Wireless implants planned for spinal fusion

Carly Behm -  

One devicemaker's recent seed funding round could help bring wireless implants to spine surgery, IoT World Today reported Oct. 28.

Intelligent Implants raised $9 million in seed funding, provided in part by startup-building firm EIC Accelerator, and the devicemaker plans to commercialize a wireless implant for spinal fusion treatments. The implant, called Smart Fuse, incorporates a regular implant connected to wireless antennae for controlling electrodes that graft bone tissue into the body.

Patients would use a spinal corset to secure the implant. Clinical trials are expected to start in 2023.

Wireless implants aren't new to the orthopedic space. In October, New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery implanted a wireless knee device for remote monitoring.

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