Invuity® Introduces Breiten® Illuminated Retractor System At North American Spine Society Annual Meeting

New System Offers Unsurpassed Visualization of Disc Space During Anterior Cervical Procedures


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 9, 2013) — Invuity®, a leading developer of advanced visualization devices to transform minimally invasive and minimal access surgeries, today introduced its Breiten® Illuminated Retractor System) at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting. Breiten combines highly engineered retraction devices with innovative Eigr™ Illumination Technology that projects thermally cool, brilliant, white light uniformly throughout the surgical cavity. Breiten is designed for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), anterior cervical corpectomy and other spinal procedures where visualization may be challenging.

“Traditional lighting sources are inadequate when operating through the smaller incisions used in the anterior approach to cervical discectomy, fusion and corpectomy,” said Richard D. Guyer, M.D., Past President of the North American Spine Society and Chairman of the Texas Back Institute Research Foundation. “Invuity’s Eigr Illumination Technology allows me to optimize my illumination for the individual patient and procedure, ensuring I have appropriate visualization of the surgical target and, therefore, the best outcomes for my patients.”

Better visualization has proven to increase surgical efficiency, reduce operating room time and lessen surgeon fatigue by eliminating or reducing dependence on a headlight.1 The thermally cool on-field and in-situ illumination provided by Eigr Illumination Technology also provides a safer surgical environment by virtually eliminating the thermal hazards associated with traditional fiber-optic lighting.1

“With the spine market continuing to grow significantly, we are committed to providing a portfolio of devices that help meet surgeons’ needs for improved visibility, thereby helping to enable a variety of less invasive procedures to be performed,” said Invuity Chief Executive Officer Philip Sawyer.

Breiten’s low profile design enables surgeons to work efficiently in deep, dark cavities through smaller incisions, without dependence on a headlight. The color-coded system is available in multiple blade configurations for varying patient anatomies and surgeon preferences and is radiolucent for maximum visibility during fluoroscopy.

The Breiten Illuminated Retractor System is an all-inclusive set optimally designed for cervical and lumbar spine surgeries and enables unsurpassed visualization of the disc space.

About Eigr™
Invuity’s Eigr Illumination Technology incorporates a proprietary optical waveguide with a complex geometry of integrated microstructures to shape illumination within the operative space. Eigr broadly projects thermally cool, brilliant, white light to uniformly illuminate deep surgical cavities, providing unsurpassed visualization while virtually eliminating shadows, glare and thermal hazards. Eigr Waveguides are single use products.

About Invuity®
Invuity develops advanced medical devices to dramatically improve access and visualization in minimally invasive and minimal access surgeries. The company’s products incorporate its proprietary Eigr Illumination Technology into sophisticated handheld illumination devices and access systems for a variety of surgical specialties including spine, orthopedics, breast and thyroid oncology and plastic surgery. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit www.invuity.com.

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