Design, development and marketer of products for surgical treatment of spine disorders company NuVasive has introduced its Precept system in Japan, treating the first patients with posterior fixation system.
The Precept system consists of a variety of polyaxial screws, reduction screws, offset connectors, rods, locking nuts, and transverse connectors.
The implant components can be rigidly locked into a variety of different configurations to suit the individual pathology and anatomical conditions of the patient.
Surgeon proctors, who will instruct upcoming Precept training courses, have started to schedule surgeries now that the new system is available.
In July, NuVasive obtained the Shonin approval for Precept system, which is a part of company's Precept line of minimally disruptive posterior fixation solutions.
NuVasive chairman and CEO Alex Lukianov said the company has its sights set on changing spine surgery and improving patient outcomes in Japan.
"With the approval and launch of Precept, we can introduce Japanese surgeons to additional innovation within our comprehensive portfolio of procedurally integrated spine solutions," Lukianov said.
According to the company, Precept is a highly differentiated solution with advanced guide technology, superior rod insertion options, and multiple reduction capabilities.
It offers ease-of-use, in addition to advanced compression/distraction systems and efficient instrumentation that can result in better patient outcomes.
NuVasive executive vice-president of international Russell Powers said: "The initial reception in Japan has been fantastic, and I applaud all of the NuVasive teams who worked diligently to achieve this milestone."
In April, the company officially opened office in Tokyo, Japan, which is headed by Takaaki Tanaka, NuVasive executive vice-president of Asia Pacific.
According to GlobalData estimates, pedicle screw systems market in Japan was valued at $337.8m in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.1% to reach $662m by 2019.
Image: The Precept system. Photo: courtesy of Marketwire.