Ellipse Technologies, Inc., a global medical device company, announced
today that for the first time since gaining FDA 510(k) Clearance, the
MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) Spinal Bracing and Distraction System
was successfully implanted in a young patient with progressive spinal
deformity by Drs. Patrick J. Cahill and Harold van Bosse at Shriners
Hospitals for Children® - Philadelphia last week.
The MAGEC system was cleared by the FDA on February 27th for use in
skeletally immature patients less than 10 years of age with severe
spinal deformities associated with, or at risk of, Thoracic
Used as an alternative to traditional growing rods which require
repeated lengthening surgeries throughout the child's growing years, the
MAGEC system provides a revolutionary alternative to this emotionally
and physically painful treatment regimen. The non-invasive lengthening
procedure eliminates the need for repeated lengthening surgeries
resulting in significant health, psychological and socioeconomic
benefits for the patients and their families.
"The MAGEC system is a game changer in early onset coliosis care," said
Dr, Cahill, regarding the historic case. "I expect that it will decrease
the number of surgeries these young patients have to undergo. The
decrease in surgeries will translate into decreased complication rates
To date, the MAGEC system has been used by more than 150 surgeons in 24
countries in the surgical treatment of more than 750 children. In
addition, the first two cases in the United States prior to the FDA
clearance were performed, under the FDA's compassionate use provision,
in May of 2013 by pediatric deformity surgeon, Dr. Behrooz A. Akbarnia.
About Ellipse TechnologiesEllipse Technologies, Inc. is a
privately-held medical device company located in Irvine, California. The
Company is dedicated to the design, development, and commercialization
of its evolving proprietary technology platform for orthopedic and
spinal applications. This technology enables precisely controlled,
non-invasive post-operative adjustment of implants allowing surgeons to
better address a range of clinical needs. In addition to the MAGEC®
system, Ellipse markets the PRECICE® limb lengthening system.
Ellipse is developing additional products to significantly improve
clinical outcomes in a variety of applications through its collaboration
with surgeon thought leaders. For more information, visit www.ellipse-tech.com.
About Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenShriners Hospitals for
Children is changing lives every day through innovative
pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical
education. Our 22 facilities, located in the United States, Canada and
Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions,
burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Shriners
Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies
on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the
fullest extent permitted by law.
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