DePuy Synthes Spine (now part of J&J) received FDA clearance to offer its EXPEDIUM, VIPER, and VIPER 2 pedicle screw systems for treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).
The devices already had clearance to be used on adults with scoliosis.
The EXPEDIUM technology was first introduced in 2004. The VIPER and VIPER2 Spine Systems have been used in minimally invasive spine surgery for a wide range of pathologies since 2005 and 2008, respectively.
The new indication, which was received last month, clears the way for the devices to be used in posterior non-cervical pedicle screw fixation in adolescent patients and for the company to provide training and education about its appropriate use.