US-based medical device company, SurGenTec has completed the initial clinical launch of its new GraftGun bone graft delivery system combined with ViBone viable bone matrix prefilled tubes.

An evaluation of the combined products had focused on the Minimally Invasive Spine (MIS) surgery field.

SurGenTec makes the GraftGun bone graft delivery system (GDS), while Aziyo manufactures ViBone, a next-generation viable bone graft intended to perform more like a good quality autograft.

“The GraftGun MIS system prefilled with ViBone has been used in various procedures including total joint revisions, Charcot joint procedures, tibial plateau fractures and spinal fusion.”

Earlier this year, the two companies teamed up to launch the first preloaded MIS viable bone matrix cartridges for orthopaedic and spine surgical procedures.

SurGenTec chief executive officer Travis Greenhalgh said: “The primary goal of our partnership with Aziyo is to provide surgeons with a high-quality viable bone matrix product with shorter thaw times and no mix requirements while also eliminating the need for a cumbersome funnel-based fill process.

“We are thrilled with the feedback from the initial clinical experience of surgeons and operating room staff, which has been overwhelmingly positive. Our goal is to now expand promotion and usage of the combined products into more regions within the US.”

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Arizona-based Desert Spine Institute MD Shawn Hermenau said: “The GraftGun MIS system with ViBone allows me to access collapsed disc spaces and confidently deliver the quantity of bone graft to actually fill the entire disc space. The prefilled ViBone cartridges definitely add to efficiency in the OR.”

The GraftGun MIS system prefilled with ViBone has been used in various procedures, including total joint revisions, Charcot joint procedures, tibial plateau fractures and spinal fusion.

For ease of use, after the thawing of the prefilled ViBone MIS cartridges for two minutes,  they can be connected to the GraftGun.

ViBone can be directly delivered to the surgical site with precision and control in the operating room, thereby reducing any scope for surgical site contamination. Surgeons can also opt for a variety of tip options to access tight spaces.

GraftGun is intended for quick and accurate bone graft delivery to a surgical location without the hassles of a traditional funnel.  Featuring a patented, controlled release method, GraftGun can safely dispense bone graft with sufficient pressure in order to fill any bone void during surgical procedures.

The GraftGun GDS comes with SurGenTec’s loading device technology, which enables surgeons to opt for a bone graft as per their requirement.

A next-generation viable bone matrix, ViBone is intended to perform more like a quality autograft. It protects the tissue environment with less disruption.