SmArtCage-L is a bean (or banana) shaped fusion cage made of
This is a lumbar cage used for interbody
fusion. A single cage with one-sided approach (TLIF: Transforaminal
lumbar interbody fusion) is enough.
What are the pros and cons?
The information provided by the company: "Inserted
through a transforaminal approach, this cage is automatically
reoriented inside the disc space using an ergonomic holder. The
expansion feature allows insertion even in the most collapsed spaces
where conventional TLIF may not be considered. Minimizes Dural
Exposure: Reduces iatrogenic neurologic lesion risk due to excessive
root traction risk due to excessive root traction. For revision
surgery, avoid dissection of epidural scar. Minimizes dural tears and
symptomatic epidural fibrosis. Unique Expansion Feature: One step cage
insertion and expansion, even in severely collapsed disc spaces and
controlled bone graft transfer to opposite side. Anatomic Biconvex
Shape: A single expansion and insertion tool uniquely engineered to
precisely guide and reorient throughout the 80° spanned during
insertion. This unique holder is designed to perfectly position the
cage in the disc space."