Best New Spine Technology for 2011
Center Valley, PA (November 2, 2011) – On November 2, 2011 the Hydrolift Vertebral Body Replacement (VBR) System was awarded as a Best New Spine Technology for Thoracolumbar Care for 2011 by Orthopedics This Week, a weekly publication delivering product, industry, surgeon and regulatory news to the Orthopaedics industry. The Best New Spine Technology Awards are awarded annually to ten inventors, engineering teams, surgeons and their companies who create the most innovative, enduring and practical spine products during the year.
To win this award Hydrolift was evaluated by a panel of Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons based on the following criteria: the product must be considered creative and innovative, have long-term significance to the problem of treating diseases of the spine, solve a current clinical problem and have the potential to improve standard of care and provide value. The Hydrolift VBR System received this honor due to its distinguishing benefits over other VBR systems. It is the first and only VBR that uses hydrostatic pressure to expand and maintain distrac¬tion of the disc space. Other expandable cages use a screw mechanism or ratchet style mechanical approach to achieve distraction, resulting in a high cross sectional area and therefore excess bone removal while performing the corpectomy. Since Hydrolift uses hydrostatic pressure and an exter¬nal hydraulic pump, surgeons can preserve more of the patient’s host bone. Finally, the Hydrolift incorporates a failsafe mechanism in the hydraulic pump, which limits the amount of pressure available to minimize or prevent endplate damage.
Robin Young, publisher of Orthopedics This Week, presented the award to Chuck DiNardo, President-CEO, Larry Rubens, Vice President of Sales – AIS, Ira Benson, Vice President of Spine Marketing, Jeffrey Cole, Spine Marketing Director and Gordon Young, Senior Product Manager at the Aesculap Implant Systems booth during the National Association of Spine Surgeons (NASS) Annual Meeting.
Special thanks on this exemplary product goes to the Aesculap engineering team and inventors in Tuttlingen, Germany, Professor Dr. R. Beisse, Dr. Potulski, Stephen Lindner and Jens Beger.
For complete details about the Hydrolift product visit www.AesculapImplantSystems.com/Spine.
For complete details about the Spine Technology Awards visit Orthopedics This Week.
Project Manager – Corporate Communications
Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC