Medical technology company Medtronic has introduced Divergence Anterior Cervical Fusion System in the US, which was developed to treat single-level cervical disc disease.

The plate and interbody cage can be inserted simultaneously using a common set of instrumentation and one surgical technique, with the Divergence System.

Medtronic spinal business president and senior vice-president Doug King said: "The introduction of the Divergence Anterior Cervical Fusion System demonstrates Medtronic’s commitment to improving how spinal fusions are performed around the world.

"Physicians and patients will benefit from having access to these low-profile implants and an insertion technique that makes the ACDF procedure more efficient for the surgeon and less invasive for the patient."

According to the company, the system integrates laterally-divergent screw insertion technique, which needs less retraction compared to the traditional medially-convergent screw insertion techniques used with other anterior cervical plating systems.

The Divergence anterior cervical plate and bone screw components are indicated for anterior interbody screw fixation from C2-T1, while the Divergence Anterior Cervical Cage component is intended for anterior cervical interbody fusion procedures in skeletally mature patients with cervical disc disease at one level from the C2-C3 disc to the C7-T1 disc.