Thursday, October 27, 2016

News: Spinal Elements® Announces Initial Procedures with Katana™ MIS Lateral System

CARLSBAD, Calif.--()--Spinal Elements, a spine technology company, announced that the first procedures with its minimally invasive (MIS) Katana Lateral System (product page) were successfully completed.
The Katana Lateral System is a muscle-splitting system that is designed to overcome some of the inherent challenges in MIS lateral surgery. Traditionally, spine surgery has been performed from the back (posterior) or the front (anterior). Recent MIS advancements allow for accessing the spine from the side (lateral). Currently-marketed systems can intrap tissue as the access is created. Furthermore, the nature of how these systems create the surgical corridor can compress neural structures near the spine.
The Katana System was designed to address both of these challenges. Surgical access with Katana is gently created in the plane of the muscle, preventing the muscle intrapment that can plague earlier technology based system. The posterior-forward design philosophy of the Katana system further helps prevent the nerve compression problems that other systems can create. Both of these design enhancements are proprietary to Spinal Elements’ next generation system.
The implants used with the Katana Lateral System take advanatage of Spinal Elements’ Ti-Bond® titanium surface technology. The application of Ti-Bond allows the spinal implants to maintain their radioulucent properties that permit intraoperative montoring of implant position while allowing postoperative assessment of fusion progress. These implants also maintain their load-sharing strength profile that has been clinically proven important to the bone healing process. These properties are further enhanced by the additional stability of Ti-Bond’s roughened surface and longer-term benefits of its hydrophilic titanium structure.
Burak Ozgur, MD, a leading MIS spine surgeon based in Newport Beach, California, had this to say about his experience with the Katana System: “The system far exceeded my expectations. The Katana System’s design allows for efficient access to the spine without the drawbacks of the other systems available. The lack of muscle intrapment and encroachment into my surgical corridor allows for a more fluid procedure. I believe this could be a game changing technology that surgeons could easily adopt into their practice.”
Spinal Elements will be exhibiting (Exhibit 1341) October 26th through the 28th at the North American Spine Society meeting in Boston. The company has seen over 20% growth this year in its core technologies, fueled by demand for its advanced technologies including Ti-Bond coated implants.
About Spinal Elements
Spinal Elements, headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, is a spine technology company for spine surgeons who demand innovative, extremely high quality surgical solutions. From the company’s early work which helped make PEEK commonplace throughout the spine industry to recent advancements in Ti-Bond® porous titanium coated PEEK interbody implants and controlled delivery technology, Spinal Elements has built a reputation for being trustworthy, innovative and different. The company is focused on the development and marketing of progressive spinal treatment options and markets a complete portfolio of advanced spinal implant technologies. Additionally, the company distributes Hero® Allograft, the net proceeds from which are donated to charities benefiting children with life-threatening medical conditions. The company recently launched a warranty program for its Ti-Bond technology based on the success of over 10,000 devices implanted. For more information, please visit
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For Spinal Elements
Laura Charlton (formerly Johnson)

Published at BusinessWire

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