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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
SpineGuard have announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Adin Dental Implant Systems for the use of the company’s Dynamic Surgical Guidance (DSG) technology in the field of dental implantology, expanding the use of the technology beyond spinal applications. “Modern dental...
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found that the Royal Free National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust (London, UK) did not adhere to the UK’s Data Protection Act when it provided patient details to Google DeepMind. The Trust, a...
ChoiceSpine has launched a new biologics portfolio at its National Sales Meeting in Nashville, USA. The Biologics product portfolio is marketed under two brands named after the Stratotanker plane that refuels military aircraft inflight. Stratofuse is designed to fuel fusion in...
EUROSPINE has announced that, from 2017’s meeting (11–­13 October; Dublin, Ireland), the organisation will no longer print paper copies of the final programme, or congress bags in an effort to reduce waste and support the environment. According to the EUROSPINE...
DePuy Synthes has announced the US launch of the Viper and Expedium fenestrated screw systems. When used in conjunction with the company’s Confidence high-viscosity spinal cement, the screws are intended to restore the integrity of the spinal column in...
K2M’s Capri Small 3D Static corpectomy cage system has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Capri Small 3D Static is a 3D-printed corpectomy cage, and the company's third product family to feature its Lamellar...
Meditech Spine has received 510(k) clearance for its Cure lumbar plating (LP) system from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The system is designed to accompany the Meditech’s lumbar Talos fusion devices, which are manufactured with PEEK-Optima hydroxyapatite...
InVivo Therapeutics hasannounced that the UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, USA has been added as a clinical site for the INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects...
DePuy Synthes has acquired Innovative Surgical Solutions, doing business as Sentio; a privately-held company based in Wixom, USA, that markets nerve localisation technology for spine surgery. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. Sentio's platform is designed to...
The US Food Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Spineology’s Rampart One anterior lumbar interbody fusion system. Rampart One is designed to minimise the exposure and vascular retraction requirements associated with traditional anterior spinal fusion procedures. The system includes both standard...
InVivo Therapeutics has announced that two patients in the INSPIRE study of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold have improved from sensory incomplete AIS B spinal cord injury (SCI) to motor incomplete AIS C SCI in their most recent INSPIRE assessments. These...
InVivo Therapeutics has announced that a new patient has been enrolled into the 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)...
Thomas Mosnier, chief scientific officer of Medicrea—manufacturer of personalised devices such as the UNiD Rod for scoliosis treatment—talks to Spinal News International about the opportunities 3D printing offers for the large-scale production of patient-specific spinal products. What is the typical...
Slipped discs are the most common reason for attending a doctor’s appointment in Switzerland. Whilst surgery can address the pain associated with herniation, the disc remains degenerated. Veterinary surgeons investigating the potential to regenerate spinal discs using stem cells...
Creative Medical Technology has announced the filing of intellectual property covering data supporting the use of immune system cells for stimulation of perispinal angiogenesis as a means of treating patients with lower back pain, as well as supporting intradiscal...
Northwestern University (Evanston, USA) scientists have designed a sugar-coated bioactive nanomaterial—sulfated glycopeptide nanostructures—that could prove to offer a new gold standard for bone regeneration. “Regenerative medicine can improve quality of life by offering less invasive and more successful approaches to...
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The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a new patent relating to Zyga SImmetry’s Decorticator, an instrument which is designed to allow surgeons to prepare the sacroiliac joint for fusion by creating bleeding bone and space for autologous...
K2M’s Mojave posterior lumbar (PL) 3D expandable interbody system has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to a company release, Mojave PL 3D is a first-to-market, 3D-printed expandable posterior-lumbar (PL) interbody system that...

Keith DK Luk

Keith KD Luk converted his childhood love of handiwork into a medical degree and numerous fellowships, eventually specialising in spinal surgery. Over his career, he has researched, lectured and led societies around the world. His research in intervertebral disc...
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results play a crucial role in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as the decisions of insurance companies and other payers to approve procedures. A study conducted by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS, New York...
Implanet has obtained marketing clearance from the US and European regulatory authorities to market its new Jazz Braid. The new Jazz Braid is an updated version, designed in response to surgeon feedback since the initial product launch in late 2013....
SpineGuard has reached an exclusive distribution agreement with XinRong Medical Group for PediGuard in China, Hong Kong and Macau. China’s spine market has become the world’s second-largest market after the USA and is expected to be worth over US$1 billion...
Chronic low back pain affects approximately 10% of US adults and has a greater impact on racial or ethnic minorities and in people of lower socioeconomic status. Physical therapy is the most common evidence-based, reimbursable, and non-pharmacologic therapy prescribed...
A new patient has been enrolled into InVivo Therapeutics' 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) at Allegheny General Hospital...
Medicrea has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for UNID Hub, a data-driven digital portal for the company’s Adaptive Spine Intelligence (ASI) software. The UNID Hub is designed to support the surgeon workflow, identify tendencies...
Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) have published “Everyday Interactions”, a report which aims to support healthcare professionals to record and measure their public health impact.  The report and toolkit were developed in close...
K2M has launched the Sahara AL expandable stabilisation system, the company's first expandable product within its interbody portfolio. Sahara AL is the only lordotic expandable interbody device with integrated screw fixation on the market to help achieve spinal balance. The...
As promising new therapies such as those directly targeting survivor motor neuron (SMN) are entering clinical trials for infants, children, and adults with SMA, researchers are searching for biomarkers in blood that can monitor their effectiveness. Investigators report in...
Meditech has announced the launch of its Talos lumbar interbody fusion device comprised of PEEK hydroxyapatite (PEEK-Optima HA Enhanced, Invibio Biomaterial Solutions)—the newest generation of the product—following US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Meditech's Talos device is an intervertebral...
Spasticity is a common disorder experienced by patients with spinal cord injuries (SCI). Previous studies have shown that excitatory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) can reduce spasticity. In a new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, researchers found...
The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new ICD-10 code (10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, US variant) for a radiolucent porous interbody fusion device. The new...
SI-Bone has launched its new Ifuse-3D implant in the USA following regulatory clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration. The new titanium device is engineered to mimic the shape of the triangular Ifuse implant, this time incorporating a...

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Spinal News International is partnering with NSpine—the world’s most comprehensive spine review course—to offer live and on-demand meeting coverage from Monday 12 June. Spinal News International will be offering a FREE live stream of all talks taking place in Lecture...
The Eurasian Orthopedic Forum will take place from 29–30 June in Moscow, Russia. Two faculty members speak with Spinal News International about the state of spinal surgery in Russia. As well as heading the departments of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery Research...
Medovex has received CE mark approval for the Denervex system allowing the company to market the Denervex system in Europe. The Denervex system is designed to denervate and removes capsular tissue from the facet joint in one single procedure. Treatment...
In a preclinical study published in Stem Cell Reports, researchers developed a stem cell-based therapy for generating skin grafts to cover myelomeningocele defects—severe congenital defects affecting the spine—before birth. They first generated artificial skin from human induced pluripotent stem...
Little scientific research has studied the causal effect of psychosocial factors on low back pain, largely because of the inability of scientists to control psychosocial stress as a variable. A cohort study from Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine,...
The dangers of radiation exposure to patients and operating room staff are well-publicised. With the advent of minimally invasive spine surgery, both patient and operating room staff may undergo more radiation exposure to satisfy increased intraoperative imaging demands. According...
Bioventus has announced that its full surgical orthobiologics portfolio is now available through Premier, a US health care improvement company comprised of 3,750 US hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organisations throughout the country. Bioventus Surgical offers a platform...
Three-dimensional printing—also known as additive manufacturing—is one of the most exciting platforms shaping technology across sectors as diverse as art, food production and medicine. In play since the early 1980s, it is only in recent years that the potential...
Expanding Orthopedics Incorporated (EOI) has received CE mark for the FLXfit 15, an enhancement to the existing FLXfit 3D expandable cage. The FLXfit 15 expands up to 4mm and enables controlled lordosis correction of up to 15 degrees. There...
Results from three studies presented at the 2017 French Spine Society Congress (SFCR; June  1–3, Lille, France) have demonstrated the short and long-term safety, efficacy and patient satisfaction with the Zimmer Biomet’s Mobi-C cervical disc. Thierry Dufour (Paris, France) presented,...
Vexim has received regulatory approval from ANVISA (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária), Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency, in order to commercialise the company’s SpineJack in the country. According to a company release, the approval will open a new opportunity for...
NuVasive has announced that Skip Kiil is joining the company as executive vice president, International. In this role, Kiil will oversee the company's international operations, reporting to NuVasive's chairman and chief executive officer, Gregory T Lucier, and serving on...
Aurora Spine has announced that it is to offer out-licensing opportunities for its Polyaxial Zip ISP (interspinous process) implant locking technology. The technology is covered by United States Patent No. 9,603,637. "The combination of…‘One-Step’ locking mechanism, with no setscrew, and...
InVivo Therapeutics has announced that data from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NACTN Registry will be included in the Contemporary Thoracic SCI registry study (now called the “CONTEMPO Registry Study”), a complement to the ongoing INSPIRE study of...
Following terror attacks in Paris, France, Brussels, Belgium, London, UK, Berlin, Germany, and, most recently, Manchester, UK, experts at the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Congress (EFORT; 31 May–2 June, Vienna, Austria) have focused on...
Zimmer Biomet has begun the process of recalling its SpF Plus-Mini and SpF XL IIb implantable spinal fusion stimulators in the USA, “due to higher than allowed levels of potential harmful chemicals, which may be toxic to tissues and...
CE mark approval has been granted for the world’s first percutaneous injectable anchor system, SandShark. The Stimwave system is used to fixate the company’s wireless neurostimulator devices through a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure. “A wireless system that enables clinicians to actually...
SurGenTec, a minimally invasive orthobiologics company, has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a new patent for its bone graft delivery technology. The proprietary Graftgun delivery system is designed to enable surgeons to deliver...
K2M has announced the launch of the Mesa 2 Cricket, an extension to the company's Mesa 2 deformity spinal system. Cricket is designed to provide surgeons with the ability to efficiently complete challenging correction manoeuvres in all three anatomical...
Zimmer Biomet has issued a voluntary field action notice to users of some of its Rosa Spine, Rosa One and Rosa Brain models. Citing a software problem, the notice promises that a software update will be delivered on-site by...
Both surgical and conservative methods of treating chronic low back pain have reported variable scientific and clinical outcomes. New prospective, double-blinded, randomised, sham-controlled trial results presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal...
by Kimberly Templeton and Janice Werbinski It has been 36 years since the publication of the “Physicians’ Health Study,” which showed that low dose aspirin decreased the risk of a first heart attack in the 50,000 male physicians studied.1 This...
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...
Unable to attend the NSpine Main Conference this year? Want to re-watch the latest educational content? Spinal News International is partnering with NSpine to offer live and on-demand coverage of the course right here, from Monday 12 June. The world's most comprehensive...
Xtant Medical Holdings has entered into a licensing agreement with Sites Medical, for utilisation of their proprietary OsteoSync Ti technology, a best-in-class porous titanium scaffold. OsteoSync Ti technology is a highly porous titanium scaffold. Its high friction coefficient is intended...
A study to help determine outcomes for open vs. minimally invasive posterior lumbar spinal surgery has been approved by the Western Institutional Review Board. The study is being run by LifeSpine and the Oklahoma Spine and Brain Institute (Tulsa,...
Spinal News International is partnering with NSpine—the world’s most comprehensive spine review course—to offer live and on-demand meeting coverage from Monday 12 June. Spinal News International will be offering a FREE live stream of all talks taking place in Lecture...
Additional findings at the six-month juncture from Intralink-Spine’s early safety and feasibility study of the Réjuve system have indicated that the device can effectively eliminates or reduces low back pain. “We have demonstrated the safety of this device, and it...
Life Spine has announced the launch of its Prolift lordotic expandable interbody solution with the company’s Osseo-Loc technology. Prolift lordotic allows for in-situ disc height restoration, for minimally invasive posterior lumbar interbody fusion, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and oblique approaches....
Following the success of last year’s NASSISMISS meeting, the two-day scientific meeting from the North American Spine Society (NASS), the International Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (ISMISS), and the Indonesian Spine Society (ISS) will return this autumn (15–16...
The Accuro automatic spinal navigation system (Rivanna Medical) significantly enhanced the accuracy of epidural and spinal anaesthesia placement compared to traditional landmark techniques, even for residents-in-training and patients with atypical spinal anatomy, according to three abstracts presented at the...
An EOS System (EOS Imaging) has been installed at The Scoliosis Center, a division of Advocare The Orthopedic Center, which is the third site within the New York University’s Langone Medical Center Healthcare System to offer the EOS System...
Tricare has established a written coverage policy for minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion surgery. Tricare is a regionally-managed US healthcare programme for active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and their survivors. The policy provides coverage...
Inspired Spine recently presented on the oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF) procedure at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (12–14 April; Boca Raton, USA). Hamid Abbasi, who developed the OLLIF, discussed the procedure, including results...

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Always seeking to engage with spine specialists in new and exciting ways, the North American Spine Society (NASS) has launched a new social media campaign through its Facebook page, combining light-hearted “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT) posts with inspirational quotes from...
KnowYourBack is the North American Spine Society (NASS)’s patient-focused education platform. Brainchild of Raj Rao (Washington, DC, USA), it has been providing valuable information to individuals concerned about back pain and other spinal problems since its launch at the...
Since 2014, the SpineConnect forum has offered North American Spine Society (NASS) members the ability to share, discuss and debate cases, techniques, and research online. An innovative resource, the website offers academic and clinical collaboration in any place, at...

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Intending to become a cardiac surgeon, Lisa Ferrara began her career as a biology student in Bridgewater, USA. A lecture on future technologies and prosthetics captured her imagination, leading her towards the innovative and exciting world of micro-electrical-mechanical systems...
IZI Medical Products has acquired Cook Medical’s vertebroplasty family of devices. The portfolio currently includes Duro-Ject Osteo-Site, Osteo-Force and Vertefix brands, consisting of needles, injectors and cements. These products are used in the growing market for treating vertebral compression fractures...
Putting a spotlight on the latest innovations in spinal technologies, this year’s North American Spine Society (NASS) Summer Spine Meeting will take place in San Diego, USA, from 27–29 July. The meeting—which is chaired by Clinton Devin (Nashville, USA)...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance to Life Spine for its Cranial Fusion system. This clearance expands the indications for utilising the company’s Solstice polyaxial screws into the cervical spine. The Cranial Fusion system is...
Premia Spine has secured US Food and Drug Administration approval for its pivotal study of the new Tops system.  “We are excited about the opportunity to provide USA patients with access to the only posterior arthroplasty device for degenerative grade I spondylolisthesis...
World-renowned golfer Tiger Woods has announced on his website that he has undergone a minimally invasive anterior lumbar interbody fusion (MIS ALIF) procedure to treat “ongoing pain in his back and leg”. Richard Guyer of the Texas Back Institute,...
Titan Spine has announced that Ed Graubart has joined the leadership team as vice president of Professional Development. Graubart will be responsible for enhancing and building the company’s infrastructure for training and professional development at the company.  Ted Bird, chief...
Vertebral Technologies (VTI) has partnered with Turkish medical distribution company Medikon to distribute its InterFuse product line in the country. “We are excited to start working with Medikon, the company has been serving the Turkish spine surgeon community since 1995...
A new patient has been enrolled into InVivo Therapeutics’ 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) at Oregon Health &...
The first Irish sale and implantation of Mainstay Medical’s ReActiv8 has taken place in Dublin. The implantation was performed at St Joseph’s Hospital, part of the Beaumont Hospital Group, in Dublin, by Josh Keaveny and Alexander Moudrakovski, consultants in...
Medtronic has updated the indications for use and the warning statements for its Navlock trackers, following two patient deaths. The trackers—which are part of its StealthStation navigation system—had been used alongside third-party instrumentation in a number of cases resulting...
New research detailing the molecular mechanisms involved in the breakdown of the soft tissue discs of the spine may provide opportunities for advanced, minimally invasive treatments for low back pain. The study investigated the molecular pathways which lead to...
A drug developed during World War II as an antidote for a chemical warfare agent has been found to be effective at suppressing a neurotoxin that worsens the pain and severity of spinal cord injury, suggesting a new tool...
The Eurasian Orthopedic Forum has announced that about 3,000 participants are due to attend its 2017 event in Moscow, Russia, participants from Russia, Southeast and Central Asia, Middle East, Europe and Americas. This will make it the largest event...
Implanet has been granted CE mark for its new Jazz Standalone implant, used in the treatment of adult degenerative bone disorders. The device is designed to offer fast and simple freestanding posterior fixation to replace traditional fixation systems. It can...
The 50th installation of an EOS Imaging system has taken place in France at the Imanord medical imaging centre in the Hôpital Privé Villeneuve d'Ascq, a member of the Ramsay Générale de Santé network. This new installation is the fifth...
Amedica has been granted marketing clearance for its Valeo interbody fusion devices in Australia. The Valeo product line is made entirely of Amedica's proprietary medical grade silicon nitride ceramic—a composition intended to promote fusion with its nanostructured surface, osteoconductivity, osteoinductivity,...
The Si-Bone Ifuse minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion implant system has been used in more than 25,000 procedures worldwide, according to a company release. This total is helped by the increase in awareness of the sacroiliac joint as a...
Innovasis has become the first company to recieve US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for a standalone anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) system made from Invibio's PEEK-Optima HA Enhanced polymer. The polymer is exposed on all surfaces of the...
Nexxt Spine has announced the full market release of the company’s Inertia Corti-Fixx cortical-cancellous pedicle screw system. Corti-Fixx screws are designed to achieve greater cortical bone purchase with a smaller midline incision when utilised in the medial to lateral...
Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery who are treated with methadone during the procedure require significantly less intravenous and oral opioids to manage postoperative pain, reports a new study published in Anesthesiology. “This is a new application for an old pain...
Orthopaedic spine surgeon Jeffrey Goldstein, of New York City, USA has been named president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery at the organisation’s 2017 annual meeting (ISASS17) in Boca Raton, USA. Goldstein has been a member...
Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes (San Francisco, USA) have created a special type of neuron from human stem cells that could potentially repair spinal cord injuries. These cells, called V2a interneurons, transmit signals in the spinal cord to help...
Z-Medical has appointed René Rothacker as chief commercial officer and Jim Talbert as vice president of sales USA. The company received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market the minimally invasive Z-Pedicle screw system in 2015, and...
Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) has been the "workhorse" spinal procedure for the past decade. However, there remains the challenge of suboptimal lordotic interbody cage placement. A group of researchers have proposed that adjustment of spinopelvic parameters play an...
Medtronic has launched its new StealthStation technology at the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) annual conference in Los Angeles, USA. The new S8 model is intended to bring an advanced solution to neurosurgeons with enhanced workflows, efficiencies, and...
Titan Spine has announced the company has recently exceeded 1,000 implantations of its Endoskeleton titanium interbody fusion devices featuring Nanoolock surface technology since its launch in the fourth quarter of 2016. Nanolock is the company’s next-generation surface technology featuring micro...
Si-Bone has announced the publication of a six-year study comparing the company’s Ifuse implant to both conservative management and radiofrequency denervation. The long-term study was published in the journal Neurosurgery. The study evaluated 137 patients seen in an outpatient neurosurgery...
The first two installations of EOS Imaging’s EOS system are to take place in China at Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital , Nanjing, and Ruijin Hospital, Ruijin. Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, affiliated with Nanjing University Medical School, provides service to approximately...
7D Surgical has entered into exclusive sales representative agreements with two US medical device distributors; Surgical One and DB Surgical.  The 7D Surgical system is a machine-vision image-guided surgery platform. It is designed to  quickly, easily register spine surgery patients,...
Vexim has launched its new Masterflow Plus treatment, targeted at low-energy vertebral compression fractures (A1-type according to Magerl and AOSpine Classifications) in osteoporotic bone, in Germany. “Masterflow Plus is designed to…offer hospitals and physicians a valid alternative to treat osteoporotic...
NuVasive has announced the launch the new Reline Trauma portfolio, which is designed to provide surgeons the flexibility to customise their approach intraoperatively, including traditional open, Maximum Access surgery or hybrid procedures, depending on pathology and patient needs. The system...
The virtues of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) as a material for spinal implants are well documented. PEEK’s radiolucency along with its similar strength and stiffness to bone have led to the widespread use of the material in implant manufacture. However, PEEK is...
New research published in Scientific Reports has shown for the first time that human intervertebral discs may strengthen in response to certain forms of exercise. Whilst degeneration has been associated with certain activities in the past, exercise has never...
DePuy Synthes has acquired 3D printing technology from Tissue Regeneration Systems (TRD). The 3D printing methods developed by TRS are designed to create patient-specific, bioresorbable implants with a unique mineral coating intended to support bone healing in patients with...
The president of the North American Spine Society (NASS), F Todd Wetzel (Philadelphia, USA), has announced the opening of the society’s 30-day public comment period for its draft coverage recommendations on allograft and demineralised bone matrix for spinal fusion...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) market clearance to Life Spine’s Plateau-C Ti cervical spacer system. The system utilises the company’s proprietary titanium surface technology, Osseo-Loc, a surface technology designed to help create an environment for...
Zyga has announced the enrollment of its 100th patient in the Evolusion (EVSI) Clinical Study. This prospective, 40-site, 250-patient trial will evaluate long-term fusion and pain reduction in patients receiving SImmetry sacroiliac joint fusion. "There is clear evidence demonstrating the...
Medovex, a developer of medical technology products, has entered into a partnership with Technology Consult Berlin (TCB) for distribution of its Denervex system throughout Germany. TCB is expected to provide sales, marketing and distribution services. TCB—an associated partner of Kalms...