Automated Technology Detects Location and Monitors Health of Nerves During Spine Surgery
CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (“ATEC” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ATEC), a medical device company dedicated to revolutionizing the approach to spine surgery, announced today the commercial release of the SafeOp Neural InformatiX System (“SafeOp”), which has been designed to seamlessly integrate critical neural information into ATEC procedural solutions.
The commercial launch of the SafeOp System follows successful alpha evaluations that began earlier this year, and is the last of 12 planned commercial launches for 2019, delivering on ATEC’s commitment to accelerate growth through clinical distinction.
“Today, we are launching the first reflection of the innovation that we expect to deliver through the SafeOp platform: a powerful technology that meets an unmet need for objective, intraoperative neural information during surgery,” said Pat Miles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “SafeOp’s unprecedented combination of nerve identification and nerve health information will be the cornerstone of ATEC clinical distinction. By providing surgeons with the information they require, when they require it, SafeOp profoundly improves the clinical experience in some of spine’s most broadly performed procedures.”
The SafeOp Neural InformatiX System has been engineered with electromyography (EMG) and somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP) to provide surgeons with actionable information regarding both the location and the health of nerves at risk during surgery. The system integrates seamlessly into operating rooms with a small footprint and wireless connectivity.
Dr. William Taylor, Professor of Neurosurgery at UC San Diego and lateral surgery pioneer, said, “I have been looking for years for a way to monitor the health of the femoral nerve in the lateral approach. SafeOp’s automated SSEP technology is the first to provide real-time feedback about the integrity of that critical neural structure to help surgeons avoid injury and improve outcomes.”
For lateral lumbar procedures, SafeOp’s EMG nerve detection provides information regarding the direction and the proximity of relevant neural anatomy during the surgical approach. In addition to the reliable access afforded with EMG, the system employs real-time SSEP nerve monitoring. Through a combination of cutting-edge signal amplifiers and filters, proprietary waveform classifiers, and predefined parameters, SafeOp SSEP delivers an unparalleled ability to reproducibly monitor nerve health. That capability uniquely equips surgeons with actionable information to assist in mitigating femoral nerve complications, the greatest challenge to the adoption of lateral surgery.
SafeOp also improves the safety and reproducibility of posterior fixation procedures, which encompass roughly 90% of all spine fusions. Integrated into the Invictus™ Posterior Fixation approach, SafeOp’s dynamic EMG technology delivers nerve detection with industry-leading speed and reliability during screw placement, reducing the risk of pedicle breach.
Key Features of the SafeOp Neural InformatiX System and Proprietary Peripheral Devices
- Triggered EMG for Fast, Reliable Nerve Identification
–Proprietary Validated Response Thresholding (VRT) algorithm, designed to deliver industry-leading nerve detection while reducing the incidence of false positive responses
– Industry-leading speed, with stimulation that ramps from below threshold at a frequency 4x faster than competitive systems
– Compelling reliability, as acquired threshold responses are validated with subsequent stimuli for reproducible results
– Visual and audible communication of discrete threshold values
- Saphenous SSEP for Femoral Nerve Integrity Monitoring
–Leverages novel waveform-averaging technology to provide objective, real-time nerve health information
– Actionable SSEP information with audible and visual alerting of response changes, numeric display of SSEP amplitude and latency, and response trend indicators
About Alphatec Holdings, Inc.
Alphatec Holdings, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Alphatec Spine, Inc. and SafeOp Surgical, Inc., is a medical device company dedicated to revolutionizing the approach to spine surgery. ATEC designs, develops and markets spinal fusion technology products and solutions for the treatment of spinal disorders associated with disease and degeneration, congenital deformities and trauma. The Company markets its products in the U.S. via independent sales agents and a direct sales force.
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