Devices for minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery (MIS) are being launched by DePuy Synthes. The device is designed to simplify the procedure.
One of the devices, the VIPER PRIME System, “combines multiple instruments into one pedicle screw inserter tool that reduces the number of instrument passes,” says DePuy. The other tool, the CONCORDE Clear MIS Discectomy, is used for clearing degenerated discs.
“As a global leader in spine, we have a responsibility to continue to innovate to make spinal fusion surgery less invasive for patients and less complicated for surgeons,” says Nadav Tomer, Global Platform Leader, DePuy Synthes Spine. “Both the VIPER PRIME System and the CONCORDE Clear MIS Discectomy Tool are examples of how we are providing differentiated technologies that simplify spine surgery and make it more reproducible for every surgeon while reducing the impact on patients.”
The current technique for MIS surgery involves the Jamshidi needle and guide wires. The instruments need to go in and out of the body several times, contributing to the difficulty of the procedure. The VIPER PRIME system is designed to feature all of the instruments within the single tool. It features a screw tip design and stylet that is controlled by the screwdriver. Surgeons are able to target pedicles and inserts a screw with just one instrument pass.
The CONCORDE Clear Discectomy tool uses suction to remove degenerated discs and prepare endplates. Traditional methods included using multiple instruments and instrument passes. This increased the risk for root injury.
It is designed with a clear handle that allows surgeons to see the disc material.