DePuy Spine, Inc. has signed an agreement with Osseon Therapeutics, Inc. to market and distribute the Osseoflex™ Steerable Needle with DePuy Spine’s CONFIDENCE Spinal Cement System™. The CONFIDENCE System is a unique solution for the minimally invasive treatment of painful vertebral compression fractures, a condition that affects about 550,000 people each year. When used with the Osseoflex needle, the CONFIDENCE System enables precise placement of specially-formulated high viscosity spinal cement directly into channels or voids created within vertebral bodies by the needle. The Osseoflex needle may be navigated directly to the fracture after insertion through a unipedicular approach. The treatment goal is to stabilize fractures and reduce pain.
CONFIDENCE Spinal Cement achieves high viscosity immediately after mixing and stays at a constant high viscosity before curing, allowing for optimal working time. The high viscosity properties are designed to allow for interdigitation, preserving the remaining trabecular structure of the vertebral body. Its dough-like consistency provides a controlled, more even fill than low viscosity cement and may reduce the potential for leakage. The Osseoflex needle was launched by Osseon in 2009 and has been used in more than 1,000 vertebral body augmentation procedures.
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