Spinal Simplicity, a medical device company based in Overland Park, Kan., that develops innovative solutions to treat complex surgical problems, recently announced a new generation of their Minuteman G3 fusion device that features an FDA-cleared coating of hydroxyapatite (HA).
“HA has been used in orthopedic procedures for the last 30 years because of its successful track record,” said Todd Moseley, CEO and co-founder of Spinal Simplicity.
Hydroxyapatite or HA, known also as a “bone mineral,” is naturally occurring in human teeth and bones but can also be successfully synthesized. Physicians began using the synthesized compound in surgery as early as 1920 and began working with HA-coated implant devices in 1986.
According to leaders of Spinal Simplicity, one of the simplest explanations for why HA-coated devices have not received broader adoption into more procedure types has largely to do with the need for sterile packed implants.
“For companies to try to accomplish what we’re doing retrospectively, they’d have to seek new clearances from the FDA. By switching to sterile pack processing—they’d have to start over with new inventory, requiring excessive time and money,” said Jonathan Hess, VP of business development. “With Spinal Simplicity integrating a sterile packed implant since its inception, we are able to offer a better solution to our customer surgeons and their patients.”
After launching the Minuteman G3 implant device with HA coating, Spinal Simplicity caught the attention of several industry leading surgeons, including Omar Osmani, M.D., from New Mexico, Elizabeth Trinidad, M.D., from Florida, Larry Khoo, M.D., from California, and Randolph Bishop, M.D., from Georgia.
Each physician successfully implanted the HA Minuteman G3 in April and May this year. Spinal Simplicity is excited to be working with renowned surgeon partners and thought leaders in the implementation of minimally invasive technologies.