K2M Touts Global Expansion Of Rail 4D™ Technology At NASS 2012

In short

Prolific spinal device company K2M, Inc., has announced the global expansion of its breakthrough Rail 4D™ Technology at the 2012 North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas.

This unique stabilisation technology is featured in the MESA Rail™ Deformity and MESA Rail Small Stature Spinal Systems to address the most complex spinal curves.


We recently covered the announcement that K2M’s MESA® & Rail 4D™ Spinal Systems had been indicated for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, here.

Inspired by structural I-beam geometry, the uniquely shaped and proprietary Rail is an alternative to the traditional round spinal rods offered with other products. The Rail provides enhanced structural rigidity, while maintaining a lower-profile than set screw based systems. As compared to a standard 5.5 mm Cobalt Chrome rod, the company’s 5.5 mm Cobalt Chrome Rail is 210 percent stronger in flexion-extension and 46 percent stronger in lateral bending. This technology is exclusive to K2M, as it has been designed to complement the company’s existing MESA® Locking and Cricket® Reduction Technologies.

K2M is keen to not less the grass grow under its efforts and is now trumpeting its propgress as it continues to introduce Rail throughout Europe, most recently in Denmark, Germany and Holland. The technology has already been introduced in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Ireland, and the United States.

Company comments

“The European expansion of Rail 4D Technology signals the rapid uptake of this technology and marks another important milestone for the K2M global strategy,” stated Eric Major, K2M’s President and CEO. “Establishing a strong European presence with this unique technology is critical to our commitment to offering the best solutions for physicians and patients around the world.”

Physician comments

“Rail provides the surgeon the ability – in conjunction with state-of-the-art screw technology – to optimally correct the scoliotic spine in the coronal and, more importantly, the sagittal plane. This presents significant short and long term advantages to the scoliotic patient,” stated Mr. Stewart Tucker, MBBS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Orth), of the UK’s Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

K2M will be located at NASS booth #1100.

Source: K2M, Inc