What’s New from Depuy Synthes Spine at NASS

DePuy Synthes Spine has used this week’s North American Spine Society(NASS) congress in New Orleans at which to make two announcements. Firstly the company is launching its new SYNFLATE Vertebral Balloon for treatment of painful Vertebral Compression Fractures.

Secondly it’s announced the global launch of a new initiative called “mPACT” (medialized Posterior Approach Cortical Trajectory), a program that combines implants, education, clinical research and procedural support for posterior mini open fixation and fusion procedures.

The Synflate Vertebral Balloon

Following a vertebral compression fracture, the procedure known as vertebral body augmentation may be recommended to reduce pain and improve mobility in the event that conservative treatments such as bed rest, medications and physical therapy have failed.

The procedure involves use of a Vertebral Body Balloon, which is inserted into the vertebra and inflated to attempt to restore normal bone height. It is then removed and the space or cavity that was created by the inflation of the balloon is filled with special bone cement to strengthen and stabilize the bone.

The SYNFLATE Vertebral Balloon is semi-elastic with material stiffness that has been optimized to enhance the structural stability of the balloon during inflation, enabling controlled and predictable cavity creation. At maximum inflation volume, the company claims bench testing shows the SYNFLATE Vertebral Balloon is nearly double the strength of standard elastic balloons currently available on the market.

A division of Depuy Orthopaedics, Depuy Synthes Spine is featuring the new Synflate Vertebral Balloon at NASS as part of its portfolio of procedural solutions which includes multiple vertebral balloons and cavity creation instruments and vertebroplasty cements and needles, including the high viscosity CONFIDENCE SPINAL CEMENT SYSTEM® and VERTECEM® II Bone Cement.

The new “mPACT” program

At the congress DePuy Synthes Spine also announced the global launch of “mPACT” (medialized Posterior Approach Cortical Trajectory), a program that combines implants, education, clinical research and procedural support for posterior mini open fixation and fusion procedures.

The medialized posterior mini open fixation and fusion procedure uses a smaller incision than traditional open techniques, includes less muscle disruption and blood loss and may also include quicker patient recovery and mobility.

Combined with its cortical screw trajectory, the approach represents a less invasive method of achieving posterior fixation and fusion while limiting exposure to the lateral margin of the articular processes. The procedure is supported by DePuy Synthes Spine enabling technologies including the T-PAL™ Spacer System, INSIGHT® Retractor System and VIPER® Cortical Fix Screw System.

Company comments

“Posterior mini open fixation and fusion procedures may offer advantages over open procedures based on surgeon preference, spinal pathology and individual patient anatomy,” said Max Reinhardt, Worldwide President, DePuy Synthes Spine. “The mPACT Program is designed to provide surgeons and health care providers with materials to bring the benefits of this less invasive option to patients, from products and education, to technical and clinical procedural support.”

Source: Depuy Synthes Spine