Stryker's Interventional Spine business unit has released iVAS inflatable vertebral augmentation system, a minimally invasive device cleared for use in treating vertebral compression fractures (VCFs). The new device allows physicians to customize their treatment approach for VCFs.
With Stryker’s introduction of iVAS, physicians have a single source for VCF solutions. The device is part of a portfolio of mixer and delivery systems, bone cements and needles for both vertebral augmentation (also known as balloon kyphoplasty) and vertebroplasty, widely used to treat the intense pain caused by VCFs.
During vertebral augmentation, a balloon catheter is used to create a void in the collapsed vertebra, helping to allow for controlled and contained cement delivery. The hardened cement creates an internal cast that stabilizes the fracture, thereby alleviating pain in approximately 90% of patients.
Stryker said that it should also be noted that because vertebral augmentation and vertebroplasty relieve VCF-related pain and improve quality of life, the procedures have the potential to decrease overall VCF treatment costs by reducing use of post-treatment medical resources.
iVAS is designed with five key features that help promote enhanced procedure efficiency and outcomes which include: The stiff distal balloon catheter provides rigidity for smooth insertion; A flexible proximal catheter allows for easy maneuverability; The radiopaque markers on the balloon catheter helps facilitate accurate visualization and placement of the balloon; The hand drill cuts cleanly through cancellous bone to create a channel for balloon placement; Graduation markings on the access cannula assist in measuring needle depth.
Additionally, Stryker’s portfolio of VCF solutions is specifically made to work seamlessly together for ease of use and increased control, helping to streamline procedure workflow.
David Veino, director of sales and marketing at Stryker Interventional Spine, said: “Every spine is unique and every fracture is different, that’s why we’ve invested in developing the largest, most complete portfolio of products for treating VCFs. Stryker offers solutions for both vertebral augmentation and vertebroplasty procedures, giving physicians the flexibility to customize their treatment approach based on the type of compression fracture and patient anatomy.”