Precision Spine to introduce MD-Vue lateral access system at NASS 2016


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 surgeons and is the only lateral retractor that offers a patented nested three-blade design for preventing blade creep during insertion.

An adjunct fourth Blade Anterior Retraction option is designed to enable surgeons to increase the retraction field if necessary. MD-Vue features infinite resolution retraction, multiple fixation options and integrated light-emitting diode illumination.

“The MD-Vue Lateral Access System’s patented, nested the-blade design is an innovative feature that enables surgeons to prevent blade creep in lateral procedures. It incorporates a large blade diameter for increased surface area contact, which minimises the pressure on neural structures during retraction. And the system’s radiolucent retractor increases visibility of critical anatomical structures during intraoperative C-Arm use,” says Faheem Sandhu, director of Spine Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA, and a key member of the MD-Vue design team.

Andrew G Cappuccino, another member of the MD-Vue design team, remarks, “The system features infinite cranial/caudal resolution’, which is designed to prevent unwanted nerve pressure by permitting the surgeon to dial in precisely the desired amount of retraction, in contrast to other systems which only permit traditional incremental step retraction. In addition, the system features an industry-leading integrated, adjustable dual light source, as well as an improved rotary retraction mechanism that provides surgeons with better control and tactile feel during retraction.”