Medtronic launches integrated power console platform for spinal, cranial, and ENT surgery

12 January 2009

Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) has launched the Integrated Power Console (IPC) platform, its first multispecialty surgical power console for use in spinal, cranial, and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeries.

The console powers Medtronic’s Midas Rex Legend EHS and Legend EHS Stylus drills, used primarily in spinal and cranial applications, and the Straightshot M4 Microdebrider, Visao, and Skeeter drills used in ENT and neurotology procedures. The console also powers the newly released Midas Rex Spine Shaver, which enables powered tissue removal during spinal surgeries.

“The IPC platform goes a long way toward helping hospitals streamline their ORs,” said Bob Blankemeyer, president of the Surgical Technologies business and senior vice president at Medtronic. “It is our first, true cross-specialty power platform and represents a significant advancement from power consoles previously available in the neurologic, spine and ENT markets. The powered instruments we design in the coming years will be built to run on the IPC platform.”

To increase functionality, the console includes integrated irrigation with IntelliFlow remote control and redesigned tubing, plus expanded handpiece options. An intuitive touchscreen interface, IV-pole mount and the three-button non-slip foot pedal make the IPC system easy to use.

Along with the IPC platform, Medtronic launched the Stim Bur Guard for the Visao High-Speed Otologic Drill. Stim Bur technology works with Medtronic’s NIM-Response 2.0 and NIM-Neuro 2.0 intraoperative nerve monitors to alert surgeons of proximity to the facial nerve during surgery. Medtronic says it is the first commercially available surgical tool that combines an electric drill with stimulation.

The Spine Shaver offers an alternative to multi-instrument techniques for spinal surgery by allowing rapid, controlled tissue removal through a single entry point. This technology allows surgeons to reduce the number of passes into the surgical space, while the aspirating blade allows for rapid excision.

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