Globus Medical Launches Cement Augmented Pedicle Screw System

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AUDUBON, Pa., June 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globus Medical, Inc. (NYSE:GMED), a leading musculoskeletal solutions company, today announced the launch of the CREO® Fenestrated Screw System used in the treatment of patients with advanced stage tumors of the thoracolumbar spine. CREO® fenestrated screws, when augmented with the company’s FORTRESS™ radiopaque bone cement, are designed to restore the structural integrity of the spine at vertebral levels affected by metastatic bone disease.

The spine is one of the most common locations for skeletal metastases, accounting for approximately 10% of new cancer diagnoses annually.  Advanced stage spinal tumors can result in compression of the spinal cord, pain, fracture, mechanical instability, and neurological deficit.  Surgical treatments involving pedicle screw fixation are challenging due to the compromised bone in this patient population. 

“Patients with advanced stage tumors may require cement reinforcement due to compromised bone quality,” said Dr. Edwin Ramos, neurosurgeon at The University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences.  “The CREO® system allows for cement augmentation after screw placement which integrates seamlessly with a traditional MIS or open pedicle screw technique. This affords a controlled cement delivery and increased stability to help prevent screw loosening that can occur in tumor patients.”

The CREO® Fenestrated Screw System is available with threaded, non-threaded, and MIS screw head options to accommodate surgeon preferences for complex tumor procedures.  The screws are cannulated with a series of fenestrations along the shank for targeted cement dispersion, and rigidly attach to specialized instruments for controlled cement delivery.

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When used for posterior fixation in conjunction with FORTRESS™ or FORTRESS™-Plus bone cement, the CREO® Fenestrated Screw System is intended to restore the integrity of the spinal column even in the absence of fusion for a limited time period in patients with advanced stage tumors involving the thoracic and lumbar spine in whom life expectancy is of insufficient duration to permit the achievement of fusion.  CREO® Fenestrated screws augmented with FORTRESS™ and FORTRESS™-Plus bone cement are for use at spinal levels where the structural integrity of the spine is not severely compromised.

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Globe Newswire: 21:15 GMT Wednesday 13th June 2018

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