In our technology spotlight for this week, we are taking a closer look at the MESA Spinal System by K2M, Inc. This “Low-Profile Spinal System featuring Zero Torque Technology” claims to decrease tissue irritation and the time needed for the operative procedure.
The MESA product is a stabilizing screw technology that is easier on the body as it applies no torque to the spine, creating less stress on the soft tissue surrounding the spinal cord. The screws used are currently the smallest on the market, creating less overall impact and the small amount of needed parts makes it comparably easy to use. The carefully designed instruments are said to give surgeons “enhanced intra-operative versatility”.
Spinal stabilization technology has come a long way since the days of the Luque ring systems. These unwieldy apparatus could often left the patient with both sever and painful spinal problems. These ring implants were basically retired once pedicle screw fixation systems were developed. Initially nerve and muscle damage was a common side effect, but with the new and improved technology such as with the MESA system, these side effects were significantly reduced.
While the technology involved in stabilizing your spine may seem complicated, it’s important to know what your doctor is using so that you can research it and find out what negatives, if any, to be prepared for. This is only one system, and there are many available. Make sure to check out your options before finalizing your decision.