The Medicrea Group has launched its next-generation band connector technology for posterior thoracolumbar fixation in the US.
Featuring numerous improvements, LigaPASS 2.0 generation is cleared for use in adolescent idiopathic and neuromuscular scoliosis patients over the age of ten, apart from adults.
Designed to provide surgeons with a safe and efficient alternative solution to screws and hooks that allows translation and derotation of vertebral bodies, the system features an extended range of connectors and a band with a narrower malleable tip to allow for safer passage underneath the lamina.
In addition, the system has a dual-band option that allows surgeons to pass two bands underneath the lamina at once, saving considerable time during neuromuscular cases.
Children's Hospital of Orange County, US, Spina Bifida Clinic, Muscular Dystrophy Clinic and Spasticity Clinics paediatric orthopaedic surgeon and director Samuel Rosenfeld said: "For small osteopenic neuromuscular scoliosis patients, LigaPASS 2.0 provides an excellent alternative to pedicle screws without compromising fixation.
"With version 2.0, Medicrea has taken this band technology to another level, not only by improving the design and performance, but also by creating a full range of LigaPASS components that can address any AIS or neuromuscular case."
The LigaPASS 2.0 generation is universal, with every connector capable of being used with the most common rod diameters available on the market from 5.5mm to 6mm.
The range now includes two new connectors, namely LigaPASS LP that offers greater capabilities for operating on very difficult neuromuscular cases and young, small patients, and LigaPASS Open that can be inserted onto the rod of an already existing construct, offering placement versatility at any stage during the surgery.
More than 5,000 LigaPASS systems have been implanted worldwide in the last two years.