SANTA CLARA, Calif., February 9, 2015 –Benvenue Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive solutions for spine repair, announced that the first spinal fusion patient in the US has been treated with the new minimally invasive Luna® 360 Interbody Fusion System. The surgery was performed at Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA by Sandeep Kunwar MD, FACS, a neurosurgeon at Washington Township Medical Foundation and an associate clinical professor of Neurological Surgery at UCSF.
“The Luna 360 is an important advancement in spinal fusion. Its ability to expand in three dimensions allows me to place a large, supporting spacer into the spine while utilizing a very small incision. This minimizes nerve retraction and allows patients to recover more quickly. Incorporating this elegant technology into our spine center is an example of our commitment to providing patients with access to the most advanced treatments available today.” said Dr. Kunwar.
Spinal fusion is a procedure that fuses, or joins, two or more vertebrae to treat low back pain from degenerated discs. One of the most common causes of low back pain, degenerated discs often cause symptoms of pain, and sometimes radiating weakness or numbness in the legs. The fusion is designed to eliminate motion in that fused segment of the spine, thereby decreasing or eliminating the back pain.
The Luna 360 is different from other spinal fusion devices and presents several benefits for both spine surgeons and patients:
•Luna 360 can be expanded after being placed within the disc space. This mitigates the need to impact a large spacer into the collapsed space, which can damage the vertebral body.
•Luna 360 is designed to be inserted in a linear, elongated state to minimize tissue retraction and protect the neural structures.
•Once positioned inside the disc, the implant expands in three dimensions to create a large footprint for stable fixation.
•Bone grafting is optimized, since graft material is placed into the implant after expansion.
“The Luna 360 Interbody Fusion System reflects Benvenue Medical’s commitment to developing technologies that improve patient outcomes in spinal repair,” said Robert Weigle, CEO of Benvenue Medical, Inc. “Washington Hospital’s early adoption of the Luna System demonstrates that hospitals and surgeons are actively seeking out less invasive treatment options for degenerative disc disease.”
About the Luna 360 Interbody Fusion System
The Luna 360 Interbody Fusion System is designed to provide the least minimally invasive approach to lumbar spinal fusion while providing spine surgeons control and flexibility in implantation. The Luna 360 System features a small profile PEEK implant designed to expand in three dimensions within the disc space, allowing surgeons to restore height via a posterior approach while providing the stable fixation of a larger construct more often associated with an anterior approach. After a discectomy is performed, the Luna 360 Implant is delivered through a small diameter cannula into the disc space and then expanded with the insertion of a middle section. When the cannula is removed, bone graft is placed in the middle of the implant and the implant is locked in place with a locking wire.
About Benvenue Medical, Inc.
Founded in 2004, Benvenue Medical, Inc. provides next generation minimally invasive systems for spine repair that combine expandable implants with novel delivery instruments to provide enduring functional benefits for patients. The company is privately held and funded by InterWest Partners, Versant Ventures, DeNovo Ventures, Domain Associates and Technology Partners. Its first products are designed for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures and degenerative disc disease, which have combined revenues of $9 billion globally. For more information, visit www.benvenuemedical.com.
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