1.4 million people globally are affected by Vertebral Body Compression Fractures (VBCFs) every year, mainly caused by trauma, tumors or osteoporosis. This results in back pain by neural compression, vertebral collapse and loss of sagittal balance and posture. Vertebral Body Augmentation procedures improve pain control and stabilize the spine in patients suffering from VBCFs by restoring the lost vertebra body height.
Traditional procedures such as Vertebroplasty (first-generation) and Kypoplasty (second-generation) are not able to restore totally the vertebra height, and involve important risk factors such as bone cement leaks and the collapse of adjacent healthy levels. Due to this fact, a third generation of procedures using implants are being used to avoid the risks that could endanger the health of the patient.
Amber Implants is designing an expandable device intended to be used for the reduction and stabilization of VBCFs in the spine. The uniqueness of our design resides in three main points:
- The possibility of archiving 2.3 times more expansion than current devices thanks to the in-situ adjustment of the height and width;
- The use of titanium porous structure to faster osseointegration and patient mobilization; and
- To be able to secure the implant inside the vertebra without using bone cement.