Medtronic Launches POWEREASE™ Spine Surgery Instruments

In short

Medtronic, Inc. has unveiled its POWEREASE™ System of electronic instruments designed specifically for use in instrumented, or reconstructive, spine surgery. According to the company this system brings new capability to the operating room through compatibility with two of the leading pedicle screw platforms on the market, the CD HORIZON® SOLERA™ Spinal System and the TSRH® 3Dx™ Spinal System, and is integrated with other advanced surgical technologies, specifically Medtronic’s NIM-ECLIPSE® neuromonitoring, O-ARM® imaging, and STEALTHSTATION® navigation systems.


The POWEREASE™ System is used for drilling, tapping and driving specialised implants during spinal surgery, including open and minimally invasive procedures. The system is also used in final construct assembly. It was developed jointly by Medtronic’s Spinal and Surgical Technologies business units and utilises Surgical Technologies’ IPC® (Integrated Power Console).

Through biomechanical testing versus manual instruments*, the POWEREASE™ System demonstrated 51% less time required for tapping the pedicle and 55% less time required for placing pedicle screws. This testing also showed greater control with 38% less wobble, defined as maximum radial movement of the instrument from the centre axis of the instrument or screw when placing pedicle screws, compared to manual instruments.

Company comments

“Biomechanical testing demonstrated that when compared with traditional instruments used for delivering spinal therapy, the POWEREASE™ System reduces surgeon’s fatigue associated with repetitive hand motion and enhances surgeon control, including in complex reconstructions of the spine,” said Doug King, Senior Vice President and President of Medtronic Spinal. “We’re pleased to couple advanced power technology with our proprietary neuromonitoring and surgical navigation systems, which enable a more informed procedure.”


*Biomechanical testing is not necessarily indicative of human clinical outcome

Risks for the system include, breakage, slippage, misuse, or mishandling of instruments, such as on sharp edges, may cause injury to the patient or operative personnel

Source: Medtronic Inc.