OsteoMed Spine’s PrimaLIF is a lateral interbody fusion system that literally turns traditional lateral access inside out. Controlled dilation from inside the PrimaLIF retractor allows superb nerve protection while minimizing tissue disruption during spinal fusion and similar surgical processes.
Design, Implementation, Visualization
From start to finish, the OsteoMed PrimaLIF surgical technique targets the problems surgeons typically face in spinal fusion with lateral access. To access the lateral spine, surgeons must conventionally dilate the access space before the retractor is inserted. Soft tissue and related nerves are thus exposed to multiple dilation tubes as well as retractor blades, culminating in numerous passes into the wound and increased potential for nerve complications when these instruments are inserted during the procedure.
PrimaLIF is designed for one simple insertion, with subsequent dilation within the retractor itself. Retractor blades insert as one single assembly and then radially dilate with high precision controlled by the surgeon. Sequential dilation from within protects tissue, psoas muscle and a range of exiting nerves from accidental damage.
At the same time, the instrument provides the surgeon with unprecedented visualization of the surgical area. The same technology that protects soft tissue and nerves from damage also safely expands the access channel to allow visual interaction and enhanced accessibility. Direct visualization, combined with minimal retraction, lets the surgeon focus on disc preparation and the insertion of necessary instrumentation, rather than on minimizing collateral damage to soft tissue.
Industry Recognized Innovation
This innovative design secured PrimaLIF a top spot among Orthopedics This Week’s Top 10 New Spine Technologies for 2013. Innovation, long-term significance, resolution of a real clinical problem, and improvements to the standard of care are all reasons technologies make it into the Top 10. PrimaLIF does all of this and more. In addition to this innovative improvement in retractor design, the PrimaLIF system includes a full set of disc preparation instruments, neuromonitoring components, illumination and a full complement of implant size options.
Lateral spinal fusion is often considered difficult or daunting, even by the most experienced surgeons. Access to the lateral spine becomes easier and safer with the unique construction and utility of the PrimaLIF. For more information on the Spine PrimaLIF LLIF or to find out about other OsteoMed products, call (888) 370-9997 or visit www.osteomed.com.