If any of our surgeon readers or industry professionals have had any experience with these devices, TSB and our readers welcomes your feedback. It seems that everyone has jumped on the bandwagon in developing these products, yet, the reality may be that an old-fashioned cervical plate and interbody device may be the way to go. TSB wants to know what our readers think?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Zero Profile Cervical Devices: Boom or Bust?
Recently, TSB was speaking with a few surgeons about their experience with the STALIF-C and it seems that this device is not as easy to implant as is claimed by Centinel Spine. Implantation of the PEEK device is not the difficult part of the procedure, its a bear getting the screws into the vertebral body. So the question must be asked, are these implants a viable option for the spine surgeon if it complicates the procedure? How much bigger does the incision have to be to accommodate screw placement? In addition, TSB has heard that surgeons have been concerned about the complexity of inserting the LDR Vertebridge ROI-C. Surgeons have reported they do not like the way it feels upon insertion and that it is destructive to the endplates.