NuVasive announced limited availability of the new Precice® Plate for limb lengthening and reconstruction procedures from NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics. The Precice Plate addresses pediatric applications or patients with small anatomy who cannot accommodate a lengthening device that is traditionally implanted within the patient's bone.
Full U.S. and Europe launch is slated for early 2021.
The system expands the Precice portfolio of non-invasively adjustable implants. With locking plate technology, the plate affixes to the outside of the bone to avoid potential damage to the growth plate. A programmable external remote controller magnetically couples with the plate through the skin to perform micro adjustments.
Over several months from home, the patient follows a custom lengthening schedule to gradually distract the plate, stretching newly forming bone to a targeted length. Once the desired length is achieved, the plate is removed.
"By expanding the application of our remote-controlled implants, NSO has delivered a superior treatment option that elevates the standard of care for pediatric patients with limb length discrepancy," said Rob Martin, general manager of NSO. "With a less invasive treatment protocol and at-home precision lengthening, the availability of the Precice Plate directly reflects NuVasive's commitment to grow its proprietary technology in previously underserved markets and deliver better patient outcomes. Together with our team of design surgeons, we celebrate a significant milestone of advancing pediatric care."