SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Spinal Kinetics, a leader and innovator in advanced generation artificial disc technology, today announced the successful implantation of the first patient with the company’s M6-L artificial lumbar disc, and the commencement of the system’s initial commercial launch in Europe. This first procedure was completed at Sana Clinic Sommerfeld in Sommerfeld, Germany by leading spine surgeon Karsten Ritter-Lang, M.D.
The M6-L artificial disc represents the company’s second non-fusion, motion preservation product to treat degenerative diseases of the spine. The company launched its M6-C artificial cervical disc in Europe three years ago. To date, over 3,000 discs have been implanted. Like the M6-C, the M6-L lumbar disc is an advanced generation artificial disc developed to replace an intervertebral disc damaged by disc degeneration. It is the only replacement disc that replicates the anatomic structure of a natural lumbar disc by incorporating an artificial nucleus and annulus. Together, the nucleus and annulus are designed to provide the same motion characteristics of a natural disc.
The M6-L’s compressible polymer nucleus is designed to simulate the function of the native nucleus, while the surrounding multi-layer high tensile strength fiber annulus is intended to facilitate a controlled range of motion in multiple directions. The M6 artificial disc is implanted with proprietary surgical instrumentation. This specialized system was designed with surgeon feedback and is intended for simple, safe, and reproducible M6 implantation.