We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies. Cookie Policy.

Features Partner Sites Information LinkXpress
Sign In
Advertise with Us

Download Mobile App


ATTENTION: Due to the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, many events are being rescheduled for a later date, converted into virtual venues, or altogether cancelled. Please check with the event organizer or website prior to planning for any forthcoming event.

Patient-Powered Smart Implants Improve Spinal Fusion Outcomes

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 04 May 2023
Print article
Image: DirectSync’s patient-powered smart spinal fusion device has received US FDA Breakthrough Device Designation (Photo courtesy of DirectSync)
Image: DirectSync’s patient-powered smart spinal fusion device has received US FDA Breakthrough Device Designation (Photo courtesy of DirectSync)

Smart implants are poised to transform the way spine and orthopedic surgeons treat patients. The concept of powering implantable sensors and promoting bone healing through human motion alone, without batteries or external stimulators, is nothing short of revolutionary. Now, a new generation of human-powered smart implants could enhance the body's natural healing abilities and provide unprecedented post-operative implant data for both physicians and patients.

DirectSync Surgical (Lawrence, KS, USA) is developing the first-ever patient-powered smart implant, which minimizes the need for continuous powering and remote monitoring of the device. As the patient goes about their daily activities, the DirectSync interbody actively provides targeted mechanically synced electrical stimulation for enhanced bone healing and post-operative data collection. This information helps to refine and optimize the treatment plan between the physician and patient.

DirectSync harnesses the human body's mechanical biofeedback system to create fully integrated smart implants that sense load and electrically stimulate bone growth at the primary implantation site, eliminating the need for batteries or external stimulators. The company's proprietary technology replicates the natural healing properties of bone by producing a small pulse of DC electrical stimulation in sync with each step the patient takes. This core innovation has applications across multiple load-bearing orthopedic implants.

DirectSync's patient-powered smart spinal fusion device delivers localized electrical stimulation and offers post-operative diagnostics to achieve fusion more effectively for patients requiring spinal fusion. The product could provide a more effective treatment for irreversibly debilitating conditions compared to the current standard of care. The US Food and Drug Administration has granted Breakthrough Device Designation to DirectSync's patient-powered smart spinal fusion device. To meet the designation criteria, the FDA reviewed the company's preliminary data and determined that the DirectSync Surgical interbody device may offer a more effective treatment for irreversibly debilitating conditions than the current standard of care.

"Today's announcement is an important milestone for DirectSync Surgical and highlights the urgent need to improve spinal fusion outcomes while empowering physicians and their patients with a more robust post-operative continuum of care," said Zygmunt Porada, CEO of DirectSync Surgical. “Obtaining breakthrough designation from FDA indicates our technology will significantly improve the standard of care and provide more timely access to patients and health care providers.”

Related Links:
DirectSync Surgical 

Platinum Supplier
STI Test
Vivalytic Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Array
Silver Supplier
Patient Simulator
PatSim 200
Gynecological Examination & Treatment Chair
Lesion Tracking Application
Sectra Lesion Tracking

Print article
FIME - Informa



view channel
Image: The AI tool can also tackle dangerous inequalities in heart attack diagnosis (Photo courtesy of Freepik)

AI Algorithm Integrates Cardiac Troponin Test Results with Clinical Data to Quickly Rule out Heart Attacks in Patients

The accepted standard for diagnosing myocardial infarction, or heart attack, involves assessing the blood for troponin levels. However, this approach applies the same benchmark for all patients, failing... Read more

Critical Care

view channel
Image: Chest e-tattoo boasts major improvements in heart monitoring (Photo courtesy of UT)

Chest E-Tattoo for Continuous, Mobile Heart Monitoring Could Catch Cardiovascular Diseases Early

Most heart-related ailments are insidious in nature, damaging health quietly and unnoticed. Continuous, at-home mobile monitoring can lead to early diagnosis and treatment, potentially preventing up to... Read more

Health IT

view channel
Image: First ever institution-specific model provides significant performance advantage over current population-derived models (Photo courtesy of Mount Sinai)

Machine Learning Model Improves Mortality Risk Prediction for Cardiac Surgery Patients

Machine learning algorithms have been deployed to create predictive models in various medical fields, with some demonstrating improved outcomes compared to their standard-of-care counterparts.... Read more

Point of Care

view channel
Image: VCM viscoelastic testing instrument provides rapid, real-time hemostasis assessment at POC (Photo courtesy of Entegrion)

Next Gen Viscoelastic Coagulation Monitor Enables Rapid Hemostasis Assessment at Patient Side

The use of viscoelastic coagulation testing is on the rise for various applications such as trauma, surgery, obstetrics, major disease management, and more. It provides crucial information not obtained... Read more
Copyright © 2000-2023 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.