in-growth technology....
Experts at Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK, have designed a flexible battery that could provide an alternative to the rigid batteries that usually power medical implants. Currently, devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators and neurostimulators are fitted with rigid and metal...
The ability of stem cells to differentiate into a plethora of distinct adult cells has led to great excitement in both scientific literature and lay media. After years of research, however, tangible evidence for their promise remains elusive. Are...
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Medtronic’s Intellis spinal cord stimulator. The company has now launched the product in the USA for the management of certain types of chronic intractable pain. The Intellis platform was designed to overcome...
Carevature has announced positive preliminary clinical results for its Dreal spinal decompression and bone removal system. The data were given in an oral presentation by John Peloza (Dallas, USA) at the annual forum of the Society for Minimally Invasive...
K2M has announced the global launch of the Everest Minimally Invasive (MI) XTower instrumentation—an enhancement to the Everest MI XT spinal system. The announcement took place at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Annual Forum (SMISS; 14–16 September,...
Spinal Resources has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Swedge pedicle screw system. This system offers multiple features including titanium tulips, double lead and cortical cancellous threads; polyaxial, monoaxial, reduction, and iliac screws; and...
Jason Hannon has been announced as successor to Peter Crosby as chief executive officer of Mainstay Medical. The transition will come into effect on October 9, 2017. According to a company release, this move was planned in association with...
NuVasive has launched the LessRay software technology system commercially. Comprised of a propriety software algorithm and hardware components, it is designed to help address overexposure to radiation during operations.  Spine and orthopaedic surgeons can receive their lifetime occupational radiation limit...
Cerapedics has announced the publication of two-year follow-up data from a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical trial of the I-Factor peptide-enhanced bone graft. The results, published in Neurosurgery, show the graft to be...
Nuvasive acquires Vertera Spine

NuVasive acquires Vertera Spine

NuVasive has announced the company's acquisition of Vertera Spine, a privately-held medical device company developing and commercialising interbody implants for spinal fusion using patented porous polyetheretherketone (PEEK) technology. As a result of this acquisition, NuVasive is now the only...
Timothy Bassett, MD, of SouthEastern Spine Specialists and Brad Prybis, MD of Carrollton Orthopaedic Clinic share their early clinical experience with interbody fusion devices made from PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced for cervical and lumbar spinal fusion. Michael Veldman, Global Strategic...
Medtronic has announced the launch of a long-term clinical study programme to collect prospective data on rhBMP-2 (Infuse) bone graft in posterolateral fusion (PLF) and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) spine procedures. The first patient has been enrolled in...
NuVasive has announced the expansion of its San Diego global headquarters, including the creation of an innovation centre of excellence. Surgeons from around the world will be educated and trained on the company’s latest spine technology and procedures. NuVasive was...
Joimax has announced the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art Training and Education Center in Irvine, USA. The company will be holding its first workshop at the centre on 8–9 September 2017. January 2017 saw the relase of a US Current...
The first cases have been performed with multiple methods of in-situ expansion using Life Spine’s product range. “Surgical intervention for the degenerative spine is a multidimensional challenge,” says Thomas Scully of Tucson, USA. “At one level, my goal was to...
InVivo Therapeutics is to cease enrolment in its recently-announced cervical study of the company’s Neuro-spinal scaffold. The company has also halted its chronic spinal cord injury stem cell and gene therapy research programmes, and reduced its staff by 13...
SI-Bone has announced that Highmark, the USA's fourth largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated insurer, has established an exclusive positive coverage policy for minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion using the Ifuse implant system.  Highmark, an independent licensee of the Blue...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Xtant Medical’s product line extensions for the Calix-C family of cervical interbody cages. The clearance provides for the addition of two larger footprints, for use with allograft. The Calix-C is now...
Spine Wave is to launch the Proficient posterior cervical spine system. This marks the company’s entrance into the posterior cervical fixation market. A full launch will begin in October, with the arrival of commercial-scale inventory quantities. According to a press release,...
The Excelsius GPS robotic guidance and navigation system from Globus Medical has been 510(k) cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The robotic system received CE mark in January of this year. This platform technology is designed to support...
Expanding Orthopedics Inc (EOI), a medical device company focused on developing and commercialising expandable devices for spinal surgery, has been granted two additional patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO). The patents cover elements of the...
An abstract offering an update on Minimus Spine’s ozone gas injection treatment for painful disc herniation has been recognised as a Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) 2017 “Featured Paper”. Alexis Kelekis, an interventional radiologist and editor-in-chief of...
Renovis Surgical Technologies has announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market posterior lumbar Tesera porous titanium interbody fusion systems. These systems feature implants for direct posterior (PLIF) or transforaminal (TLIF) approaches...
For the past 30 years, the “conventional” T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been broadly used to diagnose low back pain. However, this is not a highly-sensitive or reliable tool and, as such, may not be useful to identify...
Since 2009, hospital intensive care units (ICUs) in the USA have witnessed a stark increase in opioid-related admissions and deaths. This is a finding of a new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's (BIDMC) Center...
The Asia Pacific spine surgery device market is booming, with MicroMonitor predicting it to grow to US$2,223.1 million by 2019—a compound annual growth rate of 10.5% from 2014. As companies develop breakthrough technologies and disrupt the status quo, capturing...
The biggest event in the spinal calendar, this year’s North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting, is fast approaching. The meeting (25–28 October; Orlando, Florida) will offer delegates the opportunity to witness breakthrough research, get to grips with cutting-edge...
Stryker’s Spine division has announced that its Serrato pedicle screw, intended for use in the non-cervical spine as part of the company’s Xia 3 spinal system, has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Serrato pedicle...
NuVasive has announced the appointment of Rajesh (Raj) J Asarpota as the company's new executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective September 1, 2017. As a member of NuVasive's global executive team, Asarpota will be responsible for the...
Camber Spine Technologies has launched its Open Matrix ALIF device in the USA following the receipt of 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Spira is an interbody fusion implant consisting of spiral support arches and Surface...
Spinal News International caught up with pioneering veterinary surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick (Guildford, UK) at NSpine 2017. A developer of numerous spinal and orthopaedic procedures for animals, he explains the untapped benefits of collaboration between researchers and both human and...
Stimwave has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the first wireless, micro-technology neuromodulation device that can enable ongoing full-body MRI scans under certain scanning conditions for the relief of chronic peripheral nerve pain. The StimQ Peripheral...
Bioventus has announced two changes to its executive leadership team. Greg Anglum has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer. Anthony D’Adamio has joined the company as senior vice president and general counsel. Anglum, who joined Bioventus...
Providence Medical Technology, a developer of cervical spine technology, has received regulatory approval from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for its DTRAX line of instruments and implants used in tissue-sparing posterior cervical fusion. The TGA approval covers the GL-DTRAX...
K2M has acquired the exclusive license to a portfolio of 17 issued and pending patents for expandable interbody technology. K2M has also announced its intent to integrate its 3D-printing technology, Lamellar 3D titanium technology, into new products developed with this...
Based on 12-month follow-up clinical data from its safety and feasibility study, Intralink-Spine has reported that the company’s Réjuve system has continued to effectively eliminate or reduce low back pain and disability associated with degenerative disc disease. According to the...
Invivo Therapeutics has provided an update on the progress of the company’s INSPIRE study (Invivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects with Complete Thoracic AIS A Spinal Cord Injury), which...
ApiFix has received Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration certification through its distributor, Orthotech. The ApiFix system will now be marketed in Australia for the treatment and correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) using a minimally invasive surgical approach. The ApiFix approach’s minimally...
Camber Spine Technologies has exceeded 150 implantations of the Enza zero-profile anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) device launched last July. “We have been doing anterior spine reconstructions for over 20 years and have used a lot of different ALIF devices”...
AlloSource has announced the release of AlloFuse Select CM, a premium addition to the company's AlloFuse portfolio. AlloFuse Select CM combines osteoconductive, osteoinductive, and osteogenic properties to initiate and nurture bone growth, delivering the benefits of autograft bone without the...
Globus Medical’s acquisition of KB Medical, a robotic developer based in Lausanne, Switzerland, has closed during the second quarter of 2017. KB Medical’s AQrate robotic assistance system, indicated for precise positioning of surgical instruments and spinal implants during general spinal...
Life Spine has announced the first clinical uses of its TiBow minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) expandable spacer system featuring Osseo-Loc surface technology with James Lynch of Reno, USA, and John Anson of Las Vegas, USA. TiBow joins...
Medicrea has announced that the world’s first minimally-invasive spine surgery using patient-specific implants has been performed by Christopher J Kleck at the University of Colorado Hospital (Boulder, USA) using the company’s UNiD Rod. The limited visualisation of the spine associated...
The first surgeries using 4WEB Medical’s Lateral Spine Truss system have been performed across the USA. The lateral interbody fusion device is designed to solve known surgical problems associated with legacy annular implant designs, according to a company release. "4WEB's...
Over half the required number of implants in Mainstay Medical’s ReActiv8-B clinical trial have been performed. The clinical trial is investigating the company’s novel multifidus stimulation device (ReActiv8), which is intended to help strengthen the muscle as a means...
Recently, scientists in the UK and Sweden developed a surgical technique to reconnect sensory neurons to the spinal cord after traumatic spinal injuries. They have now gained new insight into how the technique works at a cellular level by...
SurGenTec has been issued device and method patent No. 9,668,881 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its graft loading technology to post-fill implant cages. The Graftgun is a universal graft delivery system that is designed to allow...
Vertera Spine has announced that the company’s Coalesce lumbar interbody fusion device has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for use in anterior, transforaminal, posterior, and lateral lumbar interbody fusion procedures. The device features Vertera Spine's proprietary...
CTL Medical has secured US Food and Drug (FDA) clearance to market its new Matisse titanium anterior cervical interbody fusion (ACIF) cage implant with the company’s TiCro surface, used in the practice of spine fusion surgery. According to a company...
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice, French experts outline the country’s medical response to terrorism in The Lancet. By drawing on expertise from the military, equipping emergency responders, and improving victim identification processes, the authors state that the...
Richard Grant has agreed to serve as an advisor to Spinal Simplicity, and will join the company’s Board of Managers. Spinal Simplicity produce the Minuteman family of sterile-packed, posterior, non-pedicle supplemental fusion and fixation devices for use in the non-cervical...
ReNetX Bio has been launched as a new company aiming to develop the neuro-restorative Nogo Receptor platform technology developed at Yale University, New Haven, USA, by Stephen Strittmatter. Strittmatter is scientific advisor to and co-founder of the new company. The new...
SpinalCyte, a Texas-based tissue engineering technology company focused on regrowth of the spinal disc nucleus using human dermal fibroblasts, has been issued a new Japanese patent. The technology described in the patent (No. 6151006, “Methods And Compositions For Repair Of...
Premia Spine has launched US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pivotal study of an updated version of its Tops system. According to chief executive officer Ron Sacher, this is “the only posterior arthroplasty device for degenerative grade I spondylolisthesis...
Emerging Implant Technologies (EIT) has received full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commercialise its spinal interbody product offerings for anterior, transforaminal and posterior lumbar interbody fusion procedures, and cervical procedures. EIT cellular titanium is a...
ApiFix has agreed an exclusive distribution deal in Spain with Acuna-Fombona, an Iberian distribution company. ApiFix has developed a minimally invasive, non-fusion spinal implant system for the correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. ApiFix is intended to improve the quality of...
Simplify Medical, maker of the Simplify cervical artificial disc, has closed Series B financing of US$21 million. The new funds will be used to complete two ongoing US pivotal clinical trials of the Simplify Disc, studying its use in...
Philip Breedon, professor of Smart Technologies at Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham, UK), takes Spinal News International through the latest developments in co-robotics and telerobotics, including his department's innovative Scolibot system. Scolibot uses one robot to track the movement of...
Spinal News International caught up with Max Aebi (Bern, Switzerland), executive chairman of eccElearning, at NSpine 2017. He discusses the ways that online learning platforms will transform medical education from large lecture-based conference teaching to digital lessons enriched by...
Dennis Cirino, NuVasive's vice president of Computer-Asissted surgery, spoke to Spinal News International at NSpine 2017 about the importance of alignment in both deformity and degenerative cases. He explains his role in developing a technology working to achieve alignment...
Spinal News International catches up with Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK), NSpine's director and course chairman, at this year's Main Conference. He talks about the importance of collaboration accross different clinical disciplines and industry, as well as the most promising...
At NSpine 2017, Vikas Kapoor (Stockport, UK) talked to Spinal News International about treatment options for facet joint pain. He discusses the potential benefits of ablating the facet capsule in addition to the medial nerve (Denervex, Medovex), as well...
Sonny Bal, president and chief executive officer of Amedica, spoke to Spinal News International at NSpine 2017 about the potential benefits of silicon nitride for spinal fusion implants. He discusses impressive fusion rates and mass, the material's antimicrobial nature...
Spinal News International caught up with Todd Wetzel (Philadelphia, USA), the current president of the North American Spine Society (NASS) at NSpine 2017. He discusses the society's educational opportunities, the importance of regulatory advocacy in an uncertain political climate,...
Dominique Rothenfluh (Oxford, UK) discusses the importance of considering alignment in spinal surgery at NSpine 2017. The alignment of the entire spine, he explains, must be taken into account to optimise outcomes. Rothenfluh takes us through strategies and devices...
Spinal News International caught up with with Behrooz Akbarnia (La Jolla, USA) at NSpine 2017 (12–15 July; London, UK) to talk about the challenges associated with treating early onset scoliosis. He talks about the specific problems faced by paediatric...
The results of a clinical study on the efficacy of Amniox’ Clarix 100 cryopreserved amniotic membrane in lumbar microdiscectomy surgery have demonstrated greater improvements in both pain reduction and function from six weeks post-surgery than a control group. The research—which...
Pierre Schwich has been appointed chief financial officer of EOS Imaging, effective immediately. Marie Meynadier, chief executive officer of EOS imaging, says, “We are pleased to welcome Pierre to our team. His extensive experience with healthcare and technology growth companies,...
David C Dvorak has stepped down as Zimmer Biomet’s president, chief executive officer and member of the Board of Directors after 10 years at the helm of the company. He will remain in an advisory capacity to the company...
Prosidyan, a developer of proprietary fibre-based bioactive glass products, has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Fibergraft bone graft (BG) putty, a bone graft substitute for posterolateral spinal fusion. Fibergraft BG pulty is the second...
K2M and the Mitsubishi subsidiary Medicalnext have signed a long-term, exclusive distribution agreement. MedicalNext will supply the Japanese market with K2M’s spinal products. The terms of the agreement include a partnership of up to seven years. In April, K2M secured registrations...
Data presented at the 35th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium (Neurotrauma 2017; 9–12 July, Snowbird, USA) have demonstrated beneficial effects for SRK-015 antibody therapy (Scholar Rock) in a preclinical model of spinal cord injury. The study results revealed that the company’s...
SeaSpine has announced the limited commercial launch of the Skipjack expandable interbody system. The first cases using the device, a press release reports, have been completed. Skipjack is an expandable interbody system based on patented technology purchased as part of...
Michael Enxing has been appointed as vice president and chief commercial officer of Vertiflex. Enxing will be responsible for leading the company’s sales, marketing, health economics/reimbursement and professional education strategies, related to the launch of the Superion indirect decompression...
Spinal Elements has appointed Jason Blain to the position of president and chief operating officer. In this new position, he will have responsibility for product development, quality, marketing, operations, and regulatory compliance. Blain has 20 years of experience in orthopaedics....
Xenco Medical has announced the nationwide expansion of the ASC CerviKit, the compact delivery and storage platform for the company’s entirely disposable anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) systems engineered from a durable composite polymer. The ASC CerviKit includes all...
SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of the company’s Mariner posterior fixation system. Mariner is a pedicle-based system featuring modular screw technology and accompanying instrumentation. Designed to reduce the number of trays needed for surgery, the system is intended...
Stryker has received US Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for its MultiGen 2 radiofrequency (RF) generator. This product is designed to provide physicians with efficiency, control and reliability when performing radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of facet joint...
Novarad’s OpenSight augmented reality system has been used in what the company believes may be the first surgical use of Microsoft’s HoloLens. An automated percutaneous lumbar discectomy was performed by Wendell Gibby, neuroradiologist and chief executive officer of Novarad. “This...
In a market booming with new technologies and therapies, spinal surgeons are spoilt for choice when it comes to implants and other devices. Stryker’s John Mayor talks to Spinal News International about emerging technologies, education and the evidence behind...
Expanding Orthopedics has been granted CE mark for the FLXfit 15 expandable cage. The FLXfit 15 can expand up to 4mm and is designed to enable controlled lordosis correction of up to 15⁰. There are two linear length options;...
James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, UK,  has been added as the country’s first clinical site for Invivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects with Complete...
CTL Medical has reached a national partnership agreement with G-21, an Italian-based biomaterials company. As a result, CTL Medical will now co-market G-21’s bone cement, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty technologies in the USA. Daniel Chon, president and chief executive officer of...
At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses osteosynthesis of atlas fractures.
At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses difficult odontoid fractures.
US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK)—the second-youngest man to hold the position in history—is not known for his ill-health. However, the president was faced by a number of health problems throughout is life, including scarlet fever, long-standing gastrointestinal disease,...
At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses the technical steps involved in reconstructing lumbopelvic and sacral fractures.
SpineGuard has appointed Stéphane Bette, co-founder, chief technical officer and US general manager, as chief executive officer of the company effective 13 July. Pierre Jérôme, who has served as chief executive officer since the company’s founding, will continue to serve...
At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses multilevel tumour resection including dura.
Medacta International has introduced the MectaLIF Anterior Hybrid interbody fusion device, which was cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2017. The MectaLIF family of cages is designed to provide enhanced in situ stability, restoration of...
Nearly one in three competitive athletes experiences low back pain. According to a literature review in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, low back pain among elite athletes who play varsity or professional sports requires additional...
At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses how sacral osteotomy and lumbopelvic rotation can improve pelvic incidence.
K2M has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE marking for its Nile Proximal Fixation spinal system, a device specifically designed for proximal construct augmentation. Nile Proximal Fixation is designed to address complex spinal...
A European transnational consortium led by Maastricht University (UM), Maastricht, The Netherlands, is to spend the next four years developing innovative bone implants, intended to become an alternative for repeat surgeries, prolonged medication use and donor tissue implementation following...
At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses how he performs staged correction of adult kyphosis and spinal lengthening.
At the NSpine meeting (12—15 June, 2017, London, UK), Bronek Boszczyk (Nottingham, UK) discusses anterior spinal access in an extra lunch time session.
Life Spine has announced the full commercial launch of two additions to the Osseo-Loc spinal implant range. The company’s ProLift expandable posterior/transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion spacer system and the Tibow expandable transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion spacer system join Life Spine’s...
In three randomised trials, treatment of chronic low back pain (CLBP) with radiofrequency denervation resulted in either no improvement or no clinically important improvement in pain, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association...