SeaSpine launches Northstar OCT and Cervical Facet Fusion systems


SeaSpine has announced the limited commercial launches and completion of initial surgeries of both its NorthStar OCT and Cervical Facet Fusion systems, expanding its procedural offerings for posterior cervical fusion.

The NorthStar OCT system brings to market a posterior cervical fixation solution that has been designed to offer both clinical and economic efficiencies. NorthStar’s innovation is showcased by multipurpose instruments that help reduce steps in the procedure to save OR time and implants meticulously designed to address any anatomical challenges that may occur, SeaSpine said in a press release.

“NorthStar OCT is impressive,” said Jay Turner from Barrow Neurological Institute (Phoenix, USA). “The system manages to expand versatility with fewer instruments—I’m able to do more with less.”

“We are extremely excited about the alpha release of NorthStar OCT,” said Dennis Cirino, senior vice president, global spinal systems, SeaSpine. “This system includes novel instrumentation that minimises the need for additional hands while streamlining steps to drive efficiency and reduce OR time. It also includes thoughtfully designed screw technology with market-leading angulation of up to 90 degrees conically, without the need of a favoured-angle tulip design. Moreover, the novel occipital plate offers angled holes (shingles) that facilitate a new cranial to caudal trajectory into the occipital keel. This new trajectory should facilitate easier implant placement and additional screw purchase during an occipital fusion procedure, and we could not be more excited to see this come to market.”

The Cervical Facet Fusion system was designed to be a simple and complementary graft delivery solution to posterior cervical fusions. With a streamlined set of tools, surgeons can access the facet joint, prepare a defined fusion bed, and deliver OsteoStrand MIS demineralised bone fibres, SeaSpine added in its press release. This system can be used in conjunction with SeaSpine’s posterior cervical fixation systems, including the NorthStar OCT system, which may further provide clinical value to patients and surgeons.

“The launch of the Cervical Facet Fusion system highlights the evolution that we’ve taken in the development of new Orthobiologics products, by not only developing best-in-class DBM products, but also integrating them into new and improved fusion procedures,” said Frank Vizesi, vice president, orthobiologics research & development and clinical affairs, SeaSpine.


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