ChoiceSpine gears up innovations in 2016 with cutting-edge spinal fusion devices

Written by Megan Wood | February 15, 2016 | Print  |

Knoxville, Tenn.-based ChoiceSpine plans to launch several innovations in the new year, on the heels of its recently released cervical device in December 2015.

An alternative to traditional anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, the TOMCAT Cervical Spinal System is a stand-alone device. It is designed to stabilize the cervical vertebral column as an adjunct to fusion of vertebral bodies.


The device's PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced from Invibio material sets it apart from other systems by allowing earlier bone apposition than PEEK alone. Hydroxyapatite (HA) is fully integrated with the PEEK-OPTIMA Natural to encourage bone on-growth while maintaining the strength and performance of PEEK.


ChoiceSpine offers two TOMCAT design options, explains Steve Ainsworth, PhD, Vice President of Research and Development of ChoiceSpine. Similar to other systems, the zero-profile design involves the screws going through the cage into the vertebral bodies.


The Hybrid model separates the TOMCAT's capabilities from other cervical systems. It is also a two screw design, however, one screw goes through a flange on the outside of the vertebral body similar to a plate.


"[The hybrid] design helps eliminate difficult screw trajectories due to the anatomy," says Dr. Ainsworth. For example, the chin can prove problematic when treating C2-C3, but the Hybrid model allows surgeons to insert the screw in line with the cage.


The TOMCAT is equipped with self-locking retention struts to prevent screw back-out.


The company is launching several other innovations in 2016, including the THUNDERBOLT Minimally Invasive Screw System and the re-launch of its VEO Lateral Access System. ChoiceSpine is focusing its near term research and development on the anterior approach for the lumbar spine.


With healthcare trends pushing low cost and high quality, ChoiceSpine will strive to continue developing high-performing devices.


"We are always looking to increase the effectiveness and decrease the costs of the entire procedure through implant design and minimally invasive approaches," says Dr. Ainsworth.


Minimally invasive procedures lower costs because of less required anesthesia and blood transfusions as well as result in shorter hospital stays.


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