Spine Wave is to launch the Proficient posterior cervical spine system. This marks the company’s entrance into the posterior cervical fixation market.
A full launch will begin in October, with the arrival of commercial-scale inventory quantities.
According to a press release, the Proficient system’s “best in class” angulation capabilities are intended to make complex cervical spine surgery easier. The system’s foundation is a proprietary universal tri-lobe screw which provides up to 120 degrees of polyaxial angulation. Proficient accepts both 3.5mm and 4mm titanium and cobalt-chromium rods, and is also offered in a 5.5mm thread diameter to accommodate cervicothoracic procedures without the need of a tapered rod.
The release states that Spine Wave is working with a group of surgeons to develop tools to apply minimally invasive techniques to posterior cervical fusion surgery.
“The Proficient posterior cervical spine system is an incredibly versatile and valuable tool for surgeons treating posterior cervical pathology,” says Paul M Arnold, neurosurgeon, professor and vice chair of Research, Department of Neurosurgery, Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, USA. “The tensioned head and high angulation of the system’s novel screw coupled with its state of the art rod persuader makes difficult cases much easier in my hands.”
Mark LoGuidice, Spine Wave chief executive officer, states, “We expect to launch one more major cervical product by the end of the year, which will give us a reasonably comprehensive offering with a high degree of product differentiation. “