One of the first products to hit the market was TruFuse which was designed to address facet degeneration. TruFuse is a tapered dowel and when introduced caused a serious stir from the surgical community. VGI with VertiLoc was another design that claims the device resists rotation and can be locked in place after implantation. It seems that VerteLoc has done admirably in a volatile market. NuTECH came out with NuFix a allograft dowel manufactured out of the femur or tibia. Litigation! Litigation! Litigation! As of last week, another player debuted in this space, its name is Facet Fusion Technologies out of San Antonio, Texas. FFT's claim is that with a rectangular/wedged shaped design with simplistic instruments, this device can withstand shear forces much better than the aforementioned products. So in the spirit of democracy, and with due respect to some of the other facet technologies (US Spine, Spinal Elements and Facet Solutions) what do our readers think of these products, and if needed, would you have these products implanted in your own spine? TSB wants to know?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Is it NU and is it TRU does it LOC and does it FUSE?
As more and more entrants enter the race to sell their products for facet fusion, TSB would like to enlist our readers knowledge, and opinions, about some of these devices. Having an inquisitive personality has always been a short-coming of mine. Recently, we have been contacted by multiple companies regarding their facet fusion devices. In order to provide our readers, which does include patients, some positive feedback, TSB would like to know will some of these devices make a difference in alleviating associated back pain?