Novel device targets facet pain due to degeneration, without spinal fusion
MINNETONKA, Minn. – March 4, 2015 – Zyga Technology, Inc., a medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of minimally invasive products that treat underserved conditions of the lumbar spine, today announced the first implantation of the Glyder Facet Restoration Device in Cyprus. The device was implanted to address new-onset facet joint pain in a patient with a previous total disc replacement (TDR).
“The ability to preserve motion in patients who have benefitted from a disc prosthesis, or total disc replacement, but suffer from facetogenic pain, is very exciting,” said Dr. Antoine Tohmeh, who performed the surgery at the Cyprus based American Institute of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (AIMIS). “Following a TDR, a significant number of patients may experience facet joint degeneration. The Glyder device enables me to provide long-term relief of facet pain without the need for fusion.”
The origin of chronic low back pain can be traced to the facet joints in approximately 31 percent of cases. Each year, a growing number of TDR procedures is performed, with approximately 20 percent of patients developing facet joint degeneration. For many patients, steroid injections or denervation provide facet pain relief; but when these treatments fail to provide relief, the only option is fusion.
“The Glyder device was designed to provide motion-preserving pain relief,” said Jim Bullock, president and CEO of Zyga Technology. “Its ability to address the specific pain generator, without sacrificing surrounding anatomy or previous therapeutic successes, holds great potential for physicians and patients dealing with lumbar pain.”
About the Glyder Facet Restoration Device
The Glyder Facet Restoration Device is intended to provide relief from lumbar facet pain, restoring facet joint function while preserving native anatomy. The non-fusion, minimally invasive solution is designed to allow device implantation without sacrificing future treatment options—a new step in the care continuum for chronic lumbar facet pain. The company is currently sponsoring a 20-patient, five-site feasibility study of the Glyder technology in the United States.
About Zyga Technology, Inc.
Zyga Technology, Inc. is dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of solutions that provide empirical clinical and economic value in the treatment of underserved conditions of the spine. The company is marketing the SImmetry® Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System, a minimally invasive procedure intended for conditions including sacroiliac joint disruptions and degenerative sacroiliitis, and recently received CE Marking for the Glyder Facet Restoration Device, a non-fusion, minimally invasive technology intended to provide relief from lumbar facet pain. For more information, visit zyga.com.
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