Spinal & Biologics

Our Spine business is developing many of the new standards of care in spinal and musculoskeletal therapies. We collaborate with world-renowned surgeons, researchers, and innovative partners to offer a broad range of state-of-the-art products and technologies that return patients to normal active lives more quickly, and treat a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopedic, and spinal conditions.

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Medtronic artificial cervical disc

Artificial Cervical Discs*

An artificial disc is a prosthetic device inserted between the vertebrae to replace a natural spinal disc. It is designed to preserve mobility throughout the treated vertebral segment.

Balloon Kyphoplasty*

Medtronic balloon kyphoplasty

This procedure offers a minimally invasive procedure for repairing vertebral compression fractures in the spine caused by osteoporosis or cancer. The procedure utilizes balloons designed to restore the vertebral body height. Bone cement is inserted into the vertebral body to stabilize the fracture.



Together with Wyeth Farmaceuticals, Medtronic offers a surgically implantable medicine as part of our biologics platform. This medicine has been developed to initiate bone growth in a specific, targeted area.

Interspinous Spacer Implants*

Medtronic interspinous spacer implant

These implants are designed to keep the space between the spinous processes (specific sections of vertebrae) open, so that when the person stands upright, the nerves in the back will not be pinched or cause pain.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery*

Medtronic Minimal Access Spine Technologies

Minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through smaller incisions than traditional open surgery and may lead to decreased muscle trauma1. Minimally invasive surgery can be percutaneous (through the skin) or mini-open (operating through a small incision), and can be used to treat all areas of the spine.

Reconstructive Spinal Systems*

Medtronic Reconstructive Spinal Systems

Reconstructive spinal systems include screws, rods, and connectors that are implanted along the affected area of the spine to provide support for a spinal fusion. A spinal fusion is simply the uniting of two bony segments, whether a fracture or a vertebral joint. The instrumentation acts as an “internal cast” to stabilize the vertebra until the fusion, or bony re-growth, can occur.


  1. Sasaoka, et al. Objective assessment of reduced invasiveness in MED compared with conventional one-level laminotomy. European Spine Journal. 15: 577-582, 2006.


*For a listing of indications, contraindications, precautions, warnings, and potential adverse events, please refer to the Instructions for Use.


Last updated: 10 Jun 2014

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