K2M Releases New Spine Retractor
K2M Inc., a spinal device company based in Leesburg, Va., has introduced the Serengeti Complex Spine Minimally Invasive Retractor System. The company is touting the system’s ability to address deformity, trauma, and tumors, while promoting tissue preservation.
The device’s instrumentation is designed to perform complex reduction, controlled manipulation, and above-skin compression and distraction without compromising the option for direct visualization, K2M claims. The system reportedly provides the ability to attach and remove the minimally invasive reduction tunnels intraoperatively, combining the benefits of a traditional rigid system with the benefits of the flexible, polymer Serengeti retractor.
“Spinal surgery, from the simplest to the most complex procedures, is dynamic and can change mid-course,” said Steven M. DeLuca, D.O., M.S., orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. “Serengeti Complex Spine allows for on-the-spot decision making, providing surgeons the option to attach or remove the reduction tunnels in-situ.”
Serengeti features a screw-based method of retraction, allowing for a fixed position to the anatomy. This simplified design allows for one-step, percutaneous placement of the screw and retractor, providing improved access for rod introduction, according to K2M officials.
“This important advancement of our already well received Serengeti Minimally Invasive Retractor System serves as the intersection of our innovation efforts by combining our core competency in deformity with our award-winning minimally invasive technology,” said Eric Major, K2M’s president and CEO. “Serengeti Complex Spine stands up to the challenge of addressing complex pathologies within a less invasive environment, resulting in more options for surgeons with the ultimate objective of improved outcomes for their patients.”
K2M provides medical devices for the treatment of deformity, degenerative, trauma and spinal tumors.
Picture of Serengeti system courtesy of K2M.