Medtronic has released its POWEREASE System for performing spinal reconstructive surgery.
The company touts the system as providing greater control and less strain for the surgeon’s hands over manual instruments.
This system brings new capability to the operating room through compatibility with two of the leading pedicle screw platforms on the market, the CD HORIZON® SOLERA™ Spinal System and the TSRH® 3Dx™ Spinal System, and is integrated with other advanced surgical technologies, specifically Medtronic’s NIM-ECLIPSE® neuromonitoring, O-ARM® imaging, and STEALTHSTATION® navigation systems.
The POWEREASE™ System is used for drilling, tapping and driving specialized implants during spinal surgery, including open and minimally invasive procedures. The system is also used in final construct assembly. Risks for the system include, breakage, slippage, misuse, or mishandling of instruments, such as on sharp edges, may cause injury to the patient or operative personnel.
Through biomechanical testing versus manual instruments, the POWEREASE™ System demonstrated 51% less time required for tapping the pedicle and 55% less time required for placing pedicle screws. This testing also showed greater control with 38% less wobble, defined as maximum radial movement of the instrument from the center axis of the instrument or screw when placing pedicle screws, compared to manual instruments. Biomechanical testing is not necessarily indicative of human clinical outcome.
Press release: Medtronic Announces Launch of the POWEREASE™ System…