Drs. Michael Kachmann and Zachary Tempel from Mayfield Brain & Spine in Ohio, and Dr. Paul Holman from Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas performed the procedures. In the case of the Ohio doctors, it was an extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) that took place at TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.
Pulse involves the integration of multiple technologies into one platform: radiation reduction, imaging enhancement, rod bending, navigation, intraoperative neuromonitoring and spinal alignment tools. It is also able to work alongside Siemens Healthineers’ 3D mobile C-arm, the Cios Spin.
Pulse represents San Diego–based NuVasive’s answer to the rise of digital and robotic surgery offerings in the spine space, including Medtronic’s Mazor robotic systems.
“We have spent years waiting for a spine technology platform like Pulse,” Kachmann said in a news release. “The ability for multiple surgical applications to exist in a single platform and provide integrated feedback on our surgical approach from one screen was unlike anything I’ve ever utilized in spine surgery. It was incredible to see the improvements in accuracy and efficiency throughout the procedure compared to other available technologies.”
Pulse received its latest FDA clearance and CE mark certification this past summer.