Medtronic, Inc. has announced the CE Mark and the European launch of its ReDuX™ Plier, a new instrument specially designed for use during osteotomies. The company says this device will enable physicians in the European community to perform a more controlled osteotomy closure for people with a severe form of spinal curvature.
Spinal osteotomies are performed to restore balance in both the sagittal and the coronal planes during surgery to correct adult spinal deformity where a standard arthrodesis procedure does not suffice.
Medtronic’s new instrument, called ReDuX Plier, has been developed by Medtronic European Product Development Office based in Tolochenaz, Switzerland, following an original invention by Professor Le Huec, chief of the Spine Unit and chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the Bordeaux University Hospital, France.
The ReDuX Plier has been specially designed for use during osteotomies, and most specifically in pedicle substraction osteotomy (PSO). PSO is a complex and delicate surgical procedure for patients with sagittal imbalance, a condition where the back has lost the characteristic S-shape that allows the skeleton to resist gravity and keep people standing upright. These patients can live in considerable pain, unable to stand or walk properly.
Speaking at the SFCR (Société Française de Chirurgie Rachidienne) congress in Nice (13th June – 15th June 2013), Professor Le Huec commented: “The PSO procedure is an extremely powerful option for people with severe spinal curvatures, but the potential for complications has historically been very high. The instruments currently available were often too crude for the complex procedure, so working with Medtronic we have been able to produce specially-designed instruments which give surgeons greater control than ever before.”
Steve Swinson, Medtronic vice-president Spinal & Biologics Western Europe and Canada, comments: “Medtronic is delighted to have worked closely with Professor Le Huec to make the ReDuX Plier available in Europe. Medtronic has a long history of working with surgeons to turn innovative ideas into practical improvements for patients. ReDuX Plier is just one example, a device which can tackle complex conditions. This is part of Medtronic’s commitment to alleviating pain and restoring health for people all over the world.”
ReDuX Plier is not commercially available in the United States at this time.