a global leader in biomedical materials, today announced that its Dyneema
Purity® ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene fiber was selected for use in
SpineWorks, LLC’s novel Universal Screw Persuader (USP)System. The patent
pending USP is a Class 1 disposable system that is designed to facilitate
easier rod reduction to a pedicle screw construct.
The USP System utilizes Dyneema Purity® fiber in the cable
used to encircle and anchor to the bottom of a pedicle screw. The lasso is then
attached to a proprietarily designed reduction instrument that reduces the rod
to the screws. After the reduction process, the lasso is cut and removed from
the surgical site for disposal. The strength, low profile and fatigue-resistant
properties found in Dyneema Purity® fiber work in conjunction with the
reduction clamp for optimal controlled motion during rod reduction.
SpineWorks believes the USP System will be compatible with
almost all pedicle screw systems currently marketed for complex (i.e.
Scoliosis, coronal and sagital incongruities) and/or simple constructs (i.e.
degenerative and trauma). SpineWorks, LLC will present the USP System at the
2011 North American Spine Society (NASS) meeting.
“We chose Dyneema Purity® fiber due to its prolonged track
record of use in the medical industry and proven strength, abrasion resistance
and biocompatibility,” said Doug Neary, President, SpineWorks, LLC.
“DSM is proud to see Dyneema Purity® fiber contributing to
the performance of SpineWorks LLC’s USP,” said William Fuller, Director of
Business Development, DSM Biomedical. “We are delighted to see an increase in
the adoption of our super high strengthmedical grade fiber technology in spinal
and other medical applications.”
This announcement precedes the start of NASS, where
SpineWorks LLC will be exhibiting at booth 2141 from November 2-5, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
Dyneema Purity® is a registered trademark of Royal DSM N.V.
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