Dr. Kornelis Poelstra implants Molybdenum-Rhenium rod during spinal fusion

Written by Alan Condon | January 09, 2020 | Print  |

Kornelis Poelstra, MD, PhD, of The Robotic Spine Institute of Silicon Valley in Los Gatos, Calif., was reportedly the first spine surgeon on the west coast to implant a Molybdenum-Rhenium rod in a patient during a spinal fusion.

The MiRus Europa pedicle screw system, recently cleared by the FDA, incorporates the new implant material Molybdenum-Rhenium.

Molybdenum-Rhenium is designed with greater strength and fatigue resistance compared to titanium, cobalt and iron materials. 

The device's attributes facilitate the use of smaller implants, enabling patients to undergo surgery with smaller incisions and less soft tissue damage.

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