Life Spine has received clearance from the FDA to market the Longbow titanium lateral expandable spacer system. A press release reports that system is available in lengths ranging from 45mm to 60mm, heights from 9mm to 15mm, 0 degrees and 7 degrees lordotic options and widths that expand from 15mm to 27mm anterior to posterior. Additionally, according to the press release, Longbow can be post-packed after expansion in-situ with up to 11cc of graft to fill the implant and features Life Spine’s proprietary Osseo-Loc surface technology.

Rich Mueller, chief operating officer for Life Spine, says: “We are thrilled to be releasing a titanium version of the first to market Longbow expandable lateral spacer system, which was designed to accomplish previously unmet surgical goals. The spacer is able to achieve up to 12mm of anterior to posterior expansion allowing for a contracted insertion size of 15mm, but once expanded can boast a footprint closer to that of an anterior lumbar interbody fusion spacer as opposed to a traditional lateral spacer.”

The system is supported by Life Spine’s portfolio of lateral solutions including the Centric plier style retractor system, lateral disc prep instruments and the Sentry lateral plating systems. The press release reports that Life Spine is dedicated to improving the quality of life for spinal patients by increasing procedural efficiency and efficacy through innovative design, uncompromising quality standards, and the most technologically advanced manufacturing platforms.