IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Magellan Spine Technologies, Inc. announced today the first human implant of its DART (Disc Annular Repair Technology) System for use after lumbar discectomy procedures. This initial clinical use follows European CE Mark clearance of the DART System in April 2009.
This first of its kind implant was performed by Drs. Juan Dipp and Ricardo Flores at Hospital Y Centro Medico Del Prado in Tijuana, Mexico. Following a standard discectomy procedure for a lumbar disc herniation, the patient was implanted with the Magellan DART device. The device is designed to prevent recurrent disc herniation and maintain disc height.
Commenting on the procedure Dr. Dipp stated, “The DART implantation did not alter the discectomy procedure and was easy to complete. Upon implantation, the DART device sealed the annular defect and increased the patient’s disc height. The patient was discharged less than 24 hours from surgery, has reported no pain and returned to normal activities within the first week.” Dr. Dipp is an orthopedic surgeon and the principal investigator for the clinical evaluation of the Magellan DART device.