Edge Surgical this week said its Awl-in-One Tap has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The Awl-in-One Tap is a single-use spinal surgery instrument with disposable neuromonitoring EMG system with built-in digital depth measurement, according to the company. The device is designed to be used when creating a screw hole pathway during posterior pedicle spinal fusion surgeries.
“As more and more spine fusion surgeries move to the outpatient setting, surgeons require the same safety and accuracy of placing surgical screws afforded at the inpatient setting,” CEO Christopher Wilson said in a news release. “The Awl-in-One Tap with NerveNAV technology aims to cost-effectively address those needs, and it is designed to also be used by larger hospitals looking to add more a more cost-effective spine navigation solution.”
Edge Surgical’s patent has 20 claims directed to orthopedic/spine navigations instrumentation. The company now holds a total of 17 U.S. patents and 11 patents outside the U.S. on this technology. Edge Surgical also has six additional patent applications pending in the U.S. and 13 outside the U.S.