10 Spine treating Technology & News 2021. Are Robots for Spine Surgery Worth the Cost?

Back pain can be a horrible experience. It is a very common problem suffered by most people. The main cause of backache may be due to prolonged sitting in an inappropriate posture or a sedentary lifestyle or occupation. Even stress can cause back pain. Backaches can be mild or severe. Painkillers can provide temporary relief from back pain. However, they do not provide permanent solutions and are often associated with certain side effects. Severe back pain may require spine surgery. 

Recently, spine technology awards were held to honor the most innovative and practical technology that can treat backache.

There are judges in the panel who decide the winner of the year on the basis of the following:

  • Innovation and creation

  • Clinical relevance 

  • Cost-effective

  • Long term significance of treating spine problems

  • Solve the current clinical issue

  • Improved quality of life 

 

On the basis of the above information and without wasting any more of your precious minute, here are 10 Spine treating Technology of 2021:

 

1. Dynamic Vertebral Body Tethering System by Auctus Surgical:

This is a non-fusion and minimally invasive spine surgery therapy for children under the age of 12 who have a deep enough spinal curve to require surgery. A flexible tether made of a high molecular weight polyethylene material is used to restrict one side of the spine in the non-fusion process. The unrestrained side of the spine “comes back” to the convex side as a child develops, straightening the curve. This process is named Growth Modulation. 

 

2. OLIF Retractor System by Camber Spine Technologies:

The Camber Spine OLIF System includes implants, a modular retractor system, bent disc prep instrumentation, and an articulating inserter engineered specifically for oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLIF). This System is made up of handheld blades that can be rigidly attached to the table or to other blades with the help of a series of mini arms. For precise implant insertion, the articulating inserter allows for in-place adjustment of the inserter handle angle. This can be an alternative to laser spine surgery. 

 

3. Prodisc L Total Disc Replacement by Centinel Spine:

This system implementation and submission exemplify the company's commitment to providing treatment to patients with two-level lumbar disc degeneration. Many patients in the United States now have an option to fusion for their two-level disease thanks to the PMA approval.

 

4. Bolt Spine Navigation System by Circinus Medical Technology:

This system provides a spine navigation solution that is remarkably accurate, simple to use, low-cost, and safe. The device uses an iPod touch with an A10 Fusion chip, an 8MP monitor, and a highly sensitive gyroscope to direct the positioning of pedicle or cortical screws efficiently and effectively. 

Prior to scrubbing, the surgeon takes two photographs of the level(s) where fixation is to be put with the iPod. The iPod is wrapped in a sterile bag and placed in the sterile field when the surgeon is ready to insert the screws. On the touch screen, the surgeon can easily design screw trajectory with their finger. This system can be easily used in implant systems. The cost of spine surgery in India starts at 50,000 and may range to 1,30,000 INR. 

 

5. Device for Dural Repair by DuraStat:

DuraStat is a medical system used during spine surgery to prevent Incidental Durotomy (ID). It improves access, precision, and protection, allowing the surgeon to perform a high-quality, direct sutured closure in even the most difficult circumstances. When compared to traditional closure systems, DuraStat saves time, increases surgeon morale, and improves repair quality and protection.

 

6. Fusion Robotics System by Fusion Robotics:

Fusion Robotics is a spine robotics and navigation platform that is simple, compact, powerful, and cost-effective. The unique combination of technologies makes it possible to incorporate the precision and efficiency of spinal robotics into many more procedures around the world, both clinically and economically. 

 

7. Fibrin-PTH (KUR-113) by Kuros Biosciences A.G:

Kuros created a product candidate based on Parathyroid Hormone (or PTH) and the natural healing matrix fibrin to cause bone formation. PTH, unlike BMP-2, affects only cells that have already committed to forming bone. PTH promotes the differentiation of osteoprogenitor cells and the proliferation of osteoblasts, increasing the number of bone-forming cells while also expanding their lifespan.

 

8. Potent Biocompatible and Stable Antimicrobial Treatment for Spinal Implants by Molecular Surface Technologies:

The delivery of a surface that is remarkably potent in its programmed purpose is the product of MST's special and proprietary surface modification technology. Under aqueous conditions, the surface is strong and stable. These surfaces have a dimensional scale of fewer than 100 nanometers, making them practically "dimensionless" and, more significantly, not altering the material's mechanical properties.

Medanta- The Medicity in Gurgaon is considered to be the best hospital for spine surgery in India equipped with advanced technology and the best surgeons to treat backache. 

 

9. 3D Fusion System by SurGenTec:

The GraftRasp 3D (Dilate, Decorticate, and Deliver) device enables surgeons to conduct true posterolateral fusion in a minimally invasive manner. It's the only FDA-approved system of its kind that allows surgeons to decorticate bone and deliver it to an orthopedic site. Depending on the procedure, the 3D System can be used in minimally invasive, mini-open, or open scenarios.

 

10. OGmend Implant Enhancement System by Woven Orthopedic Technologies:

This was created to help surgeons solve the difficulties they encounter when attempting to achieve sufficient fixation in compromised fixation situations. It's similar to a wall anchor used in building, but it uses a bio textile to strengthen the screw-to-bone interface, reducing and dispersing tension and increasing screw-to-bone stability both instantly and over time.

After learning all the new innovations, let’s talk about if Robots for Spine Surgery is Worth the Cost.

Robotic lumbar spine surgery is a safer and new alternative treatment compared to traditional open spine surgery. In this procedure, screws are implanted in the bones of the back. This surgery can also be used for the correction of kyphosis. 

 

The following are advantages of Robotic spine surgery according to the spine surgeon:

  • Pedicle screw positioning accuracy improves.

  • Compared to conventional surgery, there is less tissue damage.

  • The surgical team and surgeons are exposed to less radiation 

  • More complicated procedures, such as dural closure or bony decompression, can become possible

Talking about the cost, the cost is really high when it comes to robotic surgery but it’s worth everything! 

 

Conclusion:

This new innovation in laser spine treatment is a shining light. We are thankful to inventors, engineers, and the company for introducing such innovative and effective techniques that will help to improve the quality of life for people with back problems. 

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