DePuy Synthes is releasing its new SYNFLATE Vertebral Balloon, a device used to help repair compression fractures of the spine. The company touts that the strength of the semi-elastic balloon is double that of standard elastic balloons when completely inflated.
The SYNFLATE is available in three sizes (10, 15 and 20mm) and can be used alone or in pairs to create an appropriate volume for bone cement or other type of repair.
From the announcement:
“The SYNFLATE Vertebral Balloon offers a versatility not found in other vertebral body augmentation portfolios,” said Max Reinhardt, Worldwide President, DePuy Synthes Spine.” The access kits accommodate different physician preferences and surgical approaches, and the multiple balloon sizes enable selection based on specific patient anatomy.
Vertebral body balloon procedures are used to reduce pain and strengthen and restore the shape and height of collapsed vertebra. In the procedure, the balloon is inserted into the vertebra and inflated to attempt to restore normal bone height. The balloon is then removed and the space or cavity that was created by the inflation of the balloon is filled with special bone cement to strengthen and stabilize the bone.
In addition to the SYNFLATE Vertebral Balloon, the DePuy Synthes Spine portfolio of vertebral body augmentation solutions include the Vertebral Body Balloon, the CONFIDENCE SPINAL CEMENT SYSTEM, which combines a unique highly viscous cement with a novel hydraulic delivery system for vertebroplasty and VERTECEM II Bone Cement, which provides up to 17 minutes of working time and 18cc of cement to allow for a multi-level approach.