Our tipster from Isracast informs us of this new product for vertebral reconstruction post fracture:
The new method uses a smart implant made of Titanium that is inserted into the spinal cord of the patient using a small tube. The implant, called Bidex, grips a broken vertebra, and creates scaffolding which lifts the vertebra up in order to allow the insertion of a special “glue” which is used to repair the broken vertebra. Until now methods for repairing broken vertebrae were usually more invasive and since scaffolding was not used, the glue which was used to mend the broken vertebra tended to leak to other areas of the spine. The Bidex implant should be able to prevent this from occurring by containing the glue within the spinal column itself.
We’ve had the privilege to scrub in on some cutting-edge kyphoplasty surgery, but it was nontheless invasive and fraught with risk. This implant represents another step beyond what’s currently available, and we look forward to seeing its promise validated in the OR.
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