LOW PROFILE CERVICAL CURETTE
Low profile cervical curette is a surgical instrument designed for patients that present with cervical spinal stenosis from herniated disc, ligament overgrowth or osteophytes causing spinal cord compression. The low profile cervical curette provides a simpler and more effective decompression of the posterior aspect of the cervical vertebral body (VB) when performing total disc replacement (TDR) and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). It may also be used less frequently in cases of posterior cervical foraminotomies.
Why you MUST use our Low Profile Cervical Curette?
A major advantage of LPCC is its ability to decompress the spinal canal behind the vertebral body caused by a disc herniation/extrusion or hypertrophied ligament by way of an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). This advantage eliminates the need for a cervical corpectomy (vertebrectomy) to access the spinal canal resulting in the following benefits:
Shortening of the operating time
Higher fusion rate via ACDF
Less likelihood of the epidural hematoma formation and the resultant cord compression
Avoidance of the additional posterior cervical stabilization seen in many of the corpectomy cases hence lowering the overall cost by reduction of the OR time and the additional hardware used
Avoidance of the post-operative cervical collar often used after cervical corpectomies but not ACDFs
The low profile tip allows it to be passed anterior to the thecal sac without concerns of spinal cord compression compared to commonly used up-angle curettes.
The angle of the tip is optimized to allow passing the curette behind the vertebral body without levering the instrument on the thecal sac.
The optimized length of the tip allows surgeons to reach areas previously inaccessible unless a partial corpectomy was performed up to as much as ¼ height of the VB.
The cutting surface is designed to effectively decompress any sequestered disc, hypertrophied posterior longitudinal ligament (PLL) or osteophytes behind the VB.
SIMPLE TO USE
The surgeon passes the instrument underneath or over the PLL to decompress the central canal behind the superior and inferior posterior endplates. The procedure is repeated as many times as the surgeon deems appropriate.
For gravity-displacement steam autoclave sterilization: 121 Centigrade (250 F) for 30 minutes with a 30 minutes drying time or follow the institution’s protocol for stainless steel instruments.