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|Medtronic Announces Launch of the POWEREASE™ System|
Latest innovation offers power technology for reconstructive spine surgery
MEMPHIS, TENN. – April 16, 2012 –Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) today announced the initiation of its launch of the POWEREASE™ System, an innovative system of electronic instruments designed specifically for use in instrumented, or reconstructive, spine surgery. This system brings new capability to the operating room through compatibility with two of the leading pedicle screw platforms on the market, the CD HORIZON® SOLERA™ Spinal System and the TSRH® 3Dx™ Spinal System, and is integrated with other advanced surgical technologies, specifically Medtronic’s NIM-ECLIPSE® neuromonitoring, O-ARM® imaging, and STEALTHSTATION® navigation systems.
“Biomechanical testing demonstrated that when compared with traditional instruments used for delivering spinal therapy, the POWEREASE™ System reduces surgeon’s fatigue associated with repetitive hand motion and enhances surgeon control, including in complex reconstructions of the spine,” said Doug King, Senior Vice President and President of Medtronic Spinal. “We’re pleased to couple advanced power technology with our proprietary neuromonitoring and surgical navigation systems, which enable a more informed procedure.”
The POWEREASE™ System is used for drilling, tapping and driving specialized implants during spinal surgery, including open and minimally invasive procedures. The system is also used in final construct assembly. Risks for the system include, breakage, slippage, misuse, or mishandling of instruments, such as on sharp edges, may cause injury to the patient or operative personnel.
Through biomechanical testing versus manual instruments, the POWEREASE™ System demonstrated 51% less time required for tapping the pedicle and 55% less time required for placing pedicle screws. This testing also showed greater control with 38% less wobble, defined as maximum radial movement of the instrument from the center axis of the instrument or screw when placing pedicle screws, compared to manual instruments. Biomechanical testing is not necessarily indicative of human clinical outcome.
The POWEREASE™ System was developed jointly by Medtronic’s Spinal and Surgical Technologies business units. The system utilizes Surgical Technologies’ IPC® (Integrated Power Console).
About the CD HORIZON® SOLERA™ Spinal System
About TSRH® Spinal System
Risks associated with the CD HORIZON® and TSRH® Spinal Systems include loosening, disassembly, bending, and/or breakage of components, fracture, microfracture, resorption, damage, or penetration of any spinal bone. Selection of the proper size, shape, and design of the implant for each patient is crucial to the success of the procedure. A successful result is not always achieved in every surgical case. The safety and effectiveness of this device has not been established for use as part of a growing rod construct, and is only intended to be used when definitive fusion is being performed at all instrumented levels.
About the Spinal Business at Medtronic
Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world.
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