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SPOTLIGHT® PL Access System Debuts at NASS

DALLAS, TX –Oct. 24, 2012 – DePuy Synthes Spine announced the launch of the SPOTLIGHT® PL Access System, the first access system designed specifically for minimally invasive posterior-lateral fusion.

The announcement was made here at the North American Spine Society (NASS) 27th annual meeting, where the company is featuring its broad portfolio of minimally invasive and traditional spinal surgery solutions. The SPOTLIGHT PL Access System includes a comprehensive set of retractors of various lengths with integrated fiber optic lighting and decortication instruments, all of which are designed for use with the company's VIPER® 3D MIS Correction Set.

“This new retractor delivers the benefits of a minimally invasive approach to posterior lateral fusion.  SPOTLIGHT PL System provides excellent visibility and allows me to perform up to a four level posterior lateral fusion through only one incision,”  Amer Samdani, MD,* Shriners Hospitals for Children® in Philadelphia.

Posterior-lateral fusion, a procedure where surgeons place graft material along the sides of the vertebrae to stimulate bone growth and promote fusion, is used to treat conditions including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis and other complex spinal deformities.

"The SPOTLIGHT PL Access System will enable surgeons to provide patients with a less invasive alternative to traditional surgery," said Namal Nawana, Worldwide President, DePuy Synthes Spine. "We will continue to bring meaningful innovation to minimally invasive spine surgery with evidence-based procedural solutions that are intuitive, easy to adopt and have an ability to be integrated with proven technologies,"

About DePuy Synthes Spine

DePuy Synthes Spine has one of the largest and most diverse portfolios of products and services in spinal care and is a global leader in traditional and minimally invasive spine treatment. The company offers procedural solutions for the full spectrum of spinal disorders including adult and adolescent deformity, spinal stenosis, trauma and degenerative disc disease. DePuy Synthes Spine is part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, the largest provider of orthopaedic and neurological solutions in the world.

*Paid consultant to DePuy Synthes Spine

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