My Abacus does not have enough of beads on its wires to count this high.
On February 2nd, AlphaTec Spine announced that it had received CE Mark approval for the commercial sale of this device in the European Union. The powers to be at AlphaTec claim that this device is innovative because it is intended to significantly increase the pullout and holding strength of this screw.
Obviously, the marketing spin on this device is that it was designed with the intent of addressing a need for patients that have the "Aging Spine." The reality is that this is an expandable screw that locks the screw into the neck of the pedicle. Hmmmmm, sounds familar to another platform that surfaced a few years ago by a company named Expandable Orthopedics.
So here's our question to our readers, Is this truly an innovative device, and will it effect the clinical outcomes for lumbar fusions? Or, is this another attempt to market a product that really won't make a difference? Our staff has not heard of any surgeons complaining about screw pullout, what have our readers heard. This is your opportunity to bring your opinions to the public. You know what they say, Is it new? Is it True? And, Will it make a difference?