SpineGuard: Taming Of The Screw
Much of the innovation in spine over the past decade has aimed at replacing fusion, the standard of care. SpineGuard’s novel sensor technology is betting on fusion’s long-term prospects, helping patients and surgeons by making the procedure safer.
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