Medtronic would have been hard pressed to pick a more appropriate name for its new posterior cervical spine surgery system. The company launched the Infinity Occipitocervical-Upper Thoracic (OCT) System this week at the annual North American Spine Society meeting in Los Angeles.
"When we started on this project and in its genesis we had a blank slate and we wanted to not look at the individual gadgets, but really look at the procedure as a whole and how we could streamline and bring efficiencies to the OR, to the surgeon in that procedure," Michelle Thie, a principal product specialist at Medtronic, told MD+DI.
"Posterior cervical is a known treatment option that can bring its challenges. You're working with small anatomy in the cervical spine, there are anatomical landmarks and scenarios that make it really difficult to assemble a construct and to make that surgery go efficiently," Thie said.
"The name of the system says it all," she added. "There are infinite solutions that are provided through the system."
That said, there were some key areas the company focused on in developing the Infinity OCT. For example, the system includes a multi-axial screw with 60 degrees of angulation in any direction, a set screw (locking cap) with a quick-start thread to minimize cross threading, and 3.0mm and 5.5mm diameter screws for expanded patient demographics and clinical applications. The system also has a full spectrum of implant materials and sizes - and when paired with the company's O-arm imaging system and StealthStation navigation system - provides a fully-enabled procedural solution designed to bring efficiency and simplicity to complex posterior cervical procedures.
Bottom line, the Infinity OCT is intended to be a complete procedural solution that integrates navigation with biologics and Medtronic's comprehensive devices and instrumentation to create efficiency in spinal fusion procedure workflow for the upper back and neck.
The Infinity OCT System is indicated for certain conditions including degenerative disc disease, instability or deformity, tumors, and traumatic spinal fractures or traumatic dislocations. Spine trauma can sometimes result in a spinal cord injury. The Infinity OCT System is now available in the United States and is expected to be released in geographies around the world in 2018 and 2019.
Thie said the response the system is receiving at NASS this week has been more than validating.
"There have been pain points, and there have been struggles with post cervical instrumentation in the past, and we are delivering new technology that people are gravitating toward because I think they can quickly and easily see the benefits and the advantages that it's going to provide in those procedures," she said. "We couldn't be more excited about what this is bringing."