Medtronic is launching its CD HORIZON SOLERA spinal implant in the US and in a limited release in Japan. The device is meant to be used in conjunction with a fusion to provide greater stabilization of the spine in patients with more acute mid to lower back problems.
The CD HORIZON® SOLERA™ Spinal System is designed to be compatible with Medtronic’s proprietary minimally invasive technologies, known as MAST™. It also is unique in that it is integrated with Medtronic’s surgical navigation and imaging systems and the NIM-ECLIPSE™ neuromonitoring system. This allows for decreased exposure to radiation for hospital staff, and improved accuracy of device placement to avoid injury to nerves. The system accommodates multiple rod material options, allowing choice in rod flexibility and strength to match the demands of a variety of spinal conditions. Additionally, smaller implants may provide the advantages of increased room for bone graft required for fusion, and reduced impingement on the facet joints. The facet joints are the small stabilizing joints located at the intersection of adjacent vertebrae.
In addition, Medtronic is working to improve patient care and hospital efficiencies by offering a complete solution for electronically tracking specific implants to individual patients. The CD HORIZON® SOLERA™ Spinal System implants are equipped with VERIFYI™ Implant Tracking System technology, which is similar to barcode technology, and provides device quality and utilization-related data for customers in a manner that meets anticipated FDA requirements for unique device identification (UDI).
The CD HORIZON® SOLERA™ Spinal System is Medtronic’s fifth generation spinal fusion system and is cleared to treat patients with degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, fracture, dislocation, failed previous fusions, tumors and, uniquely, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Extending the unmatched clinical history of more than twenty-five years and 500,000 patients represented by the CD HORIZON® product line, the CD HORIZON® SOLERA™ Spinal System offers the important combination of lower profile pedicle screw implants and performance. Enabling features include the OSTEOGRIP® thread pattern for enhanced fixation at the bone-implant interface, and a patented “closure mechanism,” or means of connecting to a variety of implants in a streamlined fashion. Notably, the system accommodates multiple rod material options and gives surgeons and hospitals an array of choices to treat a diverse set of spinal conditions.