LOUISVILLE, KY – Sept. 14, 2011 – DePuy Spine, Inc. today
announced the worldwide launch of the award-winning VIPER® 3D MIS Correction
Set, the first surgical instrumentation system designed specifically for the
minimally invasive three-dimensional correction of complex spinal deformities.
The announcement was made here at the Scoliosis Research
Society (SRS) 46th Annual Meeting, where the company is featuring its broad
portfolio of minimally invasive and traditional solutions for degenerative disc
disease, deformity, scoliosis and other complex spinal pathologies.
“The VIPER 3D Set makes performing complex corrections
through small incisions less challenging and should help surgeons offer the
minimally invasive option to more patients,” said Praveen Mummaneni, MD,* of
the University of California, San Francisco and a member of the VIPER 3D
surgeon design team.
The three-dimensional correction of the spine for complex
pathologies, such as adult degenerative scoliosis (ADS) or adolescent
idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), involves aligning an abnormal spinal curvature in three
directions – front to back, left to right and top to bottom. The majority of
these pathologies are currently treated through traditional open surgery.
The VIPER 3D Set, used with either the VIPER MIS Spine
System or EXPEDIUM® Spine System, is designed to facilitate a minimally
invasive approach, which typically results in smaller incisions, less pain,
lower infection rates, less blood loss and quicker recovery than traditional
The VIPER 3D Set consists of instrumentation and devices for
a variety of correction maneuvers and techniques. The Set includes the MIS Rod
Inserter/Rotator for 360 degree correction, a spondy reduction lever to control
sagittal alignment, derotation and correction frames, a multi-level compression
and distraction device to control orientation at individual levels and
approximation tools for seamless rod reduction.
“DePuy Spine continues to work to develop minimally invasive
surgical devices and instruments that are intuitive and versatile to better
help surgeons adopt the technique for appropriate spinal pathologies,” said
Namal Nawana, Worldwide President, DePuy Spine.
VIPER 3D was recently recognized for innovation with two prestigious
awards. The System received a 2011 Edison Best New Product Award™ for
innovation in the science and medical category and the Johnson Medal, a Johnson
& Johnson award given for outstanding science and technology for
contributions to a product through innovation, patient impact, and perseverance
Other recent additions to the VIPER line of products include
cobalt chrome rods and a variety of screw options. The VIPER System and VIPER
3D Set can accommodate any combination of polyaxial, uniplanar, monoaxial,
iliac fixation, or extended tab reduction (X-Tabs) screws in either an MIS or
open setting. This enables surgeons to customize technique based on patient
needs and surgical preferences.
About DePuy Spine
DePuy Spine, Inc. has worked with leading clinicians, researchers, and thought
leaders to develop products to treat spine disorders for over 20 years. It is
part of the DePuy Family of Companies within Johnson & Johnson, which has a
rich heritage of pioneering a broad range of products and solutions across the
continuum of orthopaedic and neurological care. These companies are unified
under one vision – Never Stop Moving® – to express their commitment to bring
meaningful innovation, shared knowledge and quality care to patients throughout
the world. Visit www.depuy.com for more information.
1Scoliosis Research Society. Adult Spinal Deformity:
Treatment Options. http://www.srs.org/patients/adult/deformity/treatment.php