Medtronic has been rewarded with a CE Mark for a new non-surgical procedure it has devised that is suitable for young children suffering from life-threatening curvature of the spine.
It provides a new option for patients with spinal deformities and is being launched across the European economic area, delivering growth-guided instrumentation to mimimise the number of operations children require.
Employing the SHILLA Growth Guidance System, the procedure can correct and maintain curvature in cases of early-onset scoliosis to permit natural growth of patients’ bodies.
The firm made the announcement during the Spine Week Congress in Amsterdam, explaining that the procedure maintains a correction over time and can be used to alleviate the risk of requiring fusion or lengthening surgeries as skeletons reach maturity.
“It is a genuine advance, which means these severely ill children now have a new surgical option which can minimise the amount of secondary surgeries required which have the risk of pain, complications and more anesthesia,” stated Medtronic vice-president of spinal and biologics for western Europe and Canada Steve Swinson.
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