CENTER VALLEY, Pa.–(BUSINESS
WIRE)–According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
(AANS), over 320,000 spinal procedures out of some 550,000, or 58%, require
some type of bone cutting.1 Traditionally, bone removal in spinal surgeries has
been performed by hand instruments or cutting burrs that, by virtue of their
mechanism of action, pose risks of dural and neural injury, the Aesculap ultrasonic osteotome, BoneScalpel, reduces these risks. Additionally, the BoneScalpel reduces bone bleeding, produces precise cuts as
narrow as approximately 0.5 mm, and provides the surgeon an alternate surgical
technique; potentially increasing efficiency and reducing O.R. time. A white
paper, titled BoneScalpel™ Ultrasonic Bone Cutting System: Neurosurgical and
Orthopaedic Applications, is now available that discusses the technology
behind the BoneScalpel as well as successful clinical trials.
The Aesculap BoneScalpel combines important safety and control
aspects associated with hand instruments with the convenience and ease of
powered instruments. The ultrasonic blade enables precision osteotomies and
en-bloc bone removal while facilitating the sparing of soft tissues and
reducing bleeding. This allows for a new level of efficacy in performing
osseous resection with the opportunity to modify surgical technique and shorten
operating room (O.R.) time. Studies have shown that in spine surgery, the BoneScalpel is used to cut vertebral elements while
protecting the underlying dura and neural structures. The relative selectivity
for bone destruction allows for efficient and systematic removal of bone in
spine operations. This paper reports a set of such data for a number of
surgical applications with the Aesculap BoneScalpel. The BoneScalpel is manufactured by Misonix, Inc.
Authored by Peyman Pakzaban, MD, FAANS of Houston
MicroNeurosurgery, the paper is available for exclusive download at www.aesculapusa.com/bonescalpel. Additional surgical videos
demonstrating the technique are also available.
About Aesculap, Inc.
Aesculap, Inc., a B. Braun company, founded in 1867 in Tuttlingen, Germany,
is the worlds largest and one of the most respected manufacturers of surgical
instruments and sterilization container systems. Aesculap is a leading privately-owned manufacturing company,
passionately committed to providing high-quality, innovative products and
services to all surgical disciplines, with particular focus in the fields of
General, Neuro, Spine and Orthopaedics. For more information, contact Aesculap
Customer Service at 1-800-282-9000 or visit www.aesculapusa.com.
About B. Braun
B. Braun is a leading manufacturer of infusion therapy and pain management
products with an environmentally-friendly focus. Guided by the companys
“Sharing Expertise®” philosophy, B. Braun addresses the critical issues of
infection prevention, medication safety and environmental responsibility by
promoting best practices that help clinicians reduce medication errors, prevent
healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) and achieve sustainability objectives.
Consistently recognized by Frost & Sullivan and KLAS for
its medical technology and support services, B. Braun employees share their
knowledge with colleagues and customers to improve working processes in
hospitals and medical practices and to enhance the safety of patients and
healthcare professionals. For more information, call 800-227-2862, e-mail us at
or visit B. Braun at www.bbraunusa.com.
1. Aesculap Neurosurgery. Page 11. Available at http://surgicalinstruments.hospital-products.com/page/2955/.
Accessed September 13, 2011.