CE Mark and EU Launch of Medtronic’s New Compact CORNERSTONE-SR® Alliance™ Cervical Cage

It’s all about spine at the moment, with Eurospine taking place this week and NASS on the immediate horizon. Medtronic, Inc. a world leader in spinal technology, has taken the opportunity to announce the CE marking and European launch of a new cervical cage system which expands the successful Compact CORNERSTONE-SR® platform of cages.


Cervical cages are implants used to treat patients who suffer from disc disease that affects the cervical spine, conditions that put pressure on nerves and causing pain in the neck and arms.

Medtronic’s compact CORNERSTONE-SR and Compact CORNERSTONE-SR Alliance™ are anatomical cervical cages used to stabilize the spine and promote bone fusion following interbody fusion surgery in the cervical spine. The cages’ hollow design allows for in situ packing with autograft or synthetic bone substitute. The original system’s cage is compatible with existing spinal instrumentation and gives the surgeon a variety of implant options for different patient anatomies.

The new Compact CORNERSTONE-SR Alliance System has some of its origins in Medtronic’s acquisition of German company Advanced Medical Technologies in 2012. This new iteration builds on the systems original features with the inclusion of four titanium fixation spikes, bevelled edge and side chamber.

Company comments 

Speaking at Eurospine, Steve Swinson, Medtronic Vice-President Spinal & Biologics Western Europe and Canada commented; “Anterior cervical spine surgeries remain commonplace and it’s important to bring innovation to this market. With the addition of the CORNERSTONE-SR Alliance cage to our cervical Interbody platform, Medtronic continues to answer the surgeon and hospital needs of today.”

Regulatory status

Compact CORNERSTONE-SR and Compact CORNERSTONE-SR Alliance are available for use across Europe. The implants are not commercially available or for distribution in the United States or its territories at this time.

Source: Medtronic, Inc.