An evidence-based clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians published in Annals of Internal Medicine has recommended that physicians and patients should treat acute or subacute low back pain with alternative therapies such as superficial heat, massage,...
Alphatec Spine has appointed David H Mowry as a member of its board of directors. Mowry will be replacing Siri S Marshall. Mowry is qualified as an independent director under the definition established by NASDAQ. Mowry is president and chief...
Camille Farhat has been named chief executive officer of RTI Surgical, effective March 15, 2017. He will succeed interim chief executive officer, Robert P Jordheim, who will resume his role as chief financial officer. Farhat, 47, previously served as president...
Spinal Simplicity has received its third 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Minuteman G3-R spinal implant, part of the Minuteman family of supplemental fusion and fixation devices. The Minuteman G3-R is intended to...
Vertebral Technologies (VTI), a minimally-invasive spinal implant medical device company based in Minneapolis, USA, has signed a group purchasing organisation contract agreement with St Louis, USA-based Resource Optimiation & Innovation (ROi), a provider-owned cost-management and supply chain-solution organisation. This agreement...
All two-year follow up data for Axiomed’s USA lumbar Investigative Device Exemption clinical study has been collected and analysed, according to a company release. Results from the lumbar European post-market assessment study showing clinically significant improvements in pain and disability...
DePuy Synthes, in collaboration with LifeNet Health, has launched ViviGen Formable cellular bone matrix, a second-generation cellular allograft designed to assist in the formation of bone during spinal fusion surgery. ViviGen Formable joins the first-generation, ViviGen cellular bone matrix, which...
A minimally invasive surgical approach to spinal surgery is relatively new approach to the treatment of adult scoliosis. Studies have shown positive results in terms of deformity correction and complication rates. Little research has been published, however, on the...
In this video from the Journal of Neurosurgery, researchers present the case of a 53-year-old woman with "symptoms of both radiculopathy and myelopathy caused by a large, calcified disc herniation at C4–5." After four months of medical treatment and rehabilitation,...
In 2017, NASS is collaborating with societies around the world to produce diverse and high-quality educational meetings. As well as at conferences in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Surabaya, expert faculty will be discussing the most important topics in contemporary spinal surgery...
The World Orthopaedics Innovation Summit & Expo 2017 (WOISE2017), the premier international event for innovations in orthopaedics (spine, joint, foot and ankle) and the high-tech life science industry, will be held in Shanghai, China, 8-9 April 2017. In 2015, “Precision...
Enthusiasm for minimally invasive surgery has exploded in recent years, promising comparative results to open surgery with less blood loss and tissue damage for patients. Rapid technological innovation has created a plethora of new techniques and devices to feed...
In a value-based healthcare landscape, even when providing greater levels of evidence, US surgeons increasingly face coverage denials from insurance companies for proven spinal procedures and treatments. While spine care providers continue to raise concerns regarding this issue, it...
The 10th Congress of the Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (CAOS) in Guangzhou, China this May will offer two sessions in collaboration with the North American Spine Society (NASS). The workshops will provide hands-on training with the latest ultrasound...
Many patients live with low back pain that radiates to the buttock, groin, thigh, and/or knees. The challenge for patients, and often their doctors, is determining the origin of the pain; the hip, the spine, or both. A new...
SpineGuard has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the application of its Dynamic Surgical Guidance (DSG) technology to bone quality measurement. “Because of population aging, orthopaedists and neurosurgeons are treating an increasing number...
ChoiceSpine has launched Harrier, an anterior lumbar interbody fusion system. The device was cleared for marketing by the US Food and Drug Administration in November 2016. According to a press release, this will be the first of four new...
Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots’ famed tight-end, suffered his third disc herniation in seven years last November, bringing his participation in the 2016 American football season to an early end. Gronkowski is expected to be out of play...
Vexim has announced the expansion of its SpineJack patent portfolio in Asia. The company has received two new patents for SpineJack; one Chinese and one Japanese. The SpineJack has undergone almost 47 patents applications gathered in three patent families. The...
SeaSpine has begun a full commercial launch of its Vu a.Pod prime nanometalene system. The system features a zero-profile, standalone anterior lumbar interbody device that is designed to be configured in a variety of footprint and lordosis combinations to accommodate...
SpineSource has entered into a long-term exclusive distribution agreement with Kisco International to market, sell and distribute Kisco’s L-Varlock expandable lumbar cage for vertebral interbody fusion in the USA. The cage is designed to provide spinal surgeons a device which...
Sacroiliac joint fusion has progressed markedly over the past five years. Positive results—the majority involving SI-Bone’s Ifuse device—have been reported in a growing number of studies. Interim results presented at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Annual Meeting...
Some of today’s most popular presents are smartphones. Thousands of these useful electronic tools were bestowed upon a loved one during the past couple of holidays. Many of us use them  every day– a permanent companion. “Text neck” is a...
The first commercial implantation of Mainstay Medical’s ReActiv8 has taken place in Germany. The implantation was performed by Francis Kilian, orthopaedic and neurosurgeon at the Catholic Hospital Koblenz-Montabaur in Koblenz, Germany. Kilian comments, "As spine surgeons we are always looking to...
With positive clinical results at the six-month juncture from its early safety and feasibility study in Malaysia, Intralink-Spine, has confirmed that the Réjuve system is now poised to begin its multi-site pivotal study beginning with sites in Southeast Asia. “Two...
Exactech has sold its spine assets to ChoiceSpine, as part of a “restructuring” and “divesture” move. Terms of the transaction were not released. The company has also released Harrier, an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) system ChoiceSpine will now have access...
7D Surgical has received both 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a medical device license from Health Canada, enabling the North American commercial launch of its Machine-vision image guided surgery (MIGS) system for spine...
DePuy Synthes has signed an exclusive agreement in the US between DePuy Synthes Sales and Pacira Pharmaceuticals to co-promote Exparel, a long-lasting, non-opioid, local analgesic administered at the orthopaedic surgical site. The agreement allows DePuy Synthes to promote Exparel across...
VTI has been granted a new patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office. This patent relates to the company’s modular in vivo assembly technology and its motion preservation, InterCushion pipeline product. VTI now has over 25 patents and...
DePuy Synthes has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Viper and Expedium fenestrated screw systems. When used in conjunction with high-viscosity spinal cement, the screws are intended to restore the integrity of...
The US Food and Drug Administration has granted Camber Spine Technologies 510(k) clearance for the Siconus sacroiliac joint fixation system. Daniel Pontecorvo, founder and chief executive officer of Camber Spine, says, "When used with the Prolix sacroiliac joint fusion system,...
PixarBio stock has been suspended from trade by the Securities and Exchange Commission, in line with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Commission announced the suspension on 23 January 2017, issuing a statement that “the market for the...
Whale Imaging has received US Food and Drug Administration FDA 510(k) clearance for its G-Arm B6 Duo. The B6 Duo is the next generation of the G-arm with major improvements including axial tilt and greater table access. According to a...
SpinalCyte, an engineering technology company focused on the regrowth of the spinal disc nucleus using human dermal fibroblasts, has announced the enrolment of its first patient in a study for the development of CybroCell, the first dermal fibroblast cell...
A new therapy to treat spinal cord injuries in people who have lost all motor and sensory function below the injury site has shown additional motor function improvement at six-months and nine-months following treatment with 10 million AST-OPC1. The...
Robotic surgery seems to offer a number of impressive benefits for spinal surgery, from increased precision and accuracy to potentially lower radiation doses for operating room staff and patients. With Globus’ Excelsius and Mazor Robotics’ Mazor X recently unveiled...
Minimally invasive surgery is generally considered to reduce blood loss and preserve surrounding tissue, among other benefits. There is a dearth in the literature, however, on the association between minimally invasive techniques and surgical site infections. Research published in the Asian...
Implanet has been granted both US Food and Drug  Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and CE marking to market its new Jazz Frame implant. The Jazz Frame is a system of connectors for use in the Jazz Band technological platform dedicated...
An Invivo Therapeutics INSPIRE study patient enrolled in December 2016 has improved from a complete ASIA A spinal cord injury to an incomplete ASIA B spinal cord injury in the time between discharge and the one-month evaluation. This is the...
Bioventus has named John Nosenzo as chief commercial officer. Nosenzo has worked in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical and medical diagnostics areas markets for over 25 years. He will be responsible for leading all global sales and distributor management...
New research has found spinal cord stimulation therapy can reduce or stabilise the use of opioids in patients battling chronic pain. Researchers examined opioid usage data from more than 5,400 patients both prior to and after receiving a spinal...
A single-centre retrospective study of patients who had undergone sacroiliac joint fusion has compared revision rates between those who received fusion via titanium triangular implants (Si-Bone Ifuse) or fixation via cannulated screws (7.2mm stainless steel screws, Synthes). The study was...
Osseon has received a new US patent for a Steerable and Curvable cavity creation system, patent number US 9,510,885. This new device will add to Osseon's line of existing steerable devices of bone augmenting products for treating compression fractures of...
Zebra Medical Vision has announced the latest algorithm to be included in its Deep Learning Imaging Analytics platform. The algorithm, capable of detecting vertebral fractures, is the latest addition to a line of automated tools that have been announced...
Is it a come-back for vertebroplasty? Two randomised controlled trials published in 2009 suggested that there is no clear benefit for treatment by vertebroplasty in comparison to a sham procedure. During this period, the US Administration praised the research,...
A new patient has been enrolled into Invivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE Study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-spinal scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects with Complete Thoracic AIS A Spinal Cord Injury). Travis Dumont, an INSPIRE...
Data obtained from a retrospective study involving the Spinal Elements’ Magnum+ device used in anterior lumbar interbody fusion have demonstrated a 96% rate of solid arthrodesis at an average of 7.3±2.3 months post-implantation. The Magnum+ devices in the study were...
Precision Spine has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ShurFit ACIF 2C anterior cervical interbody system. The device is made from PEEK and coated with both titanium and hydroxyapatite. According to a company...
In this video shared by the Journal of Neurosurgery, researchers describe the surgical nuances of two-level cervical arthroplasty in a case of 2-level degenerative disease. (Deshpande Rajakumar, Ankit Sharma, Akshay Hari, Subhas Konar, and Murali Krishna, Department of Neurosurgery, Fortis...
No longer only an image conjured by science fiction, bionic hands can return functionality in cases of traumatic nerve and muscle loss. A new article published in the Journal of Neurosurgery offers a treatment algorithm for identifying patients with...
The University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) in Albuquerque, USA, has been added as a clinical site for the INSPIRE (Invivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-spinal scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects with Complete Thoracic...
Effective January 23, 2017, Robert Delp will assume the position of president, Americas, and join the executive leadership team of the Zimmer Biomet. He is replacing Stuart Kleopfer, who has decided to retire from his position as President, Americas. Delp...
SpineGuard has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new DSG (Dynamic Surgical Guidance) integration module to be used in combination with Zavation’s spinal fusion system to make its pedicle screws “smart.” The DSG...
Amedica has announced the successful completion of the first surgery using its Taurus pedicle screw system. The surgery was performed by Thomas Scioscia, in Richmond, USA. Scioscia remarked on the features of the system, "The surgery went well and the...
Vertebral Technologies has announced the successful outcome of the first lumbar fusion procedure in Mexico using the Interfuse laterally expandable device. Since September 2016, the company has partnered with Mexico-based medical product company BioMedical Technologies to bring their products to...
Medicrea has filed a 510(k) submission to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of the company’s 3D-printed titanium interbody devices, with compatible Unid Lab personalised surgical planning and analytical services. Medicrea uses digital surgical modelling, combined with...
Robert Califf is to step down as US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner upon the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President on 20 January 2017. Democrat Califf, who was appointed to the post in February 2016 by...
The preliminary programme for NSpine (12-15 June; London, UK) has been published online. The programme features sessions from BioSpine, the European Journal of Spine and EANS, as well as sessions focusing on conservative approaches, deformity, endoscopy, paediatric spine, trauma, sexual...
New research from The George Institute for Global Health (Sydney, Australia) has revealed that the weather plays no part in the symptoms associated with either back pain or osteoarthritis. It is a commonly-held belief that episodes of both back pain...
Safe Orthopaedics has announced the launch of a bone substitute for its Walnut cage for cervical surgeries in Europe. This device, developed in conjunction with a specialist in synthetic bone substitutes, aims to promote bone growth and thus to make...
The global market for spinal fusion—which includes spinal plating systems, interbody devices, vertebral body replacement devices, and pedicle screw systems (excluding minimally invasive spine devices)—is set to rise from approximately US$7.1 billion in 2016 to just under US$9 billion...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formally reclassified pedicle screws from class III to class II devices. The reclassification came into force on 30 December 2016. Following a 2014 proposed order to reclassify the systems, the FDA began...
Fewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a USA-wide initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, a new study has found. Over a two-year period, high-dose opioid prescribing declined by 16%,...
The Cochrane Library has released a new review to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) showing that yoga may lead to a small reduction in pain in people with chronic non-specific lower back pain over the short term....
Mainstay Medical has applied for ReActiv8 to be admitted to the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) which would allow for commercialisation in Australia. Mainstay’s ARTG application includes the results of the ReActiv8-A Clinical Trial, which showed clinically important, statistically...
Philips has announced the development of an augmented-reality surgical navigation technology, designed to help surgeons perform image-guided open and minimally-invasive spine surgery. The technology uses high-resolution optical cameras mounted on a flat panel X-ray detector to image the surface of...
InVivo Therapeutics has announced that Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, USA, has been added as a clinical site for the INSPIRE (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects with Complete...
LifeNet Health has begun production of ViviGen cellular bone matrix in its Northwest headquarters in Renton, USA. ViviGen, a cellular allograft developed by LifeNet Health, incorporates viable bone cells that support the healing process. “Part of our mission at LifeNet...
Live-imaging and transcriptome analysis of medaka fish transgenic lines has revealed that exposure to microgravity can lead to the immediate alteration of cells responsible for bone structure formation. These findings, published in Scientific Reports, are important for assessing the...
Orthofix has received both US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE mark approval for its next-generation CervicalStim and SpinalStim bone growth stimulators. These class III medical devices use a low-level pulsed electromagnetic field designed to activate and augment the...
The St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto has been added as a Canadian clinical site for Invivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-spinal scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects with Complete Thoracic AIS...
SpinalCyte has received US patent number 9,533,024, “Methods And Compositions For Repair Of Cartilage Using An In Vivo Bioreactor.” The technology described in the patent involves an in vivo bioreactor for cartilage engineering. The in vivo bioreactor will be biodegradable...
AxioMed have agreed a 15-year exclusive global license with DSM to use its proprietary viscoelastic material in the company's disc replacement technology. Kingsley R Chin, managing partner of KICVentures and a board-certified spine surgeon believes this material will be revolutionary...
Globus Medical a leading musculoskeletal implant manufacturer, has announced that the Excelsius GPS, a system providing robotic trajectory guidance and navigation, has received CE mark. This platform technology is designed to support both minimally invasive and open orthopaedic and neurosurgical...
The European Patent Office (EPO) has granted Implanet a European patent for its Jazz implant’s universal tensioning system. This latest European patent concerns the Jazz implant’s tensioning system, which is the principal element of its instrumentation. It follows the patent...
Researchers funded by the US National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have developed a way to automatically label images of individual vertebrae during spinal surgery, preventing mistakes and saving surgeons both time and stress in the operating...
DePuy Synthes Products has announced an asset purchase and development agreement with Interventional Spine. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. With Interventional Spine’s technology, DePuy Synthes will add a family of expandable cages to the company’s core...
Precision Spine has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its AccuFit lateral plating system. The AccuFit plate is designed to provide optimal stabilisation with a low profile, titanium plating system that features four points of fixation...
NuVasive has received approval for instruments used in the Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) procedure by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). Recent guidance from the MHLW requires dilators and associated components used in lateral access spine...
Amedica has announced results from a recent study showing rapid bone growth into porous silicon nitride. Explants of the company's porous silicon nitride from a large-animal model demonstrated bone healing into the material just four weeks after implantation. "We anticipate...
Invivo Therapeutics has rebuked a press release from PixarBio claiming that it had made a US$77,000,000 stock offer to acquire the company. The colourfully-worded release, dated 3 January 2017, claimed that PixarBio had initiated a take-over bid, expected to close...
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have recognised two spine-related studies as research highlights for 2016. Research into the effects of meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy on low back pain has been recognised as a “Clinical Breakthrough”, while...
PixarBio—developers of NeuroRelease, a morphine replacement, non-opioid pain treatment—has established the JP Reynolds Research Center in Woburn, USA. The lab will focus on research and decvelopment products including: Neuroscaffolds and injectable neuroscaffolds for acute and chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) ...
Carevature Medical has announced a 400 patient milestone for its Dreal line of products in the USA. Six centres in the US states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Texas, are currently taking part in Dreal's limited market release. Carevature's...
Safe Orthopaedics has appointed a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), made up of four European back surgeons. The main tasks of the SAB will be to: - Identify and assess trends in back surgery, particularly minimally invasive, percutaneous, fast-track and ambulatory...
A new patient with a T8-9 fracture dislocation injury has been enrolled into InVivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE Study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects with Complete Thoracic AIS A Spinal...
EUROSPINE's interview with Christian Liebsch, winner of the meeting's 2016 Full Paper Award. ...

US FDA bans powdered gloves

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule to ban powdered surgical gloves, patient examination gloves and the absorbable powder used to lubricate surgical gloves. Citing associations with serious adverse events—including allergic reactions, lung and airway...
In May 2017, NASS will run two intensive hands-on courses in Guangzhou, China as part of the 10th Annual Congress of the Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The first course at the meeting is the “Ultrasound and Fluoroscopic Guided Lumbar...
  What is most exciting about being NASS president? One of the greatest pleasures of my 28 years as a member of NASS has been to see the society grow from its humble beginnings to its current position of preeminence; the...
This years’ Annual Meeting took place from 26-29 October in Boston, USA, and featured an extensive programme of scientific presentations, world-class speakers, and a bustling technical exhibition. Commenting on the highlights of this year’s meeting, past president Chris Bono...
by Allen Chen, MD, MPH Continuing its global educational efforts, NASS successfully produced the inaugural Ultrasound and Fluoroscopic Guided Lumbar Procedures Workshop at the Singapore General Hospital on October 29-30 2016. This was the first freestanding NASS workshop, which was held...
The Canyons Village in Park City, Utah, USA will once again host the annual Evidence & Technology Spine Summit, 22-25 February 2017. In its 13th year, this meeting provides participants with a diverse educational programme and ample opportunity for...
The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has announced its participation in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Payer Communication Taskforce. This programme aims to accelerate US patient access to new technologies by gathering evidence...
Safe Orthopaedics has received CE mark for a new version of its patented Oak screw, used to treat thoracic vertebral fractures. Previously, 7.5mm, 6.5mm and 5.5mm diameter versions of the screw were available for lumbar vertebral fractures. With its smaller...
The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its advice on the treatment of low back pain in those over 16, recommending exercise in all forms as the best way to begin management. The guidelines...
RTI Surgical has announced that Robert P Jordheim, executive vice president and chief financial officer of RTI, has been named interim chief executive officer. He succeeds Brian K Hutchison, who informed the RTI board of directors last August of...
Twelve-month clinical and radiographic data evaluating long-term fusion and pain reduction in patients receiving Zyga SImmetry sacroiliac joint fusion have shown average back pain scores at almost half pre-surgery levels among the 18 patients studied. The data were published...
Alexis V Lukianov has been named to Orthofix’s Board of Directors. Lukianov’s appointment expands the Board to 10 directors, nine of whom are independent directors. Lukianov has held senior executive positions with companies such as Medtronic, SofamorDanek and Smith and...
SpinalCyte has received Institutional Review Board approval to begin clinical trials with its dermal fibroblast cell product, CybroCell, in the treatment of degenerative disc disease. SpinalCyte is now approved to begin randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind Phase I clinical trials. The clinical...
The Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC), Los Angeles, USA, has installed the EOS imaging system (EOS). This makes it the first standalone ambulatory care provider with this technology in the region. “Our entire organisation is committed to delivering the best...
US veterans experience higher prevalence of pain and more severe pain—including pain—than nonveterans, with young and middle-aged veterans suffering the most, according to a new analysis of the US National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) by the National Center for...
Zimmer Biomet has launched the PrimaGen advanced allograft. According to a press release, this autograft substitute offers the same bone-healing elements as autograft, but without the risks associated with donor site morbidity or harvest site complications.  PrimaGen advanced allograft offers...

Cryptic Crossword

Below are the answers to Spinal News International's cryptic crossword. Thanks for your participation!     Across 4  Spinal News 7 Lateral 12 Diagnosis 15 Spinal cord 16 Ilium 17 Minimally invasive   Down 1 Screw 2 Fusion 3 Facet joint tropism 5 Stenosis 6 Decompression 8 Degeneration 9 Navigation 10 Lordosis 11 Discectomy 13 Autograft 14 Sacrum
The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) has issued a policy statement recommending the coverage of lumbar decompression with interlaminar stabilisation in carefully selected patients. The document, "ISASS Recommendations/Coverage Criteria for Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization – Coverage...
InVivo Therapeutics has announced the resignation of Steven McAllister from the position of chief financial officer effective December 31, 2016. According to a company release, he has indicated he will be transitioning to a new opportunity at a privately-held...
The Canyons Village in Park City, Utah, USA will once again host the annual Evidence & Technology Spine Summit, 22-25 February 2017. In its 13th year, this meeting provides participants with a diverse educational programme and ample opportunity for...
The North American Spine Society (NASS), the largest spinal society in the USA, and Spinal News International have announced that they are to collaborate, beginning December 2016, on a number of editorial projects over the coming year. Spinal News International will...
Researchers have developed a urine test revealing the presence of a neurotoxin that likely worsens the severity and pain of spinal cord injuries. According to the authors, this could lead to a new treatment tool. The neurotoxin—acrolein—is produced within the...
A large group of societies—including the North American Spine Society—have signed a letter urging for the US Capitol to take action to tackle the country’s growing opioid crisis. The letter, addressed to the US Senate and the US House of...
Spinal News International recently met with DePuy Synthes Spine’s Dan Wildman and Bill Horton to discuss the company’s aims, strategies, and upcoming product releases. Aiming to improve patient outcomes across the field of spinal surgery, the company has a...
Surface technology for interbody fusion implants is an area of massive growth in the spinal market, with a large number of device companies and academic institutions hunting for the best ways to optimise bone/device integration. Some have focused on...
Dennis DeVito has worked with Mazor Robotics’ Rennaisance system for over a decade. In advance of the commercial launch of the new Mazor X, he gives Spinal News International an exclusive first look at the technology, and explains the...
Implanet has announced the publication of a new white paper, which presents clinical results from a group of adolescents suffering from hypokyphotic thoracic scoliosis treated with Jazz sublaminar implants. According to a company release, this study—co-authored by the Departments of...
The latest and largest study to investigate the connections between back pain and psychological illness in low- and middle-income countries was published this week in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The research team—headed up by Patricia Schofield and Brendon Stubbs...
Australia’s first viscoelastic total cervical disc replacement case using the AxioMed Freedom device has been successful performed by Richard Laherty of Queensland Neurosurgery, Brisbane. Laherty completed the procedure on Monday, November 28th at the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane, Australia....
The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared Xtant Medical’s Xsert lumbar expandable interbody system. The Xsert system is an all-titanium interbody device that can expand in-situ. It is available in various sizes and lordotic angulations, in order to fit...
Cerapedics has been awarded a group purchasing agreement with Premier, a healthcare improvement company. The new agreement allows Premier members, at their discretion, to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for I-Factor peptide-enhanced bone graft. The...
EOS imaging has announced the official opening of the first EOS site in South Korea at the Konyang University Hospital, Nonsan. The University Hospital serves an adult and paediatric population of seven million outpatients and 25 million inpatients on...
Medicrea’s patient-specific UNiD rod technology has now been used in more than 1,000 procedures, according to a company release. Evalina Burger, of University Colorado Hospital (Aurora, USA), states, “We now realise how important it is to provide a specific alignment...
In this advertorial, Spinal News International talks to Richard Assaker (Lille, France) and Larry Khoo (Los Angeles, USA) about their experiences with SpineGuard's PediGuard Threaded Device with DSG (Dynamic Surgical Guidance), and the ways in which this innovative technology...

Scott Blumenthal

Scott Blumenthal (Plano, USA) is best known as the first surgeon to perform an artificial disc replacement in the USA. His pioneering research into these procedures has helped to change the landscape of back pain treatments in North America,...
Junyoung Ahn (Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA) and others report in The Spine Journal that continued surgical experience in the context of minimally invasive lumbar decompression, with or without discectomy, is associated with reduced...
A study published in the Asian Spine Journal has found that, unlike that reported in Western literature, the majority of neglected thoracolumbar injuries persisting in the underdeveloped and developing world are due to “inadequate treatment at the initial contact”....
Zimmer Biomet’s Mobi-C cervical disc prosthesis has become the most widely covered device for one- and two-level cervical disc replacement by commercial health insurers in the USA. Mobi-C, acquired as part of Zimmer Biomet's combination with LDR in July, is...
The first early successful outcomes using the Cohere cervical interbody fusion device have been reported by Vertera Spine. Cohere is Vertera Spine's first device featuring the company's patented porous PEEK (polyetherether ketone) Scoria biomaterial technology. Scoria's porous architecture is designed...
Tyber Medical has launched their lateral access system, a second-generation lateral PEEK/titanium (TyPEEK) composite interbody and lateral plating system. The Tyber Medical lateral access retractor utilises a three-blade design. The approach and disc preparatory instruments were designed for multiple levels,...
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is to issue TheraCell a patent for its demineralised bone fibre (DBF) technology. TheraCell's DBF technology is incorporated into two new demineralised cortical fiber allografts, AlloFuse cortical fibres and AlloFuse fibre boats,...
Spinal Simplicity has received a Health Canada Medical Device License for its Minuteman G3 and HA G3 spinal implants. The Minuteman is a posterior, non-pedicle supplemental fixation device, intended for use at a single level in the non-cervical spine (T1-S1)....
The first procedures using Spinal Elements’ minimally invasive Katana lateral system have been successfully completed. The Katana lateral system is a muscle-splitting system that is designed to overcome some of the inherent challenges in minimally invasive lateral surgery. Currently-marketed lateral...
RTI Surgical has received Us Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the Streamline OCT occipito-cervico-thoracic system. This clearance expands the indication for polyaxial screw placement to include the cervical spine, and also includes clearance for a dual...
Mazor Robotics has recieved three additional orders for the Mazor X system from a first time customer. According to a company release, the new client is a major US regional institution in the Northeast of the country. Ori Hadomi, chief...
InVivo Therapeutics has announced that a new patient has been enrolled into the INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects with Complete Thoracic AIS A Spinal Cord Injury)...
Minimus Spine has enrolled the 30th subject into its 50-patient randomised study comparing Triojection; a system intended to facilitate the treatment of disc herniations with an intradiscal injection of ozone gas to discectomy. Bruce Frankel, professor of Neurosurgery at the...
A German spine clinic has reported the successful application and ease of use of OrtoWay’s Ortowell for lateral minimally invasive fixation in a complicated surgical corpectomy, according to a company release. The OrtoWell device was used for the first time...
DePuy Synthes Spine has launched the Synfix Evolution system, a new implant for stand-alone anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF). The Synfix Evolution system delivers biomechanical stability to promote fusion and restore function, coupled with instrumentation designed to optimise surgical...
NuVasive has launched a number of new spinal innovations, including the company’s expanded Integrated Global Alignment (IGA) platform, which now supports all spinal procedures, including cervical alignment. In addition, the company has introduced proprietary image enhancement software that allows the...
A combination of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and TNF-inhibitors may help slow down spine damage in ankylosing spondylitis, according to new research findings presented at the American College of Rheumatology 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC, USA. Recent research on...
SeaSpine has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Shoreline ACS anterior cervical standalone system, featuring TruProfile technology, and its Mariner posterior fixation system. TruProfile offers a low profile plate designed to minimise cephalad-caudal...
  Providence Medical Technology's Cavux Providence Medical Technology has announced the commercial launch of its new Cavux cervical cage-L and Dtrax spinal system-L. The Cavix Cervical Cage-L is an intervertebral cage made of solid titanium alloy with a large graft window and...
  Joimax has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Vaporflex and Legato electrosurgical probes with radiowave technology for open and endoscopic spine surgery. The Joimax electrosurgical instruments are comprised of a series of...
For patients with degenerative spinal disease, surgery is more effective in reducing pain that interferes with sexual activity, compared to nonsurgical treatment, reports a study in the November 15 issue of Spine. "Sex life is a relevant consideration for the...
Medicrea has implemented a lifetime warranty on its patient-specific UNiD technology. The warranty covers all UNiD thoracolumbar rods, UNiD cervical rods and all associated Medicrea components implanted in the USA from November 1, 2016. Denys Sournac, president and chief executive officer,...
Patients with ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis who take statins may have as much as a 33% lower mortality risk, according to new research findings presented at the 2016 American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC. Researchers...
UCB and Amgen have announced results from the Phase 3 BRIDGE study showing that in men with osteoporosis, the investigational agent romosozumab resulted in significant bone mineral density (BMD) gains at the lumbar spine—and the total hip and femoral...
Titan Spine has announced that Ted Bird has joined the executive management team as chief commercial officer. According to a company release, Bird will be responsible for the company’s global sales, marketing, strategic partnering, and national target accounts. Peter Ullrich,...
InterMed Resources and Z-Medical have come to a distribution agreement with US-based HealthTrust. InterMed will distribute spinal implants manufactured by Z-Medical (Tuttlingen, Germany) to HealthTrust, a group purchasing and total cost management organisation that serves nearly 1,600 acute care...
Mighty Oak Medical has received a second FDA clearance for its patient-specific, 3D-printed Firefly pedicle screw navigation, extending compatibility to essentially all currently cleared pedicle screw systems. A press release reports that the new clearance also extends the indications...
Highlights: -Adult spinal deformity surgery outperforms non-surgical treatment for pain, fuction, cosmesis and mental health -Spinal metastasis cases almost triple over two decades in Ireland -Feature: Surface innovation -Profile: Scott Blumenthal https://o6xux43a6gs4eidym2svvhon-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/11/41-Spinal-News-low-res.pdf
Highlights: -Adult spinal deformity surgery outperforms non-surgical treatment for pain, fuction, cosmesis and mental health -Spinal metastasis cases almost triple over two decades in Ireland -Feature: Surface innovation -Profile: Scott Blumenthal https://o6xux43a6gs4eidym2svvhon-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/11/41-Spinal-News-low-res_USA.pdf
The effects of surgical scars can be far-reaching and life-changing for many women. Understanding and quantifying the impact of scars is an important aspect of patient management, however, scar size or placement is not routinely considered as a prominent...
In a study of the incidence of cancer in a cohort of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients treated 25 years previously, investigators have found that patients treated with bracing or surgery had an overall cancer rate of 4.3%. This...
A number of studies presented at the Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting (SRS; 21–24 September, Prague, Czech Republic) and at Eurospine (5–7 October, Berlin, Germany) have used two-year follow-up data from the Scoli-Risk-1 study to reveal a multitude of...
A new model for measuring frailty in adult spinal deformity (ASD) patients has been assessed by the International Spine Study Group (ISSG) for its ability to predict both perioperative and postoperative complications. The team found an association between frailty...
The first prospective study analysing the impact of depressive symptoms in surgically-treated severe adult spinal deformity patients on health-related quality of life outcomes has found that, whilst depressed patients began with “significantly worse absolute health-related quality of life scores”,...
A pre-clinical study of Stryker’s new 3D-printed, highly-porous Tritanium PL interbody cage has found that using the device can result in “statistically superior range-of-motion, bone in-growth pofile and greater average construct stiffness” in comparison to both PEEK-only cages, and...
Zimmer Biomet has announced results of a seven-year outcomes study demonstrating statistical superiority of its Mobi-C cervical disc prosthesis vs two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in overall success. In the study, overall success required improvement in Neck...
K2M has launched its award-winning Cascadia interbody systems, featuring the company’s Lamellar 3D titanium technology in the USA at the 2016 North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting. K2M also presented clinical background on its 3D-printed technologies. The company highlighted...
Life Spine has introduced two new transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) products at the 2016 annual meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS; Boston, USA)—the TLIF Retractor and the Plateau-LO. According to a company release, the TLIF Retractor was...
Ascential (Stryker), an implant and delivery solution for lower acuity spinal procedures in the ambulatory surgery centre (ASC) and hospital settings, has been introduced at the 2016 North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting in Boston, USA. According to a...
Globus Medical has launched the Quartex occipito-cervico-thoracic (OCT) stabilisation system. According to a company release, the product offers a variety of solutions to the challenges associated with posterior OCT fusion, while delivering reliability and ease of use. Quartex screw heads...
Genesys Spine has released the TiLock cortical spinal system, launching the product at the North American Spine Society’s 2016 annual meeting (NASS). TiLock cortical spinal system is intended to offer midline screw placement with a medial/lateral trajectory to provide a...
  DeGen Medical has introduced the Latitude-C Porous Ti cervical interbody spacer, an extension of the company’s Latitude-C product line. According to a company release, the device is designed to consider the Uncinate process of the cervical vertebra. The lateral angled...
DiscGenics has been granted 9 new patents, expanding its intellectual property portfolio within both the US and globally to 24 issued patents. The new patents include two in the US and seven in European markets. The patent portfolio provides coverage...
The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its 2017 Final Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) payment rule for minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion. The final payment rule shows American Medical...
A prospective randomised clinical study of Amniox’s Clarix regenerative matrix used as an adjunct to lumbar discectomy has found statistically significant improvements on Oswestry Disability Index and Short Form-12 (physical component scale) scores at six months and two years. The...
Signus has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the new Diplomat pedicle screw system. The Diplomat has been developed in cooperation with international spine experts. As a posterior fixation system, it is intended to...
4Web Medical has announced that the first surgeries using the company's Curved Posterior Spine Truss system (PSTS) for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedures have been performed. Jeffrey Wise, Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, who used the Curved PSTS upon...
During its 31st Annual Meeting, the North American Spine Society (NASS) announced the winners of its prestigious 2016 Recognition Awards. NASS presents four annual awards which recognise unique and outstanding contributions to the field of spinal care and research....
A nationwide analysis of metastatic bone disease—believed by the authors to be the first of its kind in the world—has found that cases of spinal metastasis have increased by 182% from 1994 to 2012. The study used the National...
Clinically-significant positive outcomes for the surgical treatment of adult spinal deformity have proven elusive for researchers, with many studies limited by the non-randomisation of participants. A new study from the European Spine Study Group, however, has found better clinical...
According to a new study presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS), tobacco use may harm the body’s healing response from surgery for cervical myelopathy based on number of cigarettes smoked over a...
The Spine Journal and the North American Spine Society (NASS) have announced three winners of the 2016 Outstanding Paper Awards at NASS’ 31st Annual Meeting. These awards recognise excellence in unpublished research in spine care. Winning manuscripts receive a US$10,000...
During the 31st Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS), F Todd Wetzel was named NASS president for 2016-17. Wetzel is an orthopaedic surgeon who lives in Wilmington, USA and practices medicine in Philadelphia, USA. “As a NASS...
According to a new study presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS), high expectations of pain improvement before a common back surgery are actually associated with less pain improvement after surgery. “While a positive...
Spinal Elements has announced that it will be working with Mighty Oak Medical to market the Firefly surgical guidance system. The Firefly system consists of bone models and guides precisely matched to the patient’s anatomy through concierge pre-surgical planning and...
Spineology has announced the completion of 100 cases using its new Palisade pedicular fixation system. Palisade is one of several recent additions to Spineology’s Anatomy-Conserving Technology (ACT) product platform. “Reception of the Palisade system has been outstanding and we expect...
Image-guided surgery systems that provide real-time guidance for minimally invasive spine surgery can help improve patient outcomes, but these systems are costly for many hospitals. Surgeons may rely on checking implant placement with multiple static X-ray images that do...
Pinnacle Spine has announced the launch of its InFill V2 lateral interbody device, which features a larger, single graft chamber and a large load-bearing surface area, which helps restore and maintain disc height and facilitates the formation of a...
Kern Singh, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center, and his team have started to enrol patients for a clinical study on the FLXfit articulating and lordotic expandable cage (Expanding Orthopedics). Singh, associate professor, Rush University Medical Center, co-director Minimally Invasive...
DePuy Synthes Spine has announced the launch of the Zero-P Natural plate to help maintain stability and support bone growth in spinal fusion procedures in the neck. The Zero-P Natural plate is designed for use with the CC Natural...
Amniox Medical has announced results of a prospective randomised clinical study of its proprietary cryopreserved Amniotic Membrane as an adjunct to lumbar discectomy. The findings will be presented at the North American Spine Society 2016 annual meeting (26–29 October,...
Life Spine has successfully completed initial cases with its recently-launched Pro-Link Ti stand-alone cervical spacer system. Pro-Link Ti offers a low-profile, stand-alone cervical interbody, incorporating Osseo-Loc, a proprietary surface treatment for titanium which helps create an environment for potential...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance to Spineology’s Rampart Duo interbody fusion system. The Rampart Duo device is the first device of its kind to combine PEEK, titanium, and graft containment mesh elements, according to...
Millions of people take opioids for chronic back pain, but many of them get limited relief while experiencing side effects and worrying about the stigma associated with taking them, according to research presented at the Anesthesiology 2016 annual meeting...
Surgery for female adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients appears to have no impact on complication rates for future pregnancy, according to data presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS; 21–24 September, Prague, Czech Republic). While those...
An analysis of ≥10 year outcomes data for patients treated surgically for major thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) has found that 23% of the surgical outcomes in this cohort were “less than ideal”. The prospective study from the Harms...
Implementing a team-based approach to paediatric spinal surgery “significantly improves surgical and perioperative outcomes”, according to new research presented at the Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting (SRS; 21-24 September, Prague, Czech Republic). Even when researchers adjusted their results for...
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, USA has been added as a clinical site for the INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects with Complete Thoracic AIS...
For patients with chronic back pain, "open" treatment with placebo—informing patients that they are taking an inactive pill, and why it might be helpful—leads to reductions in pain and disability, reports a study published in Pain. "This study is the...
Titan Spine has doubled its sales management team with the addition of nine new members. According to a company release, this is to meet the growing demand for its line of Endoskeleton products. Steve Cichy, vice president of Sales for...
The Medicrea Group has received two 510(k) clearances from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Pass XS posterior fixation and LigaPass XS band connector components, designed to address paediatric spinal deformities in small stature patients. The company...
A randomised study has found reduced pre- and postoperative logistics times, as well as a complete elimination of logistics incidents, across 40 surgeries with the use of Safe Orthopaedics’ single-use products. This 1:1 randomised study was conducted by teams at...
Precision Spine will introduce its MD-Vue lateral access system at the North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting October 26-29 in Boston, USA. According to a company release, the system was designed in collaboration with prominent lateral approach spinal...
The Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary has been added as a Canadian clinical site for InVivo Therapeutics’ INSPIRE study (InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects with Complete Thoracic AIS...
SpineGuard is to launch its next-generation PediGuard “Threaded” device using the company’s Dynamic Surgical Guidance technology the 31st annual meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS) in Boston, USA, October 26-29 2016. The PediGuard Threaded device with DSG is...
Spineology has obtained US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-clearance for the use of allograft bone with its Rampart Interbody Fusion Devices. “This approval and our recent partnership expansion with Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) provides us the ability to pair MTF...
Researchers from the Ohio State University (Columbus, USA) have discovered that spinal cord injury alters the type of bacteria living in the gut, and that these changes can exacerbate the extent of neurological damage and impair recovery of function....
Zyga Technology has released 12-month fusion and clinical results for patients receiving SImmetry sacroiliac joint fusion with decortication. Study results were presented at the 2016 Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) annual meeting (13-15 October 2016) by William...
Norgine Ventures BV has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SpineVision SA, an integrated spinal technology company focused on the development and marketing of implants and instrumentation for spinal treatment. Arnaud Brisard, chief executive officer, SpineVision comments, “I am...
Mazor Robotics has announced that it received purchase orders for 25 systems during the third financial quarter of 2016, including pre-launch orders for the recently unveiled Mazor X, a transformative guidance platform for spinal surgeries. The Mazor X will...
ChoiceSpine has announced the appointment of Christy Cote as vice president of Biologics. According to a company release, she is a business leader with over 14 years’ experience in stem cell technology, surgical implants, and regenerative therapies. Prior to joining...
SI-Bone has submitted INSITE (Investigation of Sacroiliac Fusion Treatment) two-year randomised controlled trial data to Yale University's Open Data Access (YODA) programme. INSITE is a randomised controlled trial of minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion using the company’s iFuse devices, in...
The Charité–Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin, Germany has started to provide patient exams with its new EOS imaging system. Charité is a leading hospital in Germany with 17 different Charité centres in the Berlin area. Established over 300 years ago, Charité...
Bone Therapeutics has reported positive efficacy data for its phase IIA spinal fusion trial with Allob. Results of the first half of patients in the study show evidence of successful fusion and important clinical improvements in function, pain and...
Alphatec Holdings, the parent company of Alphatec Spine, has announced a reduction in the company's workforce and changes to the company's executive leadership team. Michael O'Neill, Alphatec's chief financial officer and treasurer, has resigned effective October 5, 2016. Dennis Nelson,...
Stryker’s Spine division has announced the launch of its Lite Bio delivery system, a hand-held device used to facilitate delivery of bone graft material to spinal surgery sites. It is designed to simplify graft delivery, accommodate a surgeon’s preferred...
K2M has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand its Cascadia lateral interbody system, featuring the company’s Lamellar 3D titanium technology. K2M’s Lamellar 3D titanium technology uses a 3D printing method to create structures...
Titan Spine has expanded the distribution of its line of Endoskeleton titanium implants featuring the company’s new proprietary NanoLock surface technology to all of the USA. The launch follows the alpha introduction of the NanoLock technology initiated recently in a...
The majority of US National Football League (NFL) players who undergo surgery for a herniated disc in the cervical spine are able to resume their careers and perform at a high level, suggests a study in Spine. Even players with...
US district court judge, Timothy S Black (Southern Ohio, USA) has dismissed the accusation of several hundred plaintiffs that they have been treated off-label with Medtronic’s Infuse. The plaintiffs were all former patients of Atiq Durrani (Cincinnati, USA), an orthopaedic...
Identifying frailty in older patients could increase their chances of surviving surgery, as well as improve their overall outcomes, according to a new study posted online in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. “Patients with frail health have less ability to...
Studies have shown that activity-based interventions can offer a promising approach to the improvement of motor function following spinal cord injury. Sunil Agrawal, professor of mechanical engineering and of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia Engineering (New York City,...
A Dutch cost-utility study published in The Spine Journal argues that implantation of interspinous process devices as an indirect decompressing measure is “highly unlikely to be cost-effective compared with bony decompression for patients with intermittent neurogenic claudication caused by...
Rafael De la Garza-Ramos (Monterrey, Mexico, currently resident at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, USA) and others report in the International Journal of Spine Surgery that vertebral augmentation, either through vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty, is associated with a significant reduction in...
Early bird registration for NSpine 2017 has opened, offering discounted registration until 30th November. NSpine is collaborating with the British Scoliosis Research Foundation and NuVasive to offer registration to the 15th International Philipp Zorab Symposium at a reduced rate. The collaboration...
The first subject has been enrolled in the ReActiv8-B Clinical Trial of the Mainstay Medical ReActiv8 device. The trial is intended to gather data in support of an application for pre-market approval from the US Food and Drug Administration...
The ApiFix system has now been used to correct scoliosis in 100 patients with a first case at the Paul Gerhardt Diakonie hospital in Berlin, Germany. The 100th case was Miguel Alquiza's first time implanting the ApiFix system. According...
Mainstay Medical has announced the one-year results from the ReActiv8-A Clinical Trial, an international, multi-centre, prospective, single arm trial for ReActiv8 in people with disabling chronic low back pain and few other treatment options. The one-year results show sustained performance...
Spineology has expanded its relationship with Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), the USA’s leading tissue bank. MTF will now be the sole tissue provider for Spineology’s allograft product lines, including the newly launched Incite cortical fibres, a unique and versatile...
Ulrich medical has announced the US market release of its uCerv titanium spinal implants as an adjunct to its current uCerv PEEK Optima interbody system, which is an existing product used for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgical procedures. "Spinal...

Marketing Manager at XYZ Medical

Company: XYZ Medical Position: Marketing Manager Contact: email@xyzmedical.com Application deadline: 26 September 2017 Job description: The marketing manager manages the day to day marketing activities of the organisation and long term marketing strategy for the company. Duties of the Marketing Manager include: Managing all marketing...
Band-Lok has announced the performance of the first spinal surgery using the company’s pedicle-sparing polyester band technology. Mike Albert performed the first case on August 22, 2016, at Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. “The technology’s unique tether clamp system...
NuVasive has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the company’s Magec system to be surgically implanted using its Reline posterior fixation system for treating patients with severe spinal deformity conditions. According to a company...
Life Spine has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) marketing clearance to the company’s Pro-Link Ti stand-alone cervical spacer system. The system features the company’s Osseo-Loc technology. “Osseo-Loc is a proprietary surface treatment for...
A small study from Inspired Spine has found a significant reduction in back pain following minimally invasive direct thoracic interbody fusion (MIS-DTIF). The study included four participants and measured patient-reported pain, surgery time and complications. Before surgery, patients reported an average...
K2M has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for screw and connector components for its Mesa spinal system. This clearance enables these screw and connector components to be used as a part of a...
Tuberculous spinal epidural abscess is an uncommon pathology that needs an urgent intervention to decompress pressure on the spinal epidural sac, cord and roots, writes Ghazwan A Hasan. Vertebral tuberculosis accounts for less than 1% of all tuberculosis infections. It...
A study from NSpine has shown that a majority of women experience problems in sexual function following anterior spinal surgery. The study, which was presented at Spineweek (Singapore; 16-20 May 2016) by Irene Hernandez-Sanchez (Birmingham, UK) during the “All...
Implanet has announced successful results for the first surgical procedures using the Jazz Lock. Having obtained CE marking and 510K clearance, Jazz Lock has been used in select hospitals in France, Italy and the USA. According to a press release,...
EOS imaging has sold an EOS system to the Carolinas HealthCare System (Charlotte, USA). The system will be located at a dedicated imaging centre in Carolina HealthCare’s Morehead Medical Plaza campus in Charlotte. According to a company release, it will...

Christopher Bono

Christopher Bono’s interest in surgery was piqued after watching live operations on television as a teenager. After training and working in New York, USA, Bono became involved in orthopaedic surgery and spinal research. During his career he has worked...
Vexim has signed an agreement with Creatori Health for the distribution of its portfolio in South Africa. Vexim’s portfolio gained reimbursement from one of the leading medical health insurance in South Africa. “With the support of Vexim, and the granted reimbursement...
Highlights:- Risk stratification is not a “universal language”, numerous IMAST presentations find - Posterior BMP-2 use does not lead to increased cervical deformity surgery-related complications - UHMWPE cable feature - Profile: Christopher Bono     https://o6xux43a6gs4eidym2svvhon-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/09/40-Spinal-News-low-res3.pdf
Chemists from Trinity College Dublin, (Dublin, Ireland) in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI), have devised a new scanning technique that can produce extremely high-resolution 3D images of bones without exposing patients to X-ray radiation. The...
A large Japanese study has found that a significant number of spinal stenosis patients using health insurance claims are elderly people (>80 years), with most receiving non-surgical treatment. The research was published in Spine. Lead author Izumi Kuboyama, The University...
Alphatec Holdings, the parent company of Alphatec Spine, has completed the sale of its international operations and distribution channel to Globus Medical. With the closing of the transaction, Alphatec is now focused solely on the US market. The company has...
Thomas J Hwang (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA) and others report in the British Medical Journal that medical devices that are approved in the European Union (EU) prior to being...
The use of computers to map the spine, to plan surgery, and to aid in the manufacturing of medical devices is becoming increasingly common in spinal surgery. Spinal News International speaks with Andrew G King about his experience with patient-specific rods (UNiD,...
A team of doctors from Keck Medical Center of the University of Sourthern California (Los Angeles, USA) have become the first in the US state of California to inject an experimental treatment made from stem cells, AST-OPC1, into the damaged...
Flakes of graphene welded together into solid materials may be suitable for bone implants, according to a study led by Rice University (Houston, USA) scientists. The Rice lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan and colleagues in Texas, Brazil and India...
According to new research from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, USA, 36.5% of patients undergoing surgical treatment for adult spinal deformity in the US Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) has been coded with at least one...
Vexim has received regulatory approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration to commercialise its SpineJack and the cement delivery system, Masterflow, in Australia. According to a press release, the company is expanding its international presence whilst preparing  the development of new...
Today, transcutaneous spinal fixation is efficient in terms of solidity and reduction. Achieving real fusion remains a problem, however, as does the successful navigation of each surgical approach. Fusion takes place, after all, at the hardest point to reach...
Whilst a number of studies have assessed the incidence of complications in association with posterior BMP-2 (bone morphogenetic protein-2) use, researchers from the International Spine Study Group noted that none focus on cervical deformity. Presented by Han Jo Kim...
On 17 August, a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial—the VAPOUR trial—was published online ahead of print in The Lancet. Six-month data from the trial provide the first sham-controlled evidence in support of using the procedure. Data from VAPOUR (Safety and...
The variety of procedures in spinal surgery is extensive. While anterior and posterior open approaches are the conventional approaches, it is the posterior approach that is most frequently used. Traditionally, the open posterior exposure involves a central midline incision...
Minimally invasive approaches to spinal surgery can lead to less blood loss, faster rehabilitation and a reduction in patient scarring. However, these procedures may also lead to increased procedure times, higher doses of radiation and less surgical precision. The Artis zeego fixed...
AESCULAP®’s Plasmapore® titanium coating has evolved over the past thirty years. From its 1986 commercial introduction on the BICONTACT hip implant system to its 1995 application to the PROSPACE® posterior lumbar interbody fusion system, the surface coating has provided an ideal environment for...
This year’s Spineweek meeting (Singapore; 16–20 May) featured a number of presentations from F-MARC, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Medical Assessment and Research Centre. Among the data presented at the meeting, one first-of-its-kind study found a significantly...
A study using US insurance data has shown the risk of complication and the incidence of novel lumbar pathology following minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion surgery to be higher than previously reported in the literature. This respective study—currently in...
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent for the Jazz platform to Implanet. This protects the company’s intellectual property until 2032. The Jaz platform’s intellectual protection now covers the braided implant and its tensioning system, the...
Initial cases have been successfully completed with Life Spine’s Sentry lateral plate system. The product is designed to offer a low profile, intuitive design with a cam-locking mechanism, intended to provide visual, tactile and audible confirmation of final locking. “The...
OrthoPediatrics has launched its new BandLoc 5.5/6mm system, which has been both CE-marked and US Food and Drug Administration-approved. BandLoc is designed to offer a pedicle-sparing, band passage technique for treating a wide variety of complex spinal pathologies, including scoliosis....
Tyber Medical has launched their lateral plating system commercially. Through the use of new and patented features, the implant is designed to provide three points of fixation in each vertebral body, eliminating some of the instrumentation required by other systems,...
Spinal Simplicity has launched a new generation of Minuteman G3 fusion device, featuring a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared coating of hydroxyapatite. "Hydroxyapatite has been used in orthopaedic procedures for the last 30 years because of its successful track...
SeaSpine has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all assets of NLT Spine, an Israel-based medical device company developing spinal products for minimally invasive surgery. NLT’s platforms include vertical, lordotic and footprint expanding interbody technologies for use in lumbar...
CTL Medical has established a General Services Administration (GSA) partnership with Firehouse Medical to sell its line of innovative spinal implants and devices to the US government. GSA contracts allow commercial companies to establish long-term, government-wide contracts and sell...
The ninth spinal cord injury patient in the INSPIRE trial—implanted with InVivo Therapeutics’ neuro-spinal scaffold last month—is showing signs of improvement. The patient is the fifth of eight patients in the company’s study to show an American Spinal Injury...
Medtronic has completed the second tranche of a previously agreed equity investment in Mazor Robotics. According to a press release, the triggering milestone for this second tranche investment was the July 12, 2016 unveiling by the company of Mazor X. “Since...
Medicrea has appointed Richard Kienzle as chief commercial officer and business development officer. Kienzle will also join Medicrea’s board of directors. Kienzle is best known as a founding member of Globus Medical. “I am…excited to welcome Rick Kienzle to the...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared an expanded range of Valeo II lateral lumbar sizes (Amedica). The additional sizes of the Valeo II LL interbody fusion device will be commercially available August 29, 2016. The Valeo II...
NovaBone has received the Brazilian ANVISA Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) medical device certificate. ANVISA is Brazil's equivalent to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is responsible for the oversight of all medical device and pharmaceuticals in the Brazilian...
As part of an ongoing collaboration between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, USA) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York City, USA)—a partnership that draws upon the expertise of both schools to address significant health problems—researchers...
SI-Bone has announced the publication of two-year results from INSITE (Investigation of Sacroiliac Fusion Treatment) a landmark prospective, multicentre, randomised controlled trial of minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion with iFuse compared to non-surgical management. Results of this level 1...
Titan Spine has expanded its distribution agreement with strategic partner MBA to provide its line of Endoskeleton titanium implants to practicing spinal surgeons in Italy.   Under the agreement, initially announced in September 2015, Titan Spine provides its spinal interbody fusion...
Spinal Elements has received 510(k) clearance from the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market an interspinous process device.  Spinal Elements’ device includes enhancements designed to make the device more accommodating to patient anatomy while streamlining the surgical procedure....
Decompression of lumbar spinal stenosis using the traditional laminectomy technique leads to good improvement of neurogenic claudication symptoms. However, impairment of facet joint and posterior tension band integrity can result in segmental instability and a significant reoperation rate, particularly...
A study published in the Journal of Neurology: Spine has found that “patients who undergo adult spinal deformity surgery at a teaching hospital may have significantly decreased odds of developing a postoperative complication”, in comparison with patients treated at...
The benefits and challenges of risk stratification research in spinal surgery were explored in detail during the 2016 International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques (IMAST; 13-16 July, Washington, DC, USA) with presenters noting again and again the difficulties in...
RTI Surgical has announced that Brian K Hutchison has is to retire from his position as president and chief executive officer of the company, and step down from the board of directors. Hutchison has agreed to remain in his...
Nusinersen, an investigational treatment, has been shown to significantly improve achievement of motor milestones in babies with infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy, according to an interim analysis of the double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled Phase 3 clinical trial, ENDEAR. Thirty-six centres around the...
Cold plasma could help bones heal faster, according to a study published in the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Since the discovery of cold plasma, about 20 years ago, it has been used in agriculture to sterilise the...
Precision Spine will introduce its MD-Vue lateral access system at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting (NASS: October 26-29 2016, Boston, USA). According to a press release, the strong, lightweight system was designed in collaboration with lateral spinal surgeons,...
InVivo Therapeutics Holdings has appointed Pamela Stahl to the newly-created position of chief commercial officer, effective September 14, 2016. Prior to joining InVivo, Stahl served for 10 years in various roles of at UnitedHealthcare, most recently as chief executive officer,...
Eight people who have spent years paralysed from spinal cord injuries have regained partial sensation and muscle control in their lower limbs after training with brain-controlled robotics, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. The patients used brain-machine interfaces,...
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are approximately 282,000 people currently living with a spinal cord injury in the USA. “Spinal cord injury significantly alters a person’s way of life,” says Michelle Meade, associate professor of...
Intralink-Spine, is pleased to announce that early clinical study data has been obtained regarding the use of its Réjuve system for the treatment of low back pain. Each of the four patients treated in late June by orthopaedic surgeon Harwant...
There is a high rate of prescription pain reliever abuse in Europe, largely accounted by opioids, according to the first comparative study of prescription drug abuse in the European Union (EU), which was conducted by researchers at RTI International...
Camber Spine has partnered with Joseph DiCicco of Orthopedic Trauma Associates of Southwestern Ohio (Dayton, USA) to conduct a postoperative pain study on patients receiving the Prolix implant. Patients in the study have undergone pain management therapy for sacroiliac pain...
Twenty-four month data from a postmarket, clinical registry have found that most patients suffering from chronic pain of the trunk and/or limbs reported “substantial” pain relief following implantation of a spinal cord stimulation system. The 24-month clinical outcome study...
Spineart has received 510(k) clearances from the US Food and Drug Administration to market its new Juliet Ti lumbar interbody systems in the USA. The Juliet Ti PO, OL and TL interbody systems are the first range of titanium...
A research team at the Krembil Research Institute (Toronto, Canada) has discovered a pair of tissue biomarkers that directly contribute to the joint degeneration associated with spinal osteoarthritis. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight, is the...
The president of the American Medical Association—Steven J Stack—has issued an open letter to US physicians about the country’s opioid epidemic. Entitled, “Confronting a crisis: An open letter to America’s physicians on the opioid epidemic”, encourages physicians to confront widespread...
See the highlights from the 1st International Conference on Sacroiliac Joint Surgery as we prepare for the 2nd conference on 16-17 September in Hamburg, Germany. Sacroiliac Medical Expert Group (SIMEG) e.V., based in the Cologne area/Germany announce their 2nd annual...
Spinal Elements has announced that over 10,000 Ti-Bond interbody devices have been implanted. To celebrate this milestone a Ti-Bond warranty programme has been initiated. Ti-Bond is the name of Spinal Elements’ porous titanium coating, applied to PEEK interbody devices. The Ti-Bond...
DeGen Medical has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its F1 modular pedicle screw system for the company’s Joust minimally invasive surgery procedure. The Joust minimally invasive technology is a modular pedicle screw with...
A paper published in the European Journal of Spine has demonstrated the effectiveness of Orthofix’s Trinity Evolution bone graft for single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in combination with a PEEK interbody spacer and supplemental anterior fixation. The 12-month study...
4WEB Medical has received 510K clearance from the FDA for its lateral interbody fusion device, the Lateral Spine Truss system. Frank Cammisa, professor and chief emeritus of the Spine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, says,...
Orthofix has received approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) for its Phoenix minimally invasive spinal fixation system. Ray Fujikawa, president of Orthofix Spine Fixation says, “We are committed to continuing to work towards securing additional...
Ortho Kinematics has launched the VMA-Align product. VMA-Align is a new vertebral motion analysis diagnostic module and service offering. According to a company release, VMA-Align gives spinal surgeons an unprecedented level of data to assist in patient selection and planning...
Relievant Medsystems has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the Intracept intraosseous nerve ablation system. According to a company release, the Intracept system is the first specific therapy to relieve chronic low back pain care—caused by...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft guidance document entitled “Use of Real-World Evidence to Support Regulatory Decision-Making for Medical Devices”. According to an email from the consumer watchdog, the document is intended to clarify “how...
SpineCraft has launched the Astra system, designed for spinal deformity correction, tumour, trauma and degenerative procedures. The system also includes a new revision and extension module developed for the expanding revision patient population. The revision & extension module includes a...
Data from two studies have demonstrated significant clinical benefits associated with the Mazor Robotics Renaissance surgical guidance technological platform. The data was presented during the 23rd International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques annual meeting in Washington, D.C, USA (IMAST:...
The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared NeuroPro’s Spinal Jaxx expandable intervertebral spacer. Spinal Jaxx is an expandable lumbar interbody fusion device for spinal surgeries. The design of the spacer and proprietary tool set are intended to allow surgeons...
EOS imaging is to partner with Anatoscope, to combine the company’s virtual patient models with EOS’ 2D/3D images and datasets, into the EOS apps for advanced orthopaedic applications. The first applications are due for release in 2017. Anatoscope, a start-up...
A pre-clinical study, conducted by Amanda LoGuidice, University of Florida, USA, has shown that multipotent adult progenitor cells on an allograft scaffold can facilitate the bone repair process. The research has recently been published in the Journal of Tissue...
A patch made from cryopreserved human umbilical cord may be a novel method for treating spina bifida in utero, according to researchers at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (USA). The findings...
ulrich medical USA has released the neon3 posterior cervical system, which is intended to provide immobilisation and stabilisation of spinal segments as an adjunct to fusion or for a number of acute and chronic instabilities of the cervical and...
Spineart has received CE marking for its new Juliet Ti lumbar interbody systems. The Juliet Ti PO, OL and TL interbody systems are the first range of titanium interbody implants featuring the company’s proprietary Ti-LifeTechnology. Ti-LifeTechnology micro-porous scaffold is designed to...
Zimmer Biomet has announced a multi-year collaboration with the Indo UK Institutes of Health (IUIH), intended to increase the capacity of India's healthcare infrastructure.  The first phase of the collaboration involves the establishment of the Zimmer Biomet Institute of India,...
Results from a multicentre European prospective registry for the Baguara C prostethic cervical disc (Spineart) have shown good mobility at the treated and adjacent levels, disc height restoration and clear evidence of adjacent levels preservation. The retrospective analysis of a...
Spine Wave has launched its True Position pivoting spacer system in the USA, following a limited release of the device. The system was acquired by the company in February 2016, from Atlas Spine. The True Position pivoting spacer system is...
Data from a study published in Spine have shown that K2M's Mesa Rail deformity spinal system could result in significantly better major curve correction than standard circular rod constructs. Mesa Rail features a beam-like design that provides enhanced rigidity to...
The US Patent Office has granted US patent 13/923,577 to Graftys, covering GRFT-R02—an osteogenic biomaterial for bone tissue regeneration. This is the 8th patent granted to the company or to its licensors. It results from a large collaboration between Graftys...
In a retrospective study of medical records, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have concluded that growing-rod treatment for children with severe, early-onset scoliosis can be eliminated in many cases. "We have long thought this big final fusion surgery, after years of spine...
KB Medical has appointed Steve Swinson to its Board of Directors. Accordiung to a company release, Steve Swinson has over 30 years of international experience in the healthcare sector, especially in the area of medical device technology and capital equipment. Formerly...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Medtronic’s CD Horizon fenestrated screw set. This marks the first US clearance for cement-augmented pedicle screws. The product can be used for patients diagnosed with advanced stage tumours involving the thoracic...
Zimmer Biomet Holdings has successfully completed its offer to purchase all outstanding shares of LDR’s remaining common stock for US$37.00 per share. David Dvorak, president and chief executive officer of Zimmer Biomet, comments, "We are excited to officially welcome LDR...
According to a press release, preclinical data on adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells—presented by Nicole Ehrhart, professor of Surgical Oncology at the Colorado State University (CSU) Flint Animal Cancer Center (Fort Collins, USA), at the State of Spine Surgery 13th...
Precision Spine has named Christopher A DeNicola its new chief operating officer. “Chris is a seasoned leader in the orthopaedic medical device industry and he has been instrumental in building our domestic and international distributor network, as well as governing...
Phygen has received a Notice of Issuance for its latest interspinous device as an additional device for use in the treatment of spinal disease and conditions.  This is the first patent issued for the La Costa interspinous line, which includes...
NuVasive and Medtronic have reached agreement on terms for the settlement of patent infringement lawsuits between the companies, as well as the withdrawal from related proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. NuVasive is to make a one-time...
NuVasive, has completed its acquisition of Biotronic NeuroNetwork, a provider of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring services. Gregory T Lucier, chairman and chief executive officer of NuVasive, says, "We are very excited to announce the completion of the Biotronic acquisition...We are confident...
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Zimmer Biomet has acquired 1,406,151 Medtech shares, representing 58.77% of the outstanding share capital of Medtech, from Bertin Nahum, Newfund and certain other selling stockholders in a private transaction, as well as all outstanding convertible...
Medtech has announced the sale of thirteen new Rosa robots during the fourth fiscal quarter 2016 (April 1 to June 30, 2016). Of the thirteen robots, seven were sold in the USA, two in France, two in China, one in...
The INSPIRE study of InVivo Therapeutics’ Neuro-spinal scaffold—originally approved to enrol 12 patients—has been granted permission to expand to 20 patients, following the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) review of six-month safety data from the first five patients...
The UK’s Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded £65,000 to the Inspire Foundation to fund a research project which aims to improve the quality of life and independence of people with spinal cord injuries. The research project will be led by...
The first implantation of Camber Spine Technology’s Enza minimally invasive zero-profile anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) device in a two-level lumbar procedure at levels L4/L5 and L5/S1 has taken place. The procedure was performed at Kennedy University Hospital (Washington Township,...
Bone Biologics has appointed Scott Boden as chief medical advisor.  Boden is a tenured professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta, USA) and serves as the director of the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center,...
Scientists have designed technology to grow 3D bone in the lab–not with chemicals or drugs, but with vibration. The team, from the University of the West of Scotland (Paisley, Scotland) and the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, Scotland), has combined stem...
SI-Bone has announced the publication of the 40th peer-reviewed paper on sacroiliac joint fusion with its iFuse device. The paper shows a mean 3.7-year follow-up for minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion was associated with improved pain, low disability scores,...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Prestige LP cervical disc for the treatment of cervical disc disease causing nerve or spinal cord compression at two adjacent levels between the C3-C7 segments of the neck. The...
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine (Stanford, USA) have mapped out the sets of biological and chemical signals necessary to quickly and efficiently direct human embryonic stem cells to become pure populations of any of 12 cell...
The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created of a new technology International Classification of Diseases, Revision 10 (ICD-10) code for a nanotextured surface on an interbody fusion device. Titan Spine have announced that the company’s nanoLOCK...
Medtronic has launched the Pivox oblique lateral spinal system with lateral plate for OLIF25 and Divergence-L anterior/oblique lumbar fusion system for OLIF51 at the 2016 International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) in Washington, DC, USA. According to a company...
EOS imaging has announced a corporate agreement with the Schön Kliniken Hospital Network to supply EOS systems. Two EOS units have already been acquired by sites within the Schön Klinik network earlier this year. There are 17 Schön Kliniken hospitals...
Merit Medical has announced the acquisition of Dfine, in a merger transaction through which Dfine has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merit. The purchase consideration was approximately US$97.5 million in cash and was financed by a group of banks...
Medtronic has launched Spine Essentials—a new platform of spinal implants and instruments designed to make common cervical spine fusion procedures more efficient and cost-effective—in the USA. The system was launched at the Ambulatory Surgical Center Association (ASCA) annual meeting in...
Mazor Robotics has unveiled Mazor X, a new guidance platform for spinal surgeries. Mazor recently signed a commercial co-promotion and co-development agreement with Medtronic. As part of the agreement, Medtronic has placed a purchase order for 15 Mazor X...
Minimally invasive procedures utilising fluoroscopy are becoming increasingly popular. Little research has been performed, however, on the impact of patient body mass index on radiation dosage. A prospective study from Keio University School of Medicine (Tokyo, Japan) has found that...
SpineCraft has received clearance from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) to market its Apex spine system in territory. The Apex System is designed for complex deformity correction as well as tumor, trauma and degenerative procedures. According to a...
Pierre Dumouchel’s term as interim chief executive officer has been made permanent, according to a press release from Safe Orthopaedics. The Board of Directors has decided to confirm his position, following his initial appointment in March 2016. According to the release,...
Amendia has launched the Ceres midline cervical plate. The Ceres midline cervical plate system is intended for anterior screw fixation of the cervical spine (C2-C7) as an adjunct to fusion. It is indicated for degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, trauma, spinal...
EOS imaging has sold an EOS system to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, USA. The hospital is a member of Advocate Healthcare, a hospital network which performs more than 18,000 hip, knee and spinal procedures per year. Advocate...
A cohort study has found that medical devices approved first in the European Union (EU) are associated with a greater rate of post-marketing safety alerts and recalls compared with devices approved first in the USA. First author Thomas J Hwang...
Scientists have developed biodegradable polymer grafts that, when surgically placed in damaged vertebrae, should grow to be just the right size and shape to fix the spinal column. The researchers present their work today at the 251st National Meeting &...
CTL Medical has announced the executive management team that it believes will lead the organisation into the next phase of growth. “We have a solid group of executives that we have brought into management roles,” says Daniel Chon, president and...
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Jack E Zigler, Texas Back Institute, Plano, USA, and Louis G Jenis, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA, debate the benefits and pitfalls of hybrid and fusion approaches to two-level lumbar degenerative disc disease. Jack Zigler: Lumbar hybrids for two-level lumbar...
Intraoperative navigation is becoming more and more popular with the advent of minimally invasive spinal surgery. Whilst uptake of the technology is limited by start-up costs, it can potentially benefit screw placement accuracy and rates of surgical revision. Charles...
Safe Orthopaedics is expansion into the Latin American market under distribution agreements covering Mexico and Chile. After securing regulatory marketing approvals in Australia and New Zealand in April, Safe Orthopaedics plans to continue expanding internationally. Safe Orthopaedics’ products have just received...
Bioventus has announced the appointment of Michael Minogue, chief executive officer, president and chairman of Abiomed, to the company’s Board of Managers, replacing Evan Melrose. “We are pleased to have Michael Minogue join our Board as we continue to grow...
Jeff Dunkel, vice president of strategic partnership at Titan Spine, talks exclusively to Spinal News International about his appointment to the Executive Operations Committee of the Medical Device Epidemiology Network Initiative. What kind of responsibility does the MDEpiNet Executive Operations...
Aurora Spine has received US patent number 9,364,264, entitled "Dynamic and Non-Dynamic Interspinous Fusion Implant and Bone Growth Stimulation System". This patent covers Aurora’s family of Zipinterspinous process devices, including its Zip Ultra, Zip 51, Zip LP and Dyna-Zip,...
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a fundamental patent (US Patent 9,370,431) covering the practice of administering any spine deformation therapeutics to a patient having a spine deformation altered risk associated biomarker to Predictive Technology. "We...
A case report detailing the first clinical Invivo Therapeutics’ Neuro-spinal scaffold implantation has been published in Neurosurgery. Nicholas Theodore is the lead author of the article, which describes the clinical presentation, surgical procedure, and postoperative improvement of the first patient...
Life Spine has successfully completed initial cases with its Longbow expandable lateral spacer system. According to a company release, the product is the first interbody on the market that expands laterally (A/P) in-situ specifically for a direct lateral approach....
Spinal Elements has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market a line of expandable interbody fusion devices.  The clearance includes expandable interbody devices for posterior, anterior, and lateral access to the lumbar spine. The...
Conducted at nine clinical centres in the United States, the trial enrolled 146 patients with chronic low back pain. AB001 also achieved statistically significant analgesia against placebo at week 1 (p=0.024), greater reduction than placebo in the mean Roland-Morris...
Kee D Kim explores new one-year outcomes data supporting the use of interspinous process fixation as an alternative to the use of pedicle screws. Do we still need to use pedicle screws as an adjunct to interbody fusion? Supplemental pedicle...
Surgical technologies are becoming more diverse and more easily accessible. Most do not have true added value, but others, like neuromonitoring for complex deformity procedures, are now incorporated in day-to-day practice, and have become standard of care, writes Nicolas...
Centinel Spine has completed the alpha release of its Stalif L no-profile, lateral lumbar integrated interbody device. According to a press release, Stalif L is the only lateral device to offer the benefits of no-profile, compressive lag fixation with proprietary...
Exactech has begun the full launch of its Acapella One cervical spacer system. The cervical cage pre-assembled with integrated anchors is designed to enable surgeons to restore disc height, while providing integrated fixation to prevent device migration during anterior cervical spinal...
Blue Cross Blue Shield has denied coverage for high frequency spinal cord stimulation in at least two states. Outposts of the federation of health insurance organisations in Tennessee and Pennsylvania (both USA) consider HF-10 spinal cord stimulation to...
As of 1st June 2016, more than 15,000 Baguera C have been successfully implanted worldwide. The first surgery was held in France in January 2007. According to a company release, the Baguera C’s anatomical shape, shock-absorption, guided mobile nucleus and...
SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launch of its Hollywood VI NanoMetalene transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion device. Hollywood VI NanoMetalene is indicated for use in spinal fusion procedures at one or two contiguous levels (L2-S1) in skeletally mature patients with...
According to a press release from Mazor Robotics, Ronald Lehman has become the first person in New York City, USA, to perform a PROlat procedure using the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System. Lehman used the technology to assist in a...
SpineCraft reports it has completed 15,000 Apex spine system surgeries globally. The instrumentation system is designed for complex deformity correction as well as tumour, trauma and degenerative procedures. Anis Mekhail of the University of Illinois Hospital and Parkview Orthopaedic Group says,...
KB Medical has received CE marking certificate for its AQrate robotic assistance system, indicated for precise positioning of surgical instruments and spinal implants during general spinal surgery. According to a company release, KB Medical has developed a hardware and software...
Spineology has released the Elite expandable interbody fusion system. The Elite expandable interbody fusion system is designed to be implanted at a minimal height and expanded after final positioning in the disc space. This is intended to enable the surgeon...
Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), First Coast Service Options (FCSO), which covers the state of Florida as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, has established coverage criteria for minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion. This is the last...
SpineGuard has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new PediGuard Threaded DSG (Dynamic Surgical Guidance) device. “We are very excited by the clearance of our PediGuard Threaded device, which brings a new generation...
Geisinger Health Plan, a commercial health plan covering more than 500,000 individuals in the US states of Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia has issued a revised medical policy for sacroiliac joint fusion that exclusively covers the...
Amedica has submitted its responses to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in relation to the CASCADE clinical trial. The CASCADE study compared the 24-month outcomes from single-level cervical fusion between Amedica’s porous silicon nitride versus bone autograft. Data...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a 510(k) to allow modification of Si-Bone’s indication statement for iFuse, noting that clinical studies have demonstrated treatment with the system can improve pain, patient function and quality of life. The...
Titan Spine is to provide a free replacement if any of the company’s Endoskeleton interbody fusion devices delaminate or generate particulate debris during implantation, updating the product warranty. According to a company release, the amended warranty reflects Titan Spine’s confidence...
Medicrea has recently partnered with Children’s Hospital (New Orleans, USA) orthopaedic surgeon, Andrew G King, to speak on his experience using Medicrea’s UNiD rods for customised spinal surgeries. This comes shortly after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval...
A new study in zebrafish by researchers at Princeton University and the University of Toronto suggests that irregular fluid flow through the spinal column brought on by gene mutations is linked adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Also found in people, these...
An international, large-scale multicentre study of 33 spine institutes indicates that facet joint tropism—also known as facet joint angulation asymmetry—may be developmental in origin or may be a combination of developmental aspects and secondary changes of degenerative effects. This...
This drawing depicts plans to recognise the newly named Exactech Arena at the Stephen C O’Connell Center, a sports and entertainment complex at the University of Florida in Gainesville, USA. The remodelled facility is scheduled to re-open in December 2016.  Exactech...
LDR has announced the initial implantations of the ROI-C titanium-coated cervical cage. The first surgeries were performed by Mark Giovanini, a board-certified neurosurgeon specialising in minimally invasive spine surgery in Pensacola, USA, and Neil Romero, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon...
InVivo Therapeutics has appointed Christina Morrison to its board of directors effective immediately. Most recently, Morrison served as the senior vice president of finance for Aramark. She joined Aramark in June 2013 as senior vice president of finance. Mark...
ChoiceSpine has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market titanium lumbar interbody fusion devices. A ChoiceSpine press release states that the company now plans to offer titanium interbody devices for traditional PLIF (posterior lumbar...
Avitus Orthopaedics has launched pilot sales of its Avitus bone harvester product following the receipt of its 510(k) approval. The Avitus bone harvester, which has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration as a class II medical...
CTL Medical has announced the executive management team that will lead the organisation into the next phase of its growth. “We have a solid group of executives that we have brought into management roles,” said Daniel Chon, president and...
Health Outcome, a consumer website focused on bridging the information gap for treatment outcomes, has launched the first crowdsourcing platform for patients to rate their treatment experiences and help others find evidence based cures. Health Outcome is currently the largest...
New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery has acquired a third EOS system. The hospital installed its first EOS in 2013 for paediatric cases and its second EOS in 2015 for adult cases. The third EOS system will be dedicated...

Virginie Lafage

Virginie Lafage entered the world of spinal research by chance, after an engineering project drove her to a biomechanics lab in Paris, France. Since then, she has moved to the USA, become an executive member of the International Spine...
Screw placement accuracy is a critical point in instrumented spinal fusion, especially in difficult deformity cases There is a real, established risk of pedicle screws malposition and related complications, reported in literature at a range of 8–30%, writes Claudio...
Seeking to “go beyond the evidence presented by randomised control trials”, a group of researchers has used the international Spine Tango registry to compare the results of randomised control trials with those of real-world patients treated by either single-level...
NuVasive has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Biotronic NeuroNetwork, a company which provides intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring services. NuVasive will acquire the company for US$98 million. According to a press release, NuVasive hopes that this acquisition will enhance its portfolio...
Age-related injuries such as femoral neck fractures often result in care dependency. However,  it does not necessarily have to be that way, suggested Tim Pohlemann (Saarland University Medical Center, Hamburg, Germany) at the 17th EFORT Annual Congress (1–3 June,...
Zimmer Biomet and LDR have announced a definitive agreement under which Zimmer Biomet will acquire all of the outstanding shares of LDR. The purchase price has been agreed at US$37.00 per share in cash, which implies a transaction value of...
Vertera Spine has announced the first wave of implantations with the Cohere cervical interbody fusion system. Cohere features the company’s patented porous PEEK (polyether ether ketone) Scoria biomaterial technology. According to a press release, Cohere is the first device in...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalised its efforts to streamline the “compassionate use” process, used by physicians to access investigational drugs and biologics for patients with limited treatment options. A statement from Robert Califf, the deputy...
A new bill introduced to the US Senate by Senator Dan Coats seeks to address the gap between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s priority review process for breakthrough medical devices, and the Centers for Medical and Medicare...
The entire platform of interbody products from Tyber Medical has been accepted into the Australian Registry of Therapeutic Goods. According to a Tyber Medical press release, Therapeutic Goods Administration approval—along with product reimbursement codes—ensures straightforward access to products in the...
Eden Spine’s Sphynx plating system has been granted CE mark approval. Made of titanium, the low profile Sphynx is intended to be implanted via the anterolateral approach for the treatment of thoracolumbar instabilities. Indications include spinal fractures, vertebral tumours, secondary...
The US Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) clearance to Additive Orthopaedics for its 3D-printed titanium digital fusion implant. "Additive manufacturing allows us to develop complex geometries at reasonable manufacturing costs not possible before now with traditional manufacturing," says Greg...
Whilst intraoperative fluoroscopic navigation may offer a number of benefits to spinal surgery, uptake in the field is still relatively low. Jeff McConnell talks to Spinal
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 International about the limits of this technology. What can intraoperative fluoroscopic navigation enable physicians to...
Life Spine has reported that the first cases have been successfully performed with the company’s Plateau-Ti spacer system. Plateau-Ti is a titanium interbody system using Osseo-Loc, a surface treatment with 500-600 microns of porosity designed to help create an environment...
Implanet has nominated Mary E Shaughnessy as its new Board director. Drawing on 20 years of experience working for Partners Healthcare System in Boston, Shaughnessy’s specific expertise lie in the healthcare finance and reimbursement sector. She was senior vice president...
Pinnacle Spine has launched its InFill anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) interbody device. The device is designed to maximise wall thickness and graft chamber volume, ensuring optimal contact with the vertebral endplates by both the interbody device and bone...
K2M has received 510(k) clearances from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Cascadia cervical and the Cascadia AN lordotic oblique interbody systems featuring Lamellar 3D titanium technology. This is intended to allow for bony integration...
The Netherlands presidency of the European Council and representatives of the European Parliament have reached a political agreement on two draft regulations for medical devices. The new regulations are aimed at ensuring that medical devices and in vitro diagnostic...
Ortho Kinematics has received Health Canada authorisation for its Vertebral Motion Analysis “VMA” product. The VMA is now licensed for sale in Canada, expanding the VMA’s current list of markets, which include the USA and Europe. The VMA is a...
Centinel Spine has expanded its Midline II-Ti product range—a Ti-Active coated, no-profile, anterior lumbar integrated interbody device—in the USA and Australia. Midline II-Ti is the sixth generation of the company’s Stalif technology. According to a company release, Midline II-Ti integrates...
The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared Interventional Spine’s 80 lumbar lordotic Opticage expandable intervertebral body fusion device The lordotic 80 Opticage is a lumbar intervertebral body fusion device and is indicated for use with autogenous bone graft in...
The first InterLink product is a pedicle fixation system. The system is made in the USA and includes of 22 polyaxial pedicle screws, 19 spinal rods, cross-connectors, and set screws, and can be used for single or multiple level...
Two presentations at the annual conference of the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Society (6–8 April; Las Vegas, USA) have revealed potential benefits for cervical disc arthroplasty over anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). Both using prospective,...