One of the most important steps in spinal implant surgery is removing all nucleus material from the lumbar disc before inserting the implant. If any nucleus tissue remains, it can interfere with the bone formation process by acting as a physical barrier to bone growth. Existing nucleus removal instrumentation causes damage to the annulus and vertebral endplates, and is unable to reach all areas of the disc. CoreSpine Technologies of Minneapolis hopes to fill this unmet surgical need. The company is developing the first device to fully remove all nucleus tissue without causing further spinal damage, preparing the way for successful positioning of the implant. CoreSpine’s device seeks to improve surgical outcome while working with emerging spinal implant technologies.
October 22, 2010