Medtronic has announced the US launch of the VERTEX SELECT Reconstruction System Occipitocervical Module. The system, which includes implants and tools, is designed for posterior fusions that require the skull to be stabilized to the neck.
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Conditions of the spine, such as degenerative disease, can lead to instability and pain for patients. To treat the instability, surgeons perform a spinal fusion, which involves joining two bones together, such as the occiput and vertebrae. Nearly 40,000 posterior cervical fusions are performed each year, of which approximately 10 percent involve occipitocervical fusions.
Used with the existing VERTEX® Reconstruction System, the VERTEX SELECT Occipitocervical Module offers adjustability through multiple plate designs, rods, screws, and hooks that gives surgeons more options during surgery, enabling them to tailor the procedure to each patient’s needs. Additional enhancements to the VERTEX SELECT Reconstruction System will be released in the near future to further expand the system.