US based manufacturer Globus Medical has introduced RISE-L, a lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) device, which expands the firm's portfolio of expandable spacers.
The LLIF procedure, approaching the spine from the side of the patient, allows for a larger implant footprint, and is less disruptive to lower back muscles as compared other approaches, which may result in less blood loss and faster recovery.
RISE-L is a vertically expanding LLIF device designed to minimize impaction, maximize indirect decompression, and provide a large graft space optimal for fusion potential.
The all-titanium implant is designed for up to 7mm of continuous in situ expansion and to provide restorative disc height with proper anatomical fit.
Available in multiple sizes, in parallel or lordotic profiles, RISE-L provides options for surgeons to address proper sagittal balance. A large single graft chamber can be filled with autogenous bone graft material after insertion and expansion to ensure even contact with both vertebral endplates.
Globus Medical Product Development senior vice president Andrew Iott said: "Over the last four years we have continued to build upon our unmatched family of expandable spacers, and I am proud of our product development team with the launch of RISE-L.
"This new lateral cage eliminates the need to forcefully impact the cage into the disc space. Our expansion technology allows the RISE-L cage to be placed in compact form, and expanded for optimal fit, and also includes a large port for easy graft delivery once expanded."
Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates Spinal Neurosurgeon Kevin S. Cahill said: "Having used RISE-L, I am encouraged by the results in my patients. This novel expandable cage addresses many issues with lumbar fusion devices on the market today.
"With all the benefits of the lateral approach as well as gentle cage insertion, in situ expandability, and robust lordotic options, RISE-L offers a customized fit and less endplate disturbance.
"The implant has a graft chamber that is comparable to non-expandable cages as well as a large backfilling port for inserting additional graft material after expansion. RISE-L is the most elegant solution for lateral interbody fusion on the market."
Globus Medical has steadily innovated its lateral platform starting with the PATRIOT TransContinental LLIF cage over six years ago by bringing to market several advanced treatment options including the CALIBER-L expandable cage, InterContinental® plate-spacer, and PLYMOUTH lateral plate. Each product can be used in conjunction with Globus Medical’s MARS and MARS 3V retractors.