Reducing the radiation dose of intraoperative cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) during posterior spinal fusion (PSF) for paediatric scoliosis does not lead to an increased rate of pedicle screw violation, new research has shown. The retrospective observational study, the findings...
Tether breakage after vertebral body tethering (VBT) leads to a consistent loss of correction when it occurs within the first 12 months. However, it has limited clinical relevance when tether breakage occurs after this timepoint, new research, published by...
Elevation Spine has announced the completion of its Series B preferred stock financing, with the US$11 million raised going towards boosting the commercial production of its Saber-C device as well as supporting product development of future Saber technology products. The...
Healthcare investment firm KICVentures Group, led by orthopaedic spine surgeon Kingsley Chin, has announced the formation of a new company, NANISX, which will focus on less exposure surgery (LES) of the spine in ambulatory surgery centres (ASCs). NANISX will be...
Altus Spine has received Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office on its Pars Repair Device—a new device which the company says is designed to provide a more elegant solution for treating symptomatic adolescent spondylolysis...
Minimally invasive surgery with tubular retractors and a tailored interlaminar fenestration and, if needed, a transdural approach, is safe and effective for the treatment of spinal cerebrospinal fluid leaks (CSFs), new research has found. Published in the Journal of Neurosurgery:...
The Lumbar Synovial Cyst Score model is a quick and accurate tool that can assist in the clinical decision-making process when treating those with lumbar synovial cysts (LSVs), new research—published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine by Paul Page...
Augmedics has announced the milestone achievement of 2,000 commercial cases completed utilising its xvision spine system. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared xvision system is designed to allow surgeons to see patients’ anatomy as if they have ‘X-ray vision.’...
Onward Medical recently announced that the Up-LIFT pivotal study evaluating its non-invasive spinal cord stimulation (SCS) ARC-EX therapy achieved its primary effectiveness endpoint of improvement in upper extremity strength and function in patients with movement disabilities. “Restoring hand and arm...
SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of the WaveForm TA (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion articulating) interbody system. The WaveForm TA Interbody isystem is designed to deliver an interbody to the anterior portion of the disc space to optimise...
The incidence and burden of spinal cord injury (SCI) has increased during the past 30 years and effective measures are needed to face the challenges brought about by a growing and aging population. This is the key takeaway from...
RIWOspine is expanding its product portfolio to include an innovative segment in the field of minimally invasive spinal surgery. The new evospine product range comprises special implant and instrument solutions for interbody fusion and dorsal stabilisation of the spine,...
Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to bring efficiency and automation to the decision-making process for determining surgical candidacy for those with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), with performance comparable to a multidisciplinary panel of physicians. This is the key...
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion (PCLF) provide comparable postoperative neck pain improvement at three, 12, and 24 months following three- or four-segment surgery of patients who suffer from cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM)...
eCential Robotics has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its 3D imaging, navigation and robotics guidance system. Created in 2009 by company president and chairman, Stéphane Lavallée, eCential Robotics' goal is to reinforce the safety and...
NeuraMedica has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its DuraFuse dural clips which, according to the firm, are designed to allow for fast and secure dural closure. Neil Roundy, a neurosurgeon...
Six-month data comparing the Nexxt Matrixx 3D-printed titanium interbody family to PEEK devices was our top story in August. The news that Sheeraz Qureshi has joined the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS; New York, USA) as co-chief of HSS...
Wenzel Spine has announced the launch of the S-LIF procedure for standalone lumbar interbody fusion using the VariLift-LX device, which the company says is the only standalone expandable posterior lumbar interbody fusion device that is US Food and Drug...
Indirect decompression (ID) for the treatment of lumbar spondylolisthesis does not provide superior long-term clinical outcomes compared to direct decompression (DD), new research has suggested. The study—the results of which were presented by Lydia Joy McKeithan (UC Davis Department...
SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of its Meridian anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) system featuring the Reef A interbody. The Meridian anterior lumbar interbody system was designed to be a modular instrument and implant system that streamlines the...
Gimer Medical today announced that the company’s spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system was granted conditional investigational device exemption (IDE) approval by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 13 August. According to a company press release, Gimer is now...
Orthofix has signed a strategic partnership agreement with CGBio, a developer of synthetic bone grafts currently used clinically in Asia for spine, orthopaedic, trauma and dental applications. The two companies will work together for clinical development and commercialisation of Novosis recombinant...
United Spinal Association has appointed five new members to its board of directors for the new fiscal year: Attorney Felecia Woolens, SUNY Stony Brook professor Brooke Ellison, career disability advocate Monica Wiley, Intel designer and researcher Pete Denman, and healthcare professional Afsar...
Nexus Spine has announced the full commercial launch of its PressON posterior lumbar fixation system which features rods that press onto pedicle screws rather than attach using set screws. This novel design is approximately one quarter the size of traditional systems...
Spineology has announced the limited launch of OptiLIF Endo—an ultra-minimally invasive system that requires just one tubular retractor to integrate endoscopes and endoscopic equipment into lumbar interbody fusion procedures. The OptiMesh multiplanar expandable implant enables this single tube system to employ the smallest diameter...
Abbott has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its new Proclaim Plus spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system featuring FlexBurst360 therapy. The company describes FlexBurst360 as the next generation of its proprietary BurstDR stimulation, offering...
AxioMed has announced that it has submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all the required documents for PMA Module III, as the company moves closer to market approval of its lumbar viscoelastic disc replacement in the...
Surgalign has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its Cortera spinal fixation system— a 5.5/6mm rod pedicle screw system, that has both open and minimally invasive modules. Terry Rich, president and CEO of Surgalign, said: “The Cortera...
Spatial distribution patterns of fat infiltration (FI) in the paraspinal muscles (PSMs) is a potential diagnostic biomarker that may also provide granular mechanistic insights into spine biomechanics related to chronic low back pain (cLBP), as well as advancing the...
Operative treatment for adult cervical deformity (ACD) provides significant improvements in health-related quality of life at a mean 3.4-year follow-up, despite high complication rates and a high rate of all-cause mortality that is reflective of the overall frailty of...
There is no significant association between the type of index operation—decompression alone or decompression with fusion—and incidence of revision surgery or the outcomes of pain, disability, and quality of life among patients after three years in those with degenerative...
NuVasive recently announced the resignation of its executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Massimo Calafiore. Calafiore will be leave NuVasive on August 31 to become the chief executive of a privately-held orthopaedics technology company. His responsibilities will be reallocated among...
Zavation Medical Products has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of Varisync, a cervical intervertebral body fusion device. The most recent addition to the Zavation cervical spine portfolio, Varisync has been tested and approved for both the independent and...
Theragen has announced that it has been granted a US patent for the development of its ActaStim-S spine fusion bone growth stimulator system. ActaStim-S blends clinically proven therapeutic stimulation with modern design and a data-rich digital health platform, says Theragen....
A debate on the use of robotics in spine surgery was the most popular piece on Spinal News International in July, closely followed by research on a novel hydrogel and a study on the correlation between insurance type and...
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS; New York, USA) has announced the appointment of Sheeraz Qureshi, as co-chief of HSS Spine, effective 1 October 2022. Qureshi will succeed Harvinder Sandhu, and joins Andrew Sama, as co-chief of HSS Spine. Sandhu will become co-chief emeritus of HSS...
Kleiner Device Labs has announced that its new KG2 Surge flow-thru interbody system was used in its first surgical procedure. Anders Cohen performed a single-level transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), fusing L5-S1 at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (New York,...
VySpine has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its VyPlate anterior cervical plate (ACP) system. The VyPlate ACP system is indicated for stabilisation of the anterior cervical spine from C2...
Sacroiliac joint fusion (SIJF) shows potential as a surgical treatment option for those with lower back pain as a result of sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pathology, new research has indicated. A systematic review and meta-analysis—the results of which were presented...
German-based joimax has announced an exclusive partnership with Andeller (Nanjing) Healthcare and Technology Co for distribution in China. Under the new strategic partnership, which is effective immediately, Andeller—a subsidiary of C&D Corp—will be the sole provider of joimax products to surgeons...
Orthofix has announced the limited market release and first patient implant of the Virtuos lyograft, which the company describes as a first-of-its-kind, shelf-stable and complete autograft substitute for spine and orthopaedic procedures. The allograft is prepared by MTF Biologics through a...
For patients who underwent adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery, preoperative opioid use and pain duration of four or more years were independently associated with higher odds of chronic post-surgery opioid use. This is according to a Johns Hopkins University...
Spinal cord and brain injury researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis, USA), are studying new alternatives to promote functional recovery after a spinal cord injury (SCI). In a paper recently published in JCI Insight, the team of researchers used models...
Wenzel Spine has announced that the first awake spinal fusion procedure using its VariLift-LX interbody implant has been performed. The less invasive spine surgery (LISS) was performed without general anaesthesia by board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon Ahmer Ghori, (Fort Wayne, USA). Ghori coined LISS to...
Nexus Spine has announced the beta launch of its Stable-C cervical interbody fusion implants featuring integrated anchoring blades. The limited release adds to the company’s growing line of Tranquil interbody offerings, which currently includes anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF), posterior lumbar interbody...
NeuroAiD (MLC601/MLC901; Moleac) has a favourable safety profile and promising benefits as an add-on therapy to patients suffering from severe spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and, as such, a future controlled clinical trial is justified. This is according to the results...
Spinal Elements has revealed that orthopaedic surgeon Pierce Nunley (Specialists Hospital Shreveport, Shreveport, USA), completed the first two commercial cases with its Karma minimally invasive (MIS) system. The Karma MIS system is designed to access and deliver the Karma implant...
Nexxt Spine has announced the completion of enrolment and six-month clinical data collection comparing the Nexxt Matrixx 3D-printed titanium interbody family to polyetheretherketone (PEEK) devices. Jim Freid, the company’s director of development and clinical studies, said: “Results from the six-month...
Spiderwort has announced the successful completion of its US$13.2 million Series A financing round, the money of which will be used to further develop its biotechnology innovations aimed at treating acute spinal cord injuries. The financing round was led by Horizons...
The disparities in chronic low back pain experienced by Black patients compared to White patients are not linked to the patient-physician relationship but are more likely the result of systemic factors, such as access to high-quality medical care, new...
The use of entirely synthetic solutions featuring porous titanium interbody implants and a bone graft substitute have clinical and economic advantages compared with traditional, non-porous interbody implants with premium-priced biologics. This is according to a recent study published in the...
The VisAR augmented reality surgical guidance system (Novarad) is a highly accurate, emerging technology for navigating both open and minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) techniques with off-the-shelf headset hardware, according to research published in the journal Spine by Wendell...
Routine use of postoperative antibiotics in spine surgery may not be effective in preventing surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a recent systematic review and meta-analysis which was published in the European Spine Journal by José Orenday-Barraza and Ali Baaj...
Daniel Sauer and Christoph Siepe of the Schön Klinik München Harlaching (Munich, Germany) discuss some of the benefits of endoscopic surgery compared with microsurgery and whether or not the former will eventually be seen as the gold standard for...
Centinel Spine has expanded its cervical solutions portfolio following the full commercial launch of its FORTOS-C anterior cervical plating system. The FORTOS-C plate is a titanium anterior cervical fixation system with one of the lowest profile designs on the market, featuring an...
Saluda Medical has announced that Steven Falowski (Argires-Marotti Neurosurgical Associates of Lancaster, Lancaster, USA) recently presented late-breaking 24-month data from the company’s EVOKE study at the 2022 American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN) annual meeting (14–17 July, Miami Beach,...
For the treatment of tandem spinal stenosis (TSS), staged and simultaneous surgery have comparable perioperative, functional and neurologic outcomes, as well as complication rates. This is according to a systematic literature review—the results of which were published by Peter...
Altus Spine has announced a private label partnership with Nanovis Spine to further strengthen and expand their bioceramic nanotube surface technologies throughout their portfolio. A subsidiary of Nanovis, Nanovis Spine chose to private label the Altus Spine pedicle screw systems as a...
A global, multi-stakeholder consensus process involving those with lived experience has selected degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) as the single unifying term for a progressive spinal cord injury due to narrowing of the cervical spinal canal. Published by Benjamin Davies (Cambridge,...
Aurora Spine has announced US Food and Drug FDA clearance of a new lumbar spinal stenosis indication for use for its ZIP family of minimally invasive (MIS) implants. Adding lumbar spinal stenosis to the existing FDA-cleared indications of degenerative disc...
Oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (LCTOPC1; Lineage Cell Therapeutics) can be safely administered to participants in the subacute period after cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), according to the results of a phase 1/2 a dose-escalation study which were recently published in...
Waypoint Orthopedics recently announced the submission of a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) application for its Waypoint GPS—a bone awl for use during pedicle screw pilot hole drilling. The system is designed to provide the surgeon visual feedback...
Rigid thoracolumbar orthosis devices do not provide any benefits over an elastic lumbar support in terms of bony union or health-related quality of life (HRQoL) outcomes in children with acute spondylolysis, new research has shown. The results of a prospective...
Empirical Spine recently had its pre-market approval (PMA) Module II accepted and closed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an important milestone in the commercial approval process for its LimiFlex Dynamic Sagittal Tether (DST). According to a company press release, the...
Centinel Spine has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pre-market application (PMA) approval for one-level indications for three additional cervical total disc replacement (TDR) devices—prodisc C Vivo, prodisc C Nova, and prodisc C SK. The prodisc C Vivo and prodisc C Nova...
For the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD), the Tritanium posterior lumbar cage (Stryker) is an effective alternative to polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages, with higher fusion rates, lower subsidence and lower indirect costs. This is according to new research published...
Patients who received the M6-C artificial cervical disc (Orthofix) continue to show statistically significant benefits compared to those who underwent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) at five years, according to the latest data from the M6-C artificial cervical...
Medtronic has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its UNiD Spine Analyzer v4.0 planning platform, which includes a new algorithm for degenerative spine procedures. The algorithm leverages machine learning to help surgeons...
Racial and socioeconomic disparities in patients’ preoperative physical and mental health at presentation for spine surgery are associated adversely with postoperative outcomes, new research has shown. The results of a retrospective observational study, which sought to examine the racial...
Cutting Edge Spine has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its T-FIX 3DSI joint fusion system. The 3D-printed system is part of the company’s novel EVOL-SI fusion system portfolio, which is...
3Spine has announced completion of the first series of US surgeries in the BalancedBack total joint replacement investigational device exemption (IDE) pivotal clinical trial. All patients enrolled in the IDE trial will receive the company’s MOTUS device and will be...
BioRestorative Therapies has announced that the first patient has been enrolled in the its phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and preliminary efficacy of BRTX-100, an autologous bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell targeting chronic lumbar disc disease. Lance Alstodt, CEO...
AlloSource has announced the addition of AlloFuse micro fibres demineralised bone allograft for use in spinal, foot and ankle or other orthopaedic procedures. The micro fibres are made of 100% demineralised cortical bone and do not contain any form of...
Nevro Corporation has announced that the complete 12-month results from the SENZA-PDN randomised controlled trial (RCT), including health-related quality of life outcomes in patients with painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) treated with high-frequency 10kHz spinal cord stimulation (SCS), have been published...
Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is equally as effective as recommended interventions for reducing pain and increasing functional status in older adults who suffer chronic low back pain (LBP) and, as such, should be considered as a viable standalone treatment...
Curve progression with brace treatment in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) can be predicted by their curve flexibility and in-brace correction rate, new research shows. The findings—which were published in The Bone and Joint Journal by Jason Cheung...
Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) has announced an agreement with Fuse Medical to develop new, spinal, extremity and sports medicine implant product lines utilising the former’s patented OsteoFab polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) technology. The agreement between the companies enables Fuse to develop new cervical...
Cannabis usage is associated with increased usage of opioids postoperatively, both while in-patient and post-discharge, following posterior lumbar spinal fusion surgery. This is the key finding of a study published in the Global Spine Journal by Andrew Moon (Tufts...
Additive Implants has announced the first implantations of the SureMAX-SA cervical standalone spacer—a 3D-printed titanium device which the company claims offer unmatched options in cervical spacer design. Pawel Jankowski of Hoag Hospital (Newport Beach, USA), performed a series of procedures...
Patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) who are insured in the USA through Medicaid have systematically worse baseline patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) across almost all domains as compared to those with commercial insurance and Medicare, even after adjusting for...
SpineX has revealed that the first patient has been enrolled in a pivotal trial which will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the company’s SCONE device for the treatment of neurogenic bladder. This is the first large-scale pivotal trial testing...
There is a considerable increased risk for adolescent spinal deformity (ASD) among those whose parents have suffered spinal deformities, according to a new national study of more than 6,000 patients. The cross-sectional Israeli study—the findings of which were published in...
ONWARD Medical has announced that it has completed enrolment in the LIFT Home study, which is designed to evaluate the safety and performance of ARCEX Therapy when used in the home. ONWARD’s ARCEX Therapy is externally delivered programmed stimulation of...
Our top story in June came from a modified Delphi study presented at the Global Spine Congress 2022 (1–4 June; Las Vegas, USA) which provided expert consensus on the application of lateral lumbar interbody fusion. Additional research from the...
Xenco Medical has expanded its ambulatory surgery centre (ASC) surgical device portfolio through US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and launch of its Multilevel CerviKit—a suite of implants and single-use instruments for two, three, and four level anterior...
An experimental formulation of a hydrogel, injected into spinal discs, proved safe and effective in substantially relieving chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease (DDD), according to new research presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)...
SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of the WaveForm C interbody system—the company’s first cervical 3D-printed interbody device. The WaveForm C interbody system has the highest strength-to-porosity ratio compared to other 3D-printed structures1 due to its proprietary continuous wave-like structure....
The use of robotics in the field of spine surgery is a much discussed and controversial topic, with numerous physicians arguing both for and against its increased use in procedures. In this debate, two world renowned spine surgeons offer...
Theradaptive has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough medical device designation for the use of its OsteoAdapt SP spinal implant in anterior lumbar interbody fusion. This marks the third breakthrough designation for Theradaptive in...
SI-Bone has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) premarket clearance for its iFuse Bedrock Granite implant system (Granite)—which is designed to provide sacroiliac fusion and sacropelvic fixation as a foundational element for segmental...
SMAIO has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its patient-specific K-rod union rods which, combined with the firm’s Kheiron posterior spinal fixation system, enable the strict alignment of the spine on...
Patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy experience maximal improvement in their quality of life, neck disability, myelopathy score, and overall health out to three months following surgical decompression, regardless of their baseline myelopathy severity. This is according to new research,...
VisAR, an augmented reality surgical navigation system from healthcare technology company Novarad, has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) approval for precision guided intraoperative spine surgery. VisAR transforms a patient’s imaging data into a 3D hologram which is...
Revision discectomy is associated with higher rates of subsequent lumbar fusion (SLF) and faster time to SLF that primary discectomy at eight-year follow-up. This is according to research published in The Spine Journal by Sheeraz Qureshi (Hospital for Special...
NGMedical recently announced the launch of its new ART fixation system in Europe. It has been designed with the aim of providing surgeons with a fixation system to perform dorsal spinal stabilisations simply, quickly and effectively. ART offers a safe...
Roger Härtl, co-director of Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian and director of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Center for Comprehensive Spine Care (New York, USA), was recently honoured with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ (AANS) prestigious Humanitarian of the Year award. The...
Inspired Spine has announced that it has reached the milestone of completing 1,500 oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF) procedures. According to a company press release, OLLIF is a minimally invasive surgical technique that is designed to improve the performance...
eCential Robotics and ChoiceSpine recently announced a long-term partnership to offer a common optimised solution which they say combines navigation, robotics, and implant systems that are easy to use, accurate for spine surgeons, and benefits patients. After starting the process...
3Spine has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigational device exemption (IDE) approval for a US pivotal clinical trial for their MOTUS spinal implant. The MOTUS device, the implant used in the BalancedBack total joint replacement procedure, is a...
Nexxt Spine has received a United States patent award for their rTLIF Rotatable Interbody design, which aims to improve implant positioning and aid insertion through novel mechanisms that the company states are only achievable with additive manufacturing. Andy Elsbury, president...
Nevro Corporation has announced the results from data presentations at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 82nd Scientific Sessions (3–7 June 2022, New Orleans, USA) supporting the use of 10kHz spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy for patients with chronic pain, including results from the...
Altus Spine has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its Sochi OCT system—which is comprised of polyaxial screws, hooks, rods, locking screw assemblies and connectors which can be rigidly locked together...
SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of its 3D-printed WaveForm TO (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion oblique) interbody system which has been designed for both TLIF and posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) procedures. The system accommodates both direct impact...
Zavation Medical Products has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its expandable lumbar interbody fusion cage, eZspand Lateral. According to Zavation, the eZspand Lateral features unmatched expandable precision paired with continual expansion to provide...
Heavier patients frequently receive an inadequate weight-based dose of preoperative cefazolin and as such have an increased risk of infection following spinal fusion surgery. This is according to the findings of a recent study, presented at Global Spine Congress...
The risk of local failure is three and a half times greater after conventional external beam radiotherapy (cEBRT) when compared to stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for spinal metastases, a recent study which won Best Paper at Global Spine Congress...
SMAIO has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Balance Analyzer 3D surgery planning software. Balance Analyzer 3D is spinal realignment planning software using medical imaging of the patient’s spine. Since receiving CE marking in 2014, it has...
A modified Delphi method has been used to ascertain expert consensus from the Chinese Study Group for Lateral Lumbar Spine Surgery in an effort to inform clinical decision-making in the application of lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF). The results...
Globus Medical has announced the first surgeries performed using its intraoperative three-in-one imaging platform, Excelsius3D. Paul McAfee and Mesfin Lemma at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (Baltimore, USA), Roland Kent at Northwest Specialty Hospital (Post Falls, USA), and Jeffrey Goldstein at...
InVivo Therapeutics has completed enrolment in the INSPIRE 2.0 study for patients with acute spinal cord injury. The 20-patient study is a randomised, controlled trial featuring 10 subjects in each study arm, designed to enhance the existing clinical evidence...
Aurora Spine has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its 3D-printed DEXA SOLO-L anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) device. The DEXA SOLO-L, part of the DEXA technology platform, is a standalone device...
Camber Spine has announced that it is entering into the next phase of the complete national launch of its SPIRA-P posterior lumbar spacer and has recently commercialised its SPIRA-T oblique posterior lumbar spacer. The SPIRA-P posterior lumbar spacer accommodates open and minimally invasive posterior lumbar interbody...
Viseon has announced that it recently achieved the milestone of 1,000 minimally invasive spine surgery cases in the USA utilising its MaxView intraoperative realtime spinal imaging platform. According to Viseon, MaxView is a state-of-the-art intraoperative imaging technology that enables a...
3Spine has announced the appointment of Pierce Nunley, director of the Spine Institute of Louisiana (Shreveport, USA), to its medical advisory board. The appointment was made at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) 2022 meeting (1–4...
Altus Spine has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its Monaco HA pedicle screw system. The Monaco HA pedicle screw system, consisting of a low-profile construct and insertion devices, features a new...
Stryker has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Q Guidance System, which—when used with the company’s Spine Guidance Software—is a planning and intraoperative guidance system designed to enable open or...
A meta-analysis on cervical artificial disc replacement versus ACDF for those with single-level cervical spondylotic myelopathy was our most read story on Spinal News International in May. Studies on adult spinal deformity, pre-transfusion testing and the use of machine...
Two experts outline their views on whether or not awake spine surgery will gain significant traction over the coming years. Awake spine surgery IS a wave of the future: Mirant Dave, spine surgeon at Stavya Spine Hospital and Research...
Accelus has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Toro Lateral (Toro-L) interbody fusion system—a biplanar expandable lateral implant designed for a minimal insertion profile and maximum bone graft delivery directly through the...
High curve magnitude and limited flexibility are major risk factors for early tether breakage following vertebral body tethering (VBT), new research has shown. The recent study—the results of which were published online in the European Spine Journal by Alice...
SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of its Explorer TO (TLIF Oblique) expandable interbody system. The system provides a posterior interbody solution that offers two types of implants—one expanding in height, the other in lordosis—that are compatible with the same...
Stretch and strength-based yoga exercise exercises could be a promising treatment option for patients with neuropathic pain due to lumbar disc herniation (LDH), according to the findings of a recent randomised controlled trial (RCT). The RCT, which was published in...
CTL Amedica has received official 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Navigation Instrument System. The system features manual surgical instruments adaptable for use with third-party navigation systems, which are designed to assist...
Telemedicine is here to stay in spine surgery due to evidence of high patient satisfaction and significant cost savings but questions remain over whether or not an in-person consultation is necessary prior to surgery and which physical exam manoeuvres...
Biogennix has announced that its DirectCell advanced bone grafting system has now been used in more than 500 cases. The DirectCell system includes a bone graft product with advanced bone regeneration properties along with novel instrumentation engineered to harvest high concentrations of patient...
Myelopathy.org, which was founded in 2017 as a collaborative information and support initiative for those affected by degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM), has announced the launch of its new website which it says offers a wealth of contemporary and evidence-based...
Carlsmed recently announced that it has closed an oversubscribed US$30M Series B funding round, which will be used to ramp up commercialisation of aprevo, the company’s US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared personalised surgical devices. The Series B funding...
Machine learning (ML) can help in the discovery of early-onset adjacent segment degeneration (EO-ASD) as well as predict its development following anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). As such, the technology can be used to support clinical decision-making and...
Nanox has announced that its deep-learning medical imaging analytics subsidiary, Nanox.AI, recently received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its HealthOST device. HealthOST is an artificial intelligence (AI) software that aims to provide qualitative and quantitative analysis...
Cervical artificial disc replacement (c-ADR) provides better functional outcomes than anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in patients with single-level cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), a recent meta-analysis has shown. The research, published by Cheng-Li Lin (National Cheng Kung University Hospital,...
ONWARD Medical has announced the first patient enrolment in the HemON study and first-in-human use of the company’s ARC implantable pulse generator (IPG), which is designed to stimulate the spinal cord to restore movement and autonomic function for people with...
CTL Amedica has been granted an official patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its KLIMT expandable lumbar interbody fusion cage design. Named after the famous Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, the KLIMT expandable lumbar interbody fusion cage...
Spinal Simplicity has announced the launch of its Minuteman G5 implant—a minimally invasive, interspinous-interlaminar fusion device intended for the fixation and stabilisation of the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine while awaiting bony fusion to occur. The implant is designed for attachment...
Operative treatment for adult spinal deformity (ASD) provides significant improvement in health-related quality of life at minimum three-year follow-up (mean 4.1 years), suggesting that the benefits of surgery for ASD remain durable long term. This is the key message...
Accelus has announced both the launch and first procedures performed utilising its TiHawk7 expandable interbody cage—the latest addition to its FlareHawk interbody fusion system portfolio of spinal fusion cages—which features a new ultra-low profile with titanium at the bony interface. Chris...
ReVivo Medical has announced that Darryl DiRisio (Albany, USA) has successfully completed the first two surgical procedures using the company’s new design of anterior cervical plates and interbody cages. Gary Mittleman, president and CEO of ReVivo Medical, said: “The procedures...
Wenzel Spine has announced that its board of directors has appointed Warren Neely as chairman of the board and William (Bill) Wilson as president and chief executive officer following the unexpected passing in March this year of Wenzel Spine’s...
Pre-transfusion testing for all patients undergoing degenerative cervical spine surgery is unnecessary and only patients with preoperative haemoglobin (Hgb) lower than 12 gr/dl would routinely need pre-transfusion testing. This is according to new research, published recently in the journal...
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the US National Spine Health Foundation (NSHF) has announced the 50 top spine experts who comprise its medical and scientific and scientific board and who help to promote the foundation’s mission to improve spinal...
Surgalign has announced that its HOLO Portal surgical guidance system has officially entered clinical use, with the first procedure performed at Indiana Spine Hospital (Carmel, USA) by Mario Brkaric, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. According to Surgalign, the HOLO Portal system...
OrthoSon has announced the completion of a £8.9m Series A financing round to help prepare its proprietary back pain treatment for Phase I trials in the US. New international investors in this expanded round include the Greek technology venture capital...
Poor cartilage endplate (CEP) composition plays a significant role in disc degeneration severity and can affect disc health both with and without deficits in vertebral perfusion. This is the key message to come out of new research published in...
ChoiceSpine has announced the full market release of its next-generation Harrier standalone anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) system. Harrier SA is a 3D-printed standalone screw-based system that incorporates ChoiceSpine’s proprietary BioBond porous structure technology. The system features four titanium, dual-threaded...
One-in-five older adults regret their decision to undergo corrective surgery for adult spinal deformity (ASD), new research—published in the journal Spine by Owoicho Adogwa (University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, USA) et al—has found. The retrospective single-centre study showed...
Camber Spine has announced that it has received a notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its Variant Retractor technology. The Variant Retractor is a tool designed to provide flexible spacing support for a...
Results from a two-level multicentre US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigational device exemption (IDE) study have shown superior outcomes with the Simplify cervical disc (NuVasive) compared to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in appropriately selected patients with...
Our most popular article in April was a debate between two experts in the field—Paul Houle (Hyannis, USA) and Jeremy Steinberger (New York, USA)—on whether or not endoscopic surgery will become the standard of care for spinal decompression. Quality...
Empirical Spine recently submitted premarket approval (PMA) Module II in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process for its LimiFlex Dynamic Sagittal Tether (DST). LimiFlex is an investigational device targeting grade one lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis patients with spinal...
Medtronic has announced that Laura Mauri has been appointed as the company’s chief scientific, medical and regulatory officer. This appointment adds to Mauri's prior responsibilities as chief clinical and regulatory officer, aligning and integrating the company's scientific, medical, clinical research...
Dietary vitamin D supplementation can potentially offer a benefit to those with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), according to new research which found that a significantly higher occurrence and severity of scoliosis induced by a vitamin D deficient diet suggested...
In patients with early onset scoliosis (EOS), implants with a lower radius of curvature (ROC) are associated with an increased risk of clinically significant proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK). This is the key finding from new research which was presented...
Although there was no difference in patient reported outcomes (PROs) between those who underwent surgery for decompression with instrumented posterolateral fusion (IPLF) and those with uninstrumented posterolateral fusion (UPLF) at two-year follow-up, patients who underwent UPLF had a higher...
Spine Innovations has announced that more than 20,000 of its ESP spinal disc replacements have now been successfully implanted in patients around the world. The company now operates in a total of 17 countries and are currently working towards...
Anterior vertebral body tethering (VBT) for Lenke 1/2 curves with lumbar C modifier is associated with significantly higher failure rates if both curves are tethered and the preoperative triradiate cartilage is open, a recent study has found. The results of...
Isto Biologics has acquired TheraCell as is looks to increase its focus on offering solutions for surgical and clinical care procedures within spine, orthopaedics, and sports medicine. Don Brown, CEO of Isto Biologics, said: “We are thrilled to add TheraCell’s...
SpineGuard has received 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration for the commercial release in the USA of its Threaded PediGuard device for anterior approach instrumented spine surgery. Stéphane Bette, co-founder and deputy CEO of SpineGuard, said: “SpineGuard’s...
Medical device company restor3d has raised US$23 million as it looks to expand delivery of its 3D-printed personalised surgical solutions across multiple musculoskeletal specialties. The financing will also go towards developing machine learning software tools for assisting engineers with...
Astura Medical has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its El Capitan Oblique anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) system. According to the company, El Capitan Oblique was specifically designed to...
Following the recent introduction of key data supporting the use of high-frequency spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in the treatment of non-surgical refractory back pain (NSRBP), Leonardo Kapural (Carolinas Pain Institute, Winston-Salem, USA) talks to Spinal News International's sister title,...
Minimally invasive image-guided therapy startup, SpinaFX Medical, has announced the appointment of Kieran Murphy (University Health Network , Toronto, Canada) as chief medical officer and member of the board of directors. SpinaFX Medical CEO, Jeff Cambra, said: “ Murphy has...
Hospitalised patients with vertebral fragility fractures (VFF) represent a significant number, cost and use of bed days in England, however those who had early vertebral augmentation had a significantly shorter length of hospital stay. This is according to a...
Non-fusion anterior scoliosis correction (NFASC) as an alternative to fusion to stabilise progressive idiopathic scoliosis in skeletally mature children with double sided curve is “promising” but longer-term data are needed, new research suggests. The results of a prospective study, which...
Although early mobilisation after repaired incidental dural tears has similar major complication and reoperation rates compared to later mobilisation, it does, however, significantly decrease the risk of minor complications and length of hospitalisations. This is according to a new...
 David Cumming, the current president of the British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS), speaks to Spinal News International about some of the main messages and key themes to come out of this year’s meeting (23–25 March 2022; Belfast, UK),...
Spine BioPharma, a biopharmaceutical company that aims to develop non-opiate, non-surgical therapies for the treatment of pain and disability from chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease (DDD), has announced the completion of a US$13 million Series B equity...
Positive interim data that highlighted the safety and efficacy of DiscGenics’ cell therapy for degenerative disc disease was the most-read story on Spinal News International in March. It was closely followed by an advertorial on the benefits of the...
HAPPE Spine has announced two new additions to its board of directors following a US$3.35 million Series A financing round, the funds of which will be used to help launch an interbody spinal fusion implant, with a focus on completing final...
Two experts from the field of spine surgery, Paul Houle (Hyannis, USA) and Jeremy Steinberger (New York, USA), go head-to-head on the controversial topic of whether or not endoscopic surgery will eventually become the standard of care for spinal...
Neuroplast has enrolled its first patient in a Phase II clinical trial to evaluate efficacy of its transformative Neuro-Cells treatment that aims to prevent further damage to the central nervous system after sustaining acute traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI). The trial...
Augmented reality (AR) surgical navigation firm, Augmedics, recently announced the appointment of Nadav Tomer as an independent director to the company’s board of directors. Tomer is described as an experienced medical device executive with 23 years’ global experience who retired...
The routine use of screening magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and pre-emptive treatment to prevent clinical spinal cord compression (cSCC) is not warranted in patients with asymptomatic castration-resistant prostate cancer with spinal metastasis, according to data from the PROMPTS trial,...
Biocomposites has entered into a multi-year agreement with Zimmer Biomet to exclusively distribute its genex bone graft substitute with its new mixing system and delivery options in the US orthopaedic market. According to Biocomposites, the genex bone graft substitute is...
Saluda Medical has finalised US$125 million in equity financing, with the proceeds being used in part to operationalise and scale commercialisation of the company’s Evoke spinal cord simulation (SCS) system for chronic pain. The equity financing was led by existing investor Redmile...
Life Spine has announced that the first surgical cases using its Dyna-Link titanium device with barb fixation have been completed. The Dyna-Link titanium stand-alone anterior lumbar system is a zero-profile, standalone device that the company says offers surgeons a...
SurGenTec has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ION screw, its proprietary standalone spine fixation implant which can be used to treat a variety of pathologies throughout the spine from C2-S1. According to SurGenTec, the...
The use of cannabis can be an effective option to treat back pain with an acceptable side effect profile but long-term follow-up is lacking and more evidence is needed to allow healthcare providers to confidently recommend cannabis therapy for...
SpineUp has been granted 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for both its Romero self-anchored cervical cage and Romero cervical cage—the company’s first product range. The Romero self-anchored cervical cage and Romero cervical cage are made...
Robot-assisted and augmented reality-assisted thoracolumbar instrumentation is advantageous for both patients and surgeons but, as the technology progresses and indications expand, it remains essential to continue investigations of both in order to validate meaningful benefit over conventional instrumentation techniques...
Alexander Satin, a spine surgeon at the Texas Back Institute (Frisco, USA), speaks to Spinal News International about the reasons why he uses augmented reality (AR) in his practice. He outlines some of the key benefits as well as...
ONWARD has begun enrolment in the LIFT Home study, which is designed to examine the safety and performance of its ARCEX Therapy for spinal cord injury (SCI) when used in a home setting. ONWARD’s ARCEX Therapy is externally delivered programmed stimulation...
3Spine has raised US$33 million in an oversubscribed Series C private offering, the proceeds of which will be used to fund a Phase 2 clinical study of its BalancedBack total joint replacement procedure in the USA. The company’s MOTUS device,...
A spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system capable of simultaneously delivering multiple treatment modalities has produced a sustained improvement in outcomes in a randomised controlled trial (RCT) involving chronic pain patients. Two-year findings from this study—the COMBO (Combining mechanisms for...
Obese patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for adult spinal deformity (ASD) have less correction of their deformity, worse quality-of-life outcomes, more implant complications and infections, and an increased rate of revision surgery compared with their non-obese counterparts,...
Saluda Medical has announced that it has received full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Evoke spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system, which is indicated for the treatment of chronic intractable pain of the trunk and/or...
Accelus has announced the successful completion of the first cases utilising its Remi robotic targeting and navigation platform with its LineSider posterior fixation system. Neurosurgeon and Accelus chief robotics officer, Kevin Foley, who was also a key contributor in the...
Life Spine has announced the first surgical case of the ProLift Lateral HELO fixated expandable lateral spacer system. The ProLift Lateral HELO fixated with Osseo-Loc surface technology offers a micro invasive solution for lateral lumbar interbody fusion, say Life Spine. The company...
VySpine has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its LumiVy lumbar IBF system which is designed for use after lumbar discectomy in fusion procedures. The LumiVy lumbar IBF system features lumbar interbody fusion devices...
Medtronic has announced that it has entered into a contract with Vizient to add Touch Surgery Enterprise, an AI-powered surgical video management and analytics platform for the operating room (OR), to Vizient's offerings. In a press release, Medtronic said that...
VUZE Medical has received additional patents for its VUZE system in the US, Europe and China. Using proprietary image processing, the VUZE system is a software-only solution that overlays a graphical representation of tools seen in intra-operative 2D images onto...
Vertebral body tethering (VBT) is a safe and efficacious technique in preventing skeletally immature idiopathic scoliosis patients from having fusion surgery, new research—published by Darren Lui (St. George’s Hospital, London, UK) et al in the Bone and Joint Open...
CoreLink has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the addition of Fusation anchors to the company’s F3D-C2 cervical stand-alone fusion system.  According to CoreLink, the Fusation anchors are an ideal...
Waypoint Orthopedics has appointed Andrew Iott, who has more than 20 years of experience in the medical device industry, to its board of directors. Iott has worked in various product development and executive functions throughout his career. Most recently he was...
Quantitative computed tomography (Q-CT) is a better alternative and should replace dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) as the gold standard for detecting spinal osteoporosis. This is according to a recent prospective comparative study, the results of which were published in...
This advertorial is sponsored by NuVasive. The field of spine surgery has seen some major developments over the past few years, with new technological advances paving the way for more accurate and reproducible procedures which, in turn, has ultimately helped...
DiscGenics has announced positive interim data from its ongoing phase 1/2 clinical trial of IDCT (rebonuputemcel), an allogeneic injectable discogenic cell therapy for degenerative disc disease (DDD). The interim results of the study—which includes 60 participants and is designed to...
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion versus transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for treating those with isthmic spondylolisthesis was our top story in February, closely followed by further new research, this time on how effective full-endoscopic transforaminal discectomy is as an alternative...
4WEB Medical has announced the launch of an array of hyperlordotic lateral implants, utilising the firm’s proprietary Truss Implant Technology. Brad Prybis, an orthopidst at Tanner Medical Center (Carollton, USA) who conducted the first procedure, said: “The application of 4WEB's...
Patients who are underweight are more likely to experience postoperative adverse events following stand-alone anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) than those who have either a normal, overweight or even obese body mass index (BMI), new research published by Jonathan...
VySpine has entered into a partnership agreement with Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), enabling the pair to collaborate to develop spine fusion products using OPM’s patented OsteoFab PEKK technology. VySpine is the designer of the OsteoVy PEKK lattice, which will be...
Orthofix has announced the full market launch of Opus BA, a synthetic bioactive bone graft solution for cervical and lumbar spine fusion procedures. Available in putty and strip formulations, Opus BA can be used to fill bone voids or gaps in...
Cerapedics has announced that it has completed enrolment of the ASPIRE study—a pivotal US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigational device exemption (IDE) study—which will evaluate the safety and efficacy of P-15L bone graft for use in transforaminal lumbar...
For adult spine surgery patients, red blood cell transfusion should be avoided if haemoglobin (Hb) numbers remain above 9g/dl in the intraoperative period and 8g/dl in the direct postoperative period. This is according to recent research, published by Umaru...
Theradaptive has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough medical device designation for its OsteoAdapt SP spinal fusion implant indicated for posterolateral spinal fusion to treat degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or retrolisthesis. This marks the...
Neo Medical has announced the closure of a US$20.6M financing round, the proceeds of which will be used to support the accelerated commercial deployment, with a particular focus on the US market, of the company’s ADVISE augmented reality (AR) platform...
Percutaneous transforaminal endoscopic discectomy (PTED) can be considered as an effective alternative to open microdiscectomy in treating sciatica. This is the key finding from new research published in the British Medical Journal by Pravesh Gadjradj (Weill Cornell, Brain and Spine...
Companion Spine has raised US$55 million in a Series A financing round, with the money going towards the development and commercialisation of its range of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic solutions in the United States and internationally for the...
Nevro Corporation has announced online publication of 12-month data from the SENZA-NSRBP randomised controlled trial (RCT) in Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. These data show that high-frequency 10kHz spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy results in profound improvements in non-surgical refractory back...
Implanet has announced that the first surgeries have been conducted in the USA with its Jazz PF tethering implant. Jazz PF is designed to allow surgeons to create a soft landing of posterior spinal constructs in order to prevent proximal...
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for postlaminectomy syndrome (PLS) is associated with small, clinically questionable opioid discontinuation and a lower rate of new opioid use in patients who were previously opioid-naïve. These were the findings of new research, published by...
Non-invasive electrical stimulation as an adjunct to fusion does not appear to offer any meaningful increase in fusion rate, although further and better quality research is needed. This is according to findings of a meta-analysis which were recently published...
AxioMed has moved closer towards achieving US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its lumbar viscoelastic total disc replacement after submitting PMA Module II to the regulatory body. According to AxioMed, the clinical data supporting the device is strong...
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) generates greater segmental lordosis, regional lordosis, and restoration of disc height compared to transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) when treating isthmic spondylolisthesis. This is according to new research published in the journal Spine by Andrew Simpson...
Empirical Spine has recently achieved a number of clinical, reimbursement and regulatory milestones in the past 12 months that have helped move its LimiFlex Dynamic Sagittal Tether (DST) closer to market in the US. LimiFlex is an investigational device targeting...
Research on artificial disc replacement following anterior decompression tops January's Top 10 Spinal News International articles. Also popular this month were findings on the link between adult spinal deformity and work and school absenteeism, as well as news on...
Reducing endotracheal tube cuff pressure (ETTCP) following retractor placement in anterior cervical fusion surgery may be a protective measure to decrease the severity of dysphagia and the odds of developing recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy (RLNP) or dysphonia, according to...
SpineGuard has announced the filing of its 510(k) regulatory dossier with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as it seeks authorisation to commercialise its Threaded PediGuard device for anterior approach instrumented spine surgery. Stéphane Bette, co-founder and deputy CEO of...
Abbott announced today that UnitedHealthcare (UHC)—the largest private health insurance company in the USA—has updated its ‘Implanted electrical stimulator for spinal cord’ medical policy to expand patient access to Abbott’s dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurostimulation devices for people suffering...
VySpine has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ClariVy cervical interbody fusion (IBF) system which is designed for use in anterior cervical discectomy with fusion (ACDF) procedures.  Tom McLeer,...
AO Spine has unveiled its new Guest Blog, which aims to share knowledge and improve patient care by allowing clinicians, scientists, influencers, thought leaders, and solution providers to share their experiences and opinions. Asdrubal Falavigna, the current chairperson of AO Spine,...
The use of a standalone expandable cage in the cervical spine after one or two-level anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) without additional posterior fixation or anterior plating is a safe procedure that results in fusion, new research has...
Bone Solutions has announced the commercial launch of Mg OSTEOINJECT, an injectable bone void filler which is designed to promote bone repair and regeneration within insufficiency and micro fractures. According to Bone Solutions, Mg OSTEOINJECT is the first injectable bone...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two final guidances providing recommendations for including patient perspectives in medical device clinical studies.   As per an FDA press release, the finalised version of the first of these two guidance...
SetBone Medical, a company that has developed a novel bone cement for the treatment of spinal vertebrae fractures and other orthopaedic procedures, has announced that it has closed an oversubscribed investment round of US$1.6 million. Investors in the round include The...
Medtronic has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its Intellis rechargeable neurostimulator and Vanta recharge-free neurostimulator for the treatment of chronic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Medtronic estimates that up to 800,000 US patients suffer...
NGMedical has announced the addition of Mitch White as president and general manager, a role in which he will lead all aspects of the company’s business throughout the US. White has held numerous positions within the spinal implant industry, with...
Adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery is associated with increased productivity and decreased absenteeism from both work and school. These are the key findings from a recent retrospective cohort study, the findings of which were published by Wesley Durand (Johns...
Orthofix and nView medical have announced a partnership and investment agreement to jointly develop and co-market the nView systems with Orthofix cervical spine and paediatric limb deformity correction procedural solutions. The novel nView s1 system with insta-3D technology is a...
Surgalign Holdings has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its HOLO Portal surgical guidance system for use within lumbar spine procedures. According to Surgalign, the HOLO Portal system is the world’s first...
The use of once-daily risdiplamin in type 2 and non-ambulant type 3 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients leads to a significant improvement in motor function when compared to placebo. This is according to the latest data from the SUNFISH...
Nevro Corporation has announced the results from data presentations at the 25th North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) annual meeting (13–15 January 2022; Orlando, USA) supporting the use of 10kHz spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy for patients with chronic pain. These...
Almost 90% of scoliosis patients who develop a major neurological deficit after corrective surgery either partially or completely recover within two years, a recent single-centre analysis suggests. The findings, published by Jue Li (Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, Nanjing, China) et...
Amber Implants has announced the successful closing of its US$10 million Series A financing round, the funds of which will be used to boost the company’s vertebral body augmentation system, VCFix. The financing round was co-led by the founders and existing venture...
VUZE Medical has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its VUZE system—a software-only solution that overlays a graphical representation of tools seen in intra-operative 2D images onto axial and sagittal views...
Whole spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) rather than cervical spine MRI should be used in children with suspected abusive head trauma in order to avoid missing isolated thoracolumbar injuries, according to a recent article published in the American Roentgen...
Wavegate Corporation has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough device designation for its StimuLux optical reflectometry system for closed-loop adaptive modulation of spinal cord stimulation.  Breakthrough device designation aims to expedite the development and...
Differential Target Multiplexed (DTM) spinal cord stimulation (SCS) endurance therapy provides meaningful pain relief according to three-month data from the DTM-LE trial—the findings of which were recently released at the North American Neuromodulation Society’s (NANS) 25th annual meeting (13–15...
SynerFuse has announced the first implantation in the company's proof-of-concept study, which will evaluate the safety and tolerability of simultaneously implanting spinal fusion hardware and a dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurostimulator in patients suffering from chronic lower back pain. The first...
Inspan LLC has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its interspinous plate fixation device to be used for spinal fusion and spinal stenosis from T1-S1. The Inspan Spinous Process Plate System is a...
Nvision Biomedical Technologies and Watershed Idea Foundry have received FDA clearance for what they say is the first-ever completely additive manufactured titanium anterior cervical plate, the Quantum Titanium Cervical Plate System. The Quantum system offers multiple features, including a nested assembly in which...
Maricela Schnur (St Luke’s Hospital, Duluth, USA) highlights a handful of socioeconomic disparities, racial differences, and psychological and psychiatric factors that currently present difficulties in patient access to spinal cord stimulation (SCS). Barriers and gaps in the delivery of healthcare...
There is no clear benefit associated with artificial disc replacement (ADR) compared with fusion surgery when it comes to patient satisfaction, sustainability, and protection against adjacent-segment pathology (ASP) in those who have received anterior decompression due to cervical degenerative...
Orthofix has announced that Thomas West has been appointed to the company’s board of directors as well as to its compensation and talent development committee. West currently serves as the president, chief executive officer and director of Intersect ENT, a...
VySpine has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the VySpan posterior cervical thoracic (PCT) system. The system features various screw and hook options, multiple transition rods and, according to the company, revolutionary crosslink...
A whole host of research, on topics ranging from sciatica surgery and spinal cord stimulation to vertebral augmentation and laminectomy plus instrumented fusion, dominated our December’s most read stories. Also popular last month were recent industry announcements from Philips,...
NuVasive has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for expanded indications of use for Attrax Putty with its thoracolumbar interbody portfolio for spine surgery. Attrax Putty is a synthetic, bioactive and osteoconductive bone void filler...
Abbott has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved new expanded magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatibility for its Proclaim XR spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system with Octrode leads. The new labelling lifts MRI restrictions for lead tip location and...
Patients who have postoperative neurological deficit following lumbar spine surgery are 22 times more likely to have exhibited intraoperative somatosensory-evoked potential (SSEP) changes. This is according to a new meta-analysis published recently in the journal Spine by Robert Chang...
A recently published systematic literature review has suggested that increased curve flexibility is strongly associated with initial in-brace correction in patients with idiopathic scoliosis (IS). The study—the findings of which were published in the journal Spine by Charles Peeters (University...
Camber Spine has named Edward Vresilovic—a man with more than 36 years of experience in orthopaedic surgery—as its new chief medical officer. A board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon, Vresilovic most recently practiced with UPMC Orthopaedic Specialists of Central Pennsylvania (Lancaster, USA). He...
Surgical treatment for degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) leads to a satisfactory improvement of functional outcome which is maintained out to 10 years, a recent study has found. Published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine by Mark Dijkman (Radboud University...
ONWARD has announced that it has completed enrolment in the Up-LIFT study, a pivotal trial that aims to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of its ARC Therapy to restore hand and arm function in people with spinal cord injury...
Surgical treatment with instrumented fusion as an adjunct to laminectomy is not associated with superior long-term clinical outcomes compared with laminectomy alone for patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM), according to a recent national study from Sweden. The findings, which...
There is no clear superiority between minimally invasive posterior cervical foraminotomy (MIS-PCF) and either anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) or cervical total disc arthroplasty (TDA) in relation to operative time, postoperative length of stay, rate of complications or...
Spire Orthopedic Partners has hired orthopaedic marketing executive Nicole Monsky as the company’s first chief marketing officer. “We are thrilled to welcome Nicole to our company during a time of unprecedented growth and expansion,” said Tim Corvino, CEO of Spire....
Vertebral augmentation surgeries—such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty—for the treatment of cancer-related spinal compression fractures are associated with statistically significant positive outcomes, particularly when compared to nonsurgical management, radiofrequency ablation, or chemotherapy alone. These are the key findings from a meta-analysis published...
The over-the-arch (OTA) technique is a safe and feasible alternative for C1 screw fixation in patients in whom conventional techniques cannot be employed, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine by Hyung Rae Lee...
The effect on leg pain is the most important factor for patients when it comes to deciding whether or not to undergo surgery for sciatica. This is according to a recent study, which was published in the Journal of...
Premia Spine has announced the appointment of three new advisors—Stephen Hochschuler, Peter Wehrly and Nicholas Pachuda—to its board of directors. Bringing decades of clinical, business and medical device innovation experience to Premia Spine, the new appointees will look to...
Patients with chronic sciatica secondary to lumbar disc herniation who receive delayed surgery following prolonged, standardised non-operative care have inferior outcomes to those who undergo expedited surgery, new research has indicated.   The results from a secondary analysis of a...
Research presented at the Global Spine Congress annual meeting (3–6 November 2021, Paris, France), a video on the effects of Covid-19 on spine care and a feature on the use of spinal cord stimulation to treat chronic pain are...
Passive recharge burst spinal cord stimulation (B-SCS) can alleviate pain intensity, psychological distress, and improve physical function and health-related quality of life out to two years, according to latest data from the TRIUMPH study. This prospective, international, multicentre, single-arm, post-market study—the 24-month...
Spine Wave has announced the launch of both the Defender anterior cervical plate and the Stronghold C 3D titanium interbody device featuring TiCell 3D advanced surface technology. The Defender anterior cervical plate is a titanium plate and screw system that...
Philips has announced that the first patients have been successfully treated using its 3D augmented reality (AR) spine navigation solution, ClarifEye, at Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children's Hospital (Barcelona, Spain) and the Armed Forces Hospital (Muscat, Oman). In both...
Low educational attainment and low income status are clear independent contributors to poorer outcomes following lumbar spine surgery, a new study, published in The Spine Journal by Emma Karran (University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia) et al, has found. The...
CoreLink has announced the commercial launch and 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its CentraFix midline fixation system—which features modular cobalt chrome tulip heads that CoreLink say are designed to allow for intraoperative flexibility...
The use of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) as initial treatment of chronic low back pain (cLBP) in older patients is associated with a substantial reduction in the long-term risk of adverse drug events (ADEs) when compared to those who...
Older age, male sex, benign prostatic hyperplasia, diabetes mellitus and a history of urinary tract infection are all risk factors for postoperative urinary retention (POUR) following elective spine surgery, according to a recent meta-analysis. The meta-analysis, the findings of which...
Amplify Surgical has announced the completion of the first endoscopic spine procedure using its dualPortal solution—a novel two-portal endoscopic approach that the company says allows surgeons to easily learn and perform a wider range of lumbar spine procedures than...
SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of its Admiral ACP system—a spinal implant system which is designed to create a more efficient and consistent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) experience for spine surgeons. Don Park, vice chair of...
Finnish startup, Surgify, has announced that its bone cutting technology—which is designed to allow surgeons to perform operations on bones faster and safer—has been used for the first time in clinical practice at Helsinki University Hospital (Helsinki, Finland). Mika Niemelä,...
DePuy Synthes has launched its next-generation UNIUM power tool system which can be used in spine, thorax and small bone procedures. Funda Haine, worldwide vice president, power tools, at DePuy Synthes, said: “The UNIUM system significantly enhances our power tools...
Novoron Bioscience has secured US$3 million in seed funding which will go towards advancing the development of its of neuroregeneration therapy for spinal cord injuries   The investment, from venture capital firm Two Bear Capital, will be used to develop...
Patients who are either persistent opioid users, or are at risk of developing persistent opioid use, should be identified and offered counselling and support in order to taper off opioid treatment following degenerative lumbar surgery. This is according to...
High or low blood pressure in patients undergoing surgery to repair a spinal cord injury may contribute to poorer outcomes and maintaining an optimal blood pressure range during surgery may help patients recover motor function. These are the key...
Neuroplast has raised a total of €10 million in a Series B funding round, the money of which will be used to obtain conditional European Medicines Agency (EMA) market approval for its Neuro-Cells stem cell therapy to treat patients...
Theradaptive has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough medical device designation to its Osteo-Adapt SP Spinal Fusion implant indicated for transforaminal lumbar interbody spinal fusion to treat degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or retrolisthesis. Under...
The use of the cortical bone trajectory (CBT) technique has not only shown similar intra-pedicular accuracy compared to traditional trajectory (TT) but also “remarkable superiority” in terms of proximal facet joint protection in transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) patients,...
Robotic guidance (RG) is associated with a lower risk of both surgical complications and revision surgery when compared with fluoroscopic guidance (FG) in adult minimally invasive (MIS) lumbar fusions, a new study has found. The prospective, multicentre study, MIS ReFRESH,...
Spineart has revealed that the 100th surgery has been performed in their combined single-level and two-level US investigational device exemption (IDE) clinical trials of the BAGUERA® C cervical disc prosthesis. In addition, the company has also reached an exclusive...
In an effort to increase the availability of two-level lumbar total disc replacement (TDR) to individuals experiencing degeneration of the intervertebral discs, the American Medical Association (AMA) has accepted the addition of a new add-on Category I Current Procedural...
 Carlton Weatherby (Memphis, USA), vice president and general manager of spine and biologics at Medtronic, talks to Spinal News International about his own early experiences within a healthcare setting and specifically his “early affinity” to the field of spine. Spine...
Elderly patients undergoing minimally invasive (MIS) transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) not only had similar perioperative outcomes compared to younger patients, but also achieved comparable improvements in pain, disability and quality of life that were sustained for up to...
A scientist at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), Chitra Dahia (New York, USA) has received two National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants totalling $6 million for translational research aimed at understanding the root cause of disc degeneration and chronic back pain in...
Spinal Elements has announced that the first clinical cases using the Lucent 3D lumbar interbody system have been successfully completed. The first cases were undertaken by Thomas Noh, a neurosurgeon at Hawaii Pacific Health (Honololu, USA) and Douglas Musser...
Dutch biotech company, Neuroplast, and the Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos de Toledo in Spain have announced positive clinical Phase I results after analysis of ten patients suffering from traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI), with data demonstrating that its investigational stem cell...
HAPPE Spine has announced the closure of a US$3.35 million Series A funding round, the proceeds of which will be used to help launch an interbody spinal fusion implant, with a focus on completing final regulatory testing and obtaining...
With proper application, the use of a table-mounted retractor can help improve operative efficiency without leading to inferior outcomes in patients undergoing anterior cervical spine surgeries (ACSS). This was the main finding of a recent study, presented at the...
Minimally invasive spine surgery results in a significantly lower incidence of dural tear and complications when compared to open surgery in patients with degenerative lumbar pathologies, new research suggests. The study—the findings of which were presented by Ayush Sharma (Dr....
Surgical decompression within 24 hours of acute spinal cord injury (SCI) improves neurological recovery, and current guidelines on surgical management of SCI are being reviewed and updated as a result. These were the key messages to come out of a presentation by...
Medtronic has announced its ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by fiscal year 2045 across its operations and value chain to accelerate efforts to combat climate change. The announcement comes amidst the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference...
Intermediate clinical study results, which were presented at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) annual meeting (28–30 October, Las Vegas, USA) by John Chi (Boston, USA), support the use of Premier Spine’s Tops system for lumbar spinal...
Brian Goh (Boston, USA) speaks to Spinal News International about the results of a study that aimed to better understand the impact of surgical intervention in patients who sustained gunshot wound induced spinal injuries (GSIs), the results of which...
Following the recent approval of the Senza system (Nevro) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Erika A Petersen (Little Rock, USA) discusses the impact of the only spinal cord stimulation (SCS) device indicated to treat chronic pain associated...
Erector spinae plane block (ESPB) is effective in decreasing both postoperative pain intensity and postoperative opioid consumption after spine surgery, according to findings from a recent systematic review and meta-analysis which were published in the European Spine Journal by...
Early surgical decompression after foot drop is beneficial in terms of recovery rate and neurological improvement when compared with late surgery. This is according to a new meta-analysis which also indicates that surgery within one month is recommended for...
NeoSpine is now offering spinal cord stimulation (SCS) procedures for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) via its HFX system—a newly approved nondrug treatment for PDN which, according to NeoSpine, is the only SCS system approved by the US...
SeaSpine has announced the limited commercial launch and completion of initial surgeries of the Mariner MIS Wayfinder—a novel, one-step, k-wireless screw delivery system for pedicle screw fixation. Mariner MIS Wayfinder eliminates reliance on traditional guidewires for percutaneous screw placement by...
Bioventus has completed the acquisition of Misonix—a provider of minimally invasive therapeutic ultrasonic technologies and regenerative medicines that are designed to enhance clinical outcomes— for cash and common stock. According to the terms of the merger agreement, Misonix has become...
The STALIF C-Ti integrated cage-screw implant (Centinel Spine) has demonstrated statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvements in all available patient reported outcome scores out to 12 months, a new prospective multicentre study has found. The study, the findings of which...
Nuvasive has announced the release of a virtual reality (VR) training module for the NuVasive X360 system to complement its Clinical Professional Development (CPD) programme. In collaboration with PrecisionOS, developers of a medical-grade VR learning platform, the NuVasive X360 VR...
For spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients with complex spine anatomy, the subcutaneous intrathecal catheter (SIC) allows for reliable outpatient administration of nusinersen that results in meaningful improvements in upper limb function, but introduces risks of technical malfunction and iatrogenic...
Medtronic Canada has announced the commercial launch of the Mazor X system for robotic-guided spine surgery. The Mazor X platform offers a fully integrated procedural solution for surgical planning, workflow, execution and confirmation, and is, according to the company,...
Anterior vertebral body tethering (AVBT) of skeletally immature patients is associated with satisfactory deformity correction in the majority of cases, new research has found. However, complication and revision rates suggest the need for improved implants and patient selection. In addition,...
Carlsmed has announced that the Centre for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted its aprevo personalised interbody devices a transitional pass-through (TPT) payment as part of the quarterly update of the 2021 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System. The...
The choice of lumbar interbody fusion approach influences adjacent segment motion in a cadaveric model, according to new research published in the journal Spine, the findings of which also showed that lateral lumbar interbody fusion had the least adjacent...
 Everard Munting (Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), the current president of Eurospine, talks to Spinal News International about this year’s annual meeting, which took place between the 6–8 October in Vienna, Austria. Munting notes that “everybody was extremely happy to be there...
NuVasive has announced the launch of its Cohere TLIF-O implant as well as the upcoming launch later this year of the Cohere TLIF-A implant. These two additions mean that it is the only company to offer both porous PEEK...
Artificial intelligence (AI) has the capability to accurately and reliably detect thoracolumbar fractures on sagittal radiographs, according the findings from a retrospective study that was presented during a Best of Show session at the 2021 Eurospine annual meeting (6–8...
Transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI) should be considered as a first invasive treatment option, up to 12 months, for patients with sciatica secondary to herniated lumbar disc. This is according to the results of a randomised controlled trial, NERVES,...
Research presented at the 2021 Eurospine annual meeting (6–8 October, Vienna, Austria) shows that there is strong evidence to suggest that surgery for adult spinal deformity (ASD) is associated with durable outcomes that do not deteriorate over time and...
Life Spine has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the ProLift micro Expandable Spacer System. ProLift micro is designed to support micro invasive procedures ranging from endoscopic transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion to transforaminal and...
ReVivo Medical has announced that it has raised $2 million which will allow it to complete the 500 surgical procedures of its clinical trial. Gary Mittleman, ReVivo Medical president and CEO, said: “Raising funds is never an easy task and...
SpineGuard has received clearance from ANVISA (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária), the government regulatory authority, for authorisation to sell its Dynamic Surgical Guidance (DSG) Connect products in Brazil. The obtention of ANVISA clearance was the last step in the registration process of SpineGuard’s DSG...
Amber Implants has announced that its VCFix spinal system, which aims to improve the treatment of vertebral fractures, has been granted breakthrough device designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA breakthrough device program aims to provide...
Michael Kachmann and Zachary Tempel from Mayfield Brain & Spine (Norwood, USA) and Paul Holman from Houston Methodist Hospital (Houston, USA) have successfully completed the first commercial cases with NuVasive’s Pulse platform.  Kachmann and Tempel performed the first commercial case...
Liposomal bupivacaine (LB) may safely decrease postoperative opioid requirements, pain scores, and length of stay in patients undergoing spine surgery, but greater evidence is needed to assess its true efficacy, new research has shown.   However, although she systematic review, published by Tommy Nguyen...
Nexxt Spine has announced the commercial launch of the Nexxt Matrixx cervical standalone system—a 3D laser printed titanium implant that features varying pore sizes and provides the strength and biocompatibility of titanium and a modulus of elasticity comparable to...
Use of navigation in patients undergoing surgery for adult spinal deformity (ASD) is associated with higher operative time and transfusion compared to conventional surgery, suggesting that navigation carries an increased risk of infection-related events, a new retrospective study has found.   The objective of...
Spineology has unveiled its Duo Ti expandable interbody fusion procedure, which combines the company’s proprietary mesh technology with porous titanium in order to deliver a large, anatomy-conforming implant via anatomy-conserving lateral decubitus and prone approaches. The porous titanium blocks are made...
Joimax has announced the global launch of its NAVENTO navigation endoscopic tower, which can be used for endoscopic spine surgery and includes settings that are designed to for the safe treatment of sensitive structures. The fourth generation endo-tower, which will...
Precision Spine has announced the launch of the Dakota ACDF standalone system for the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD). The Dakota ACDF system features a titanium plate polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cage with cortical cancellous screws which are intended to provide...
Camber Spine has initiated the full US launch of its SPIRA-P posterior lumbar spacer and SPIRA-T oblique posterior lumbar spacer devices. News of launch comes on the heels of Camber’s announcement last month that it has received US Food and...
Patients undergoing revision posterior cervical discectomy and fusion (PCDF) procedures had a decreased risk of required intensive care unit (ICU) stay but greater risk of 30-day emergency department (ED) admission and higher direct hospitalisation and surgical costs than those undertaking...
A large proportion of patients undergoing surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) experienced an improvement in pain during sexual activity at one year, according to the results of a recent study published in the journal Spine. The multicentre observational study authored by Siril Holmberg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology,...
This advertorial is sponsored by NGMedical.  Pierce Nunley, director of the Spine Institute of Louisiana (Shreveport, USA) and associate professor at LSUHSC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, talks to Spinal News International about his own experience with the titanium cervical BEE® cage (NGMedical), how the spinal implant optimises bone ingrowth...
Biedermann Motech has announced that its MOSS VRS pedicle screw platform is now available as a fully modular solution. The MOSS VRS system features Next Generation Pedicle Screw Technology, which allows the surgeon to lock the polyaxial angle of the pedicle...
Joimax has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the EndoLIF Delta-Cage and EndoLIF DoubleWedge-Cage—both of which are intended for intervertebral body fusion procedures for various diseases of the lumbar spine, such as degenerative disc disease—in...
Intelivation Technologies has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the Advantage-C PEEK cervical interbody fusion device, which is designed to be used in skeletally mature patients in levels C2-T1 in conjunction with fixation for ACDF (anterior...
Spinal Elements has announced the full commercial launch of the Luna XD multiexpandable lumbar interbody fusion device and Orbit articulating discectomy systems. Luna XD and Orbit have been integrated into Spinal Elements as the newest technologies in its MIS Ultra platform of...
Centinel Spine has announced the first international implantation of the 3D-printed porous titanium FLX platform. Alfredo Guiroy and Jose Ricardo Prina in Argentina were the first surgeons outside the USA to implant the Stalif C FLX and Stalif M...
Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)-on-ceramic total disc replacement (cTDR) is a viable treatment for symptoms related to cervical disc degeneration and offers similar or superior outcomes compared with fusion, according to new data.   The purpose of this prospective, non-randomised, historically controlled, multicentre US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...
There is an increased prevalence of depression in patients with degenerative spine disease (DSD) and, considering the relationship between depression and poor surgical outcomes, more attention should be paid to identifying strategies for preventing and treating depression in DSD...
Boston Scientific has announced the European launch of FAST—a new fast-acting sub-perception therapy that the company says is clinically proven to demonstrate significant and sustained pain relief within minutes—for its WaveWriter Alpha Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) systems. While traditional paraesthesia-free...
In an effort to reduce unnecessary patient interactions and associated costs following lumbar surgery, providers should utilise virtual visits or new technologies to monitor patient's postoperative progress, a new study has suggested.   Published in The Spine Journal, by Neda Gilmartin and Jeffrey Gum (Norton...
MiRus has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its IO Expandable Lumbar Interbody, a device which can be used in both posterior lumbar interbody fusion and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedures. It features the lowest insertion...
Centinel Spine has announced findings of a new study that it says strongly support the long-term safety and effectiveness of its prodisc L total disc replacement system for the lumbar spine. The study is one of the largest total disc replacement patient...
NuVasive has announced new executive leadership roles, with the appointments designed to strengthen the firm’s innovation and go-to-market teams while furthering the company's growth. Massimo Calafiore has been appointed chief commercial officer, and Ryan Donahoe has been appointed chief technology...
Intelivation Technologies has announced that the company has achieved US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its Golden Isles Pedicle Screw System. The Golden Isles Pedicle Screw System is designed to provide immobilisation and stabilisation of spinal segments in skeletally...
OsteoCentric Technologies has announced USD$30million in growth capital funding that it says will enable new product introductions which address implant instability as well as help it to expand applications of its UnifiMI technology. The investment in OsteoCentric Technologies—founded in 2015...
Intraoperative freehand erector spinae plane block (ESPB) as part of multimodal analgaesia is effective and, for posterior instrumented patients with spondylolisthesis, it can relieve postoperative backache and reduce opioid consumption. This is according to new data published in the...
Arthroplasty and fusion are comparable treatment options for cervical radiculopathy and have similar long-term efficacy, findings from a randomised controlled trial (RCT) have shown.   The data, which were published by Tonje Johansen (St Olavs Hospital, Trondheim, Norway) et al in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicated that there were similar...
Accidents involving cycling are by far the most common cause of sports-related traumatic spine injuries (TSIs) in the USA, according to new research published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. Blake Hauser (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA) et al...