K2M Inc., based in Leesburg, Va., has launched its Mesa spinal systems and Serengeti minimally invasive retractor systems in Italy. The company focuses on technology for the treatment of complex spinal pathologies and minimally invasive procedures.
The top-loading Mesa spinal systems feature the company’s Zero-Torque Technology, which is designed to apply zero torsional loads, or twisting forces, to the spine when locking the screw. The systems offer a variety of screw types and can reportedly address difficult correction maneuvers, while providing the surgeon the ability to lock with one step.
The Serengeti systems consist of a flexible polymer retractor, which the company claims provides direct visualization and access to the screw heads to allow for simplified rod insertion. The retractor is inserted with the screw, intended to enable one-step, percutaneous placement of the implants.
“The innovative Mesa and Serengeti systems allow surgeons increased flexibility in their intraoperative decision-making, meeting a wide range of current unmet needs in spinal surgeries,” said Stefano Boriani, M.D., director of the Department of Oncologic and Degenerative Spine Surgery at the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in Bologna, Italy. “The availability of new technologies for surgeons presents significant short and long term advantages to Italian patients.”
K2M recently has been making strides in European market share, expanding its Rail 4D technology in Denmark, Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, and Ireland, and the introduction of its minimally invasive portfolio in Germany and other countries in which German is widely spoken.
“The Italian launch of Mesa and Serengeti marks another important milestone in K2M’s mission to be the global spine market leader,” said Eric Major, K2M’s president and CEO. “We look forward to bringing K2M’s full portfolio of breakthrough products to Italy, as it is critical to our commitment to patient care around the world.”