Zimmer Spine, Inc., has announced the U.S. market launch of the Virage OCT Spinal Fixation System, an Occipital-Cervico-Thoracic (OCT) spinal fixation system that it says will change surgeons’ perspective on posterior fixation.
The Virage OCT Spinal Fixation System is a posterior system intended for the Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic spine (Occiput-T3). The system consists of a variety of rods, anchors, transverse connectors, screws and polyaxial screws to achieve an implant construct as necessary for the individual case. The system also includes the instruments for inserting and securing the implants.
Virage, meaning a “change in perspective,” or “a movement in a new direction,” reflects how Zimmer’s 360° Omnidirectional Extreme-Angle Screw brings a new experience to posterior fixation surgery. All Virage System polyaxial dual-lead screws incorporate 360° Omnidirectional Extreme-Angle Screw technology, allowing for 112° of conical range of motion and simplifying rod alignment. In addition, the proprietary friction-fit screw head holds the desired rod position, facilitating rod placement.
“This innovative posterior fixation system will enhance the experience of surgeons performing fusion procedures of the occipitocervical spine, cervical spine and the thoracic spine,” said Dr. Andrew Park, Director, Dallas Spine and Reconstructive Fellowship, at Baylor University Medical Center and Methodist Hospital for Surgery in Dallas, Texas. “The Virage System’s Omnidirectional Extreme-Angle Screw with Zimmer friction-fit technology dramatically simplifies screw implantation and rod alignment, allowing surgeons to increase procedural efficiency and overcome challenging patient anatomies during OCT fusion procedures.”
“With the Virage OCT Spinal Fixation System, Zimmer has delivered a market-leading set of implants and instruments,” said Steve Healy, President of Zimmer Spine. “This transformational technology will significantly improve the surgical flow of these procedures and will help position Zimmer Spine as a growing force in the marketplace.”
Source: Zimmer Spine, Inc., PR Newswire