NuVasive recently launched its Brigade Lateral inter body implant and instrumentation that is designed for lateral anterior lumbar inter body fusion (ALIF) spine surgery.
The new spine procedure gives doctors access to the L5-S1 from a lateral position while retaining traditional ALIF characteristics. Brigade Lateral offers improved instrumentation, a new insertion method and an expanded lordotic implant with optimized workflow.
Brigade’s threaded in-line inserter is angled off of the midline and positioned on the lateral edge of the implant to allow for access to the L5-S1 spine levels. It gives surgeons a low-profile and reproducible insertion method.
“The NuVasive Lateral ALIF procedure, coupled with the Brigade Lateral implant and instrumentation specifically designed for this approach, is a game changer for me and my patients,” said Dr. Michael Cluck, orthopedic surgeon at Bay Area Spine Care in San Jose, Calif. “When used with minimally invasive surgical techniques, Lateral ALIF allows surgeons to complete a standard ALIF and posterior fixation from one position for both single-level and, more importantly, multi-level lumbar spinal fusions.”
Lateral ALIF is used in NuVasive’s lateral single-position surgery platform that is designed to increase OR efficiency by reducing the need for patient repositioning.
“NuVasive pioneered the lateral approach in spine surgery, and continues to lead the industry with disruptive procedural solutions that maximize the efficiency of these less invasive techniques while retaining the inherent benefits to surgeons, patients and hospitals,” said Matt Link, president of strategy, technology and corporate development for NuVasive. “Brigade Lateral is no exception, and extends our comprehensive procedural offering to a wider range of indications from the lateral approach.”