First Procedure of MicroPort<sup>®</sup> Orthopedics Firestone™ Cervical Fusion Device Successfully Completed

On October 19, Firestone™ Cervical Fusion Device ("Firestone™"), a product of Shanghai MicroPort Orthopedics Co ("MicroPort® Orthopedics"), had finished its first implantation procedure in Shijie Hospital of Dongguan City. The procedure was performed by Professor Dongming Guo, who is from Guangzhou First People Hospital, Spinal Surgery Department.
 
Applying Firestone™, the ACDF procedure was performed successfully and smoothly, taking only half an hour. The patient's immediate post-operative result was satisfied. The interbody fusion cage was developed and manufactured by MicroPort® Orthopedics independently from 2013 to 2015. With PEEK (polyetheretherketone) as the material, Firestone™ is indicated to primary stabilization for degenerative cervical intervertebral disc diseases, revision for previous cervical decompression with fixation.
 
After the procedure, Professor Guo gave a high recognition of both Firestone™'s high standard performance and MicroPort® Orthopedics team's service.
 
Firestone™ uses PEEK-OPTIMA polymer composites, has good biocompatibility and its elastic modulus is close to human bone. It can reduce the stress shielding effectively. It has the feature of permeable X-ray, which is convenient to postoperative observation of the bone fusion. The unique double-toothed structure of Firestone™ has the advantages of anti-slip and avoiding the displacement of the implant. The product received its CE certification of EU on 2013. This first successful implantation surgery marks the officially enter of the product to the clinic, and will benefit more domestic patients.