Stryker’s Spine division has introduced the Aero-C cervical stability system—the first cervical interbody fusion device featuring its Aero technology—at the 2016 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting in Florida, USA.
The Aero platform is based on Stryker’s patented Compression technology; an anchor fixation system designed to draw vertebral bodies towards the implant to create compressive forces at the implant-to-endplate interface. This is intended to facilitate fusion.
Aero-C’s in-line insertion and instrumentation are designed to minimise the potential for instrument impingement on patient anatomy and to offer a more streamlined, less disruptive approach, as compared to traditional screw-based anterior cervical discectomy and fusion technologies.
“My experiences clinically with Aero-AL and LL have been fantastic. I love the fact that I do not have increased exposure and that I can get fixation all inline (with the disc space). I’m looking forward to Aero-C, which has the properties of Aero in-line compression, the potential for great fixation and ease of use,” says Hyun Bae, professor of Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and director of Education at Cedar’s Spine Center, who contributed to the development of the Aero technology.
Aero-C received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration in December 2015. Other products in the Aero platform include the Aero-AL, which is indicated for treatment of the lumbar spine from an anterior approach, and the Aero-LL, designed for a lateral lumbar approach.