Lanx Announces 100th Implantation of Durango™ Stand-Alone ALIF System

BROOMFIELD, CO, January 9, 2012 – Lanx, Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative devices for spinal surgery, announces the completion of the Durango™ Stand-Alone ALIF System pre-launch evaluation, with one hundred successful implantations. Full commercial launch of the system is underway.


Dan Gladney, Chairman and CEO, Lanx, said, “We are excited to bring the Durango System to market after a successful initial launch, where it will complement our expanding portfolio of minimally invasive spinal solutions.  Durango offers unique benefits not found in other existing stand-alone ALIF systems and has been very well received by surgeons during our initial launch.   We anticipate the Durango device to be widely adopted among surgeons nationally.”


The Durango System combines a PEEK OPTIMA® LT1 large footprint interbody spacer with central graft area, a titanium anterior plate and four fixed or variable angle fixation screws.  It also includes a one-step cover plate with a secure center set screw to prevent screw back-out. It is the first system on the market to offer multiple plate options; this includes a traditional zero-profile plate, a full plate, and the first ever half plate, all utilizing alternate screw trajectories for treating more challenging anatomies and optimized patient fit.


The system is indicated to promote fusion for the treatment of degenerative disc disease in L2-S1 through an ALIF procedure. It is approved as a stand-alone cage when used with all four fixation screws. In cases where additional posterior stabilization may be needed, the Durango System can be used with Lanx’s market leading Aspen™ MIS Fusion System, which affixes to the spinous process to provide rigid, posterior fixation as a minimally invasive alternative to pedicle screws.

Randall W. Porter, MD, neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurosurgical Associates in Phoenix, AZ, performed the one-hundredth implantation. “In my clinical experience, the versatility of the Durango System has enabled a precise, tailored approach to each patient, and has been especially useful when addressing challenging anatomy such as the L5-S1 level,” said Dr. Porter. “While the Durango cage offers excellent fixation on its own, I have had very positive outcomes when using it in conjunction with the Aspen device in my younger, more active patients who may require extra stability.  Aspen’s biomechanical equivalence to pedicle screws and minimally invasive nature make it the ideal posterior complement to Durango for my 360° fusions.”


Lanx offers a full line of minimally invasive spine stabilization technologies designed to promote fusion. To learn more about the Durango System or Lanx, please visit www.lanx.com.


About Lanx, Inc.

Lanx is one of the largest privately held global spine companies. The Company was founded by a team of experienced medical device professionals and engineers in 2003 to improve the quality of spine care and provide surgeons with innovative products. Lanx develops and markets a full line of fusion technologies with a focus on minimally invasive and biologics products. The Company is headquartered in Broomfield, CO. More information on Lanx and its spinal surgery products can be found at www.lanx.com.




Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President of Ortho Spine Partners and Partner for The De Angelis Group. He also serves as Co-Founder and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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