Medtronic Launches Products in Minimally Invasive OLIF Platform

By Julie A. Vetalice

Medtronic (MDT) launched the Pivox™ Oblique Lateral Spinal System with Lateral Plate for OLIF25™ and Divergence-L™ Anterior/Oblique Lumbar Fusion System for OLIF51™.

The Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion (OLIF) technique is intended to minimize the cutting of muscles and employs an oblique-lateral trajectory to access multiple levels of the lumbar spine. In addition, and in comparison to traditional approaches, OLIF25 and OLIF51 procedures use direct visualization to ensure an approach to the disc space that is free from obstructions.

In 4Q15, MDT announced FDA approval of INFUSE Bone Graft for indications of oblique lateral and anterior lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF and ALIF, respectively). OLIF was cited among the company's spinal procedures slated for launch from FY17 through FY20, as announced during Analyst Day.

Sources: Medtronic plc, ORTHOWORLD Inc.