ApiFix: Start-Up of the Week (Haaretz)

Startup invents ratchet to correct adolescent scoliosis

Rather than high-risk 6-hour operation leaving rigid spine, Apifix says its minimally invasive device leaves the backbone flexible.
By Ruth Schuster, Haaretz

Moderate adolescent scoliosis can be corrected through a long, high-risk operation that leaves up to 24 bolts in one’s spine. Or it could be improved using a ratcheting device implanted through minimally invasive surgery invented by an Israeli startup.

Moreover, unlike the conventional surgical solution, the ApiFix device retains the spine’s flexibility, says company co-founder and CEO Uri Arnin.

Treatments for curvature of the spine involve either a brace, for mild conditions — which doesn’t cure the condition, but can stop it from worsening — or surgery. The standard operation implants up to two dozen bolts, which attach rods to the vertebrae to line them up.

The ApiFix device involves implanting two pedicle screws connected to a ratchet mechanism, that is activated by specific spinal exercises.

Read the full article on Haaretz.

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