Here are 100 minimally invasive orthopedic products to know in 2021.
Editor's note: The products are listed in alphabetical order.
3DKnee System (DJO). The 3DKnee is a high flexion total knee replacement with instruments for a minimally invasive procedure.
Aesculap Total Hip Solution (Aesculap). Aesculap's total hip system has been implanted more than 80,000 times worldwide and includes multiple implant options to fit the patient's anatomy.
Affinity (Aurora Spine). Affinity anterior lumbar interbody fusion cage's graft windows are designed to maximize bone material space to promote fusion. It also has teeth on the interior and superior surfaces to prevent material migration.
AltiVate Anatomic CS Edge (DJO). The AltiVate shoulder system is designed for more bone-sparing procedures and includes a canal-sparing, three-fin humeral stem with serrated fin tips.
Anterior Advantage (DePuy Synthes). The Anterior Advantage system is designed for primary and revision anterior hip replacement procedures.
Aquamantys Bipolar Sealers (Medtronic). The Aquamantys bipolar sealers provide hemostatic soft tissue and bone-sealing without smoke or char that occur with other methods.
Aspen MIS Fusion System (Zimmer Biomet). The Aspen system has a family of spinous process fixation devices for rigid, posterior fixation and fusion from T1 to S1.
Attune Cementless Knee (DePuy Synthes). The Attune Cementless Knee launched in September 2019 and is designed for increased durability among more active patients.
AVAflex balloon system (Stryker). The AVAflex system is used to treat vertebral compression fractures with the unipedicular approach.
Avatar MIS System (Life Spine). The Avatar system inserts cannulated pedicle screws over a guidewire to reduce muscle and tissue disruption.
Avenue L Lateral Lumbar Cage (Zimmer Biomet). Avenue L Lateral Lumbar Cage has a zero-profile design and features the VerteBRIDGE plating technology for cage insertion.
CD Horizon Spinal System (Medtronic). The CD Horizon system helps surgeons immobilize and then stabilize spinal segments as an adjunct to fusion.
Comprehensive Vault Reconstruction System (Zimmer Biomet). The Comprehensive Vault Reconstruction System is a 3D system that creates a model of the patient's anatomy to develop patient-specific implants for total shoulder replacement.
Concorde Clear MIS Discectomy Device (DePuy Synthes). The Concord device is designed for more precise discectomy. The single-use device has a tip designed to reduce the risk of penetrating the anterior annulus.
Concorde Clear MIS Discectomy Device (DePuy Synthes). The Concorde device is a single-use, sterile packed instrument with a suction curette mechanism to clear the disc space during discectomy.
Cordera Hip System (Conformis). Cordera is a primary total hip replacement system designed with 3D imaging technology for a patient-specific stem and acetabular cup.
Creo MIS (Globus Medical). Creo is a posterior percutaneous stabilization system with extended screw heads and the capability to perform spinal manipulation and deformity correction.
CrossBlade XL Diamond Burs (Stryker). The XL Diamond Burs use diamond-coated cutting technology for better precision and control during hip surgery.
Cypher MIS Screw System (Zimmer Biomet). The Cypher system implants are designed for optimal screw placement with less rod manipulation.
DePuy Synthes Powered Solution for Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery (DePuy Synthes). This specialized power tool has a bone-burring attachment with high torque and low-speed, two-edge burrs and five Shannon burrs for cutting bone.
Direct superior approach (Stryker). Stryker's direct superior approach system includes proprietary instrumentation that minimizes soft tissue, muscle and tendon trauma during total hip replacement surgery.
Discovery (Aurora Spine). The Discovery anterior cervical interbody fusion cage has a trapezoidal design and is manufactured with polyetheretherketone. It is coated with titanium plasma spray.
Echo (Aurora Spine). Echo is a posterior lumbar interbody fusion system with teeth on the inferior and superior sides to prevent migration and retropulsion.
Echo Femoral Hip System (Zimmer Biomet). The Echo system has a metaphyseal loading fit and fill design as well as four stem options to customize the procedure. Studies examining the system have shown 100 percent survival rate seven years after the initial procedure.
Eclipse Total Shoulder Replacement System (Arthrex). The Eclipse system is designed as a less invasive, bone-preserving total shoulder replacement system with a short, fenestrated cage screw fixation for bone ingrowth.
EOS (Aurora Spine). The EOS transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion cage is designed for less invasive procedures and manufactured with polyetheretherketone.
ExactechGPS (Exactech). The ExactechGPS is a surgeon-controlled, computer-assisted technology for total joint replacements. It offers real-time information about the patient during surgery.
ExcelsiusGPS (Globus Medical). Designed to take typical surgical workflow into account and facilitate procedural efficiency, the ExcelsiusGPS robotic system combines surgical navigation and robotic guidance for spinal procedures to improve accuracy and reduce radiation exposure.
Excia T Standard Hip Stem System (Aesculap). Excia T is designed to restore hip joint biomechanics and is made from cobalt chrome or forged titanium alloy with a titanium plasma spray for press-fit fixation.
Firebird Spinal Fixation System (Orthofix). The Firebird is used during minimally invasive spinal procedures. It is intended for posterior, non-cervical pedicle screw fixation and includes a wide variety of ergonomically designed instruments.
Genesis II Total Knee System (Smith+Nephew). The Genesis II has an externally rotated femoral implant design to optimize femorotibial rotational alignment.
Global Advantage Shoulder Arthroplasty System (DePuy Synthes). Global Advantage is a third-generation shoulder system with a proximal press-fit humeral stem. It also has low-profile standard and eccentric humeral head options.
iBalance Unicondylar Knee Arthroplasty (Arthrex). The iBalance Unicondylar Knee Arthroplasty System is a minimally invasive instrument and implant platform to treat degenerative or traumatic knee osteoarthritis.
iFuse (SI-Bone). The iFuse implant system has been used in more than 45,000 procedures since it was introduced in 2009. The implant is a small, triangle-shaped device used to stabilize and fuse the sacroiliac joint.
Illico Retractor (Atec). The Illico Retractor is used in posterior thoracolumbar procedures and has an independent blade toeing of up to 15 degrees, which minimizes soft tissue trauma.
Infuse Bone Graft (Medtronic). Infuse is an autograft replacement with high osteoinductivity. It is used during select spinal procedures to promote fusion.
Invictus (Atec). Invictus is a comprehensive spinal fixation platform that can adapt intraoperatively to surgical techniques and integrates with the company's technology for real-time information during posterior fixation.
iO-Flex System (Spinal Elements). The iO-Flex System is a set of flexible instruments for decompression procedures in the lumbar spine. It includes a flexible microblade shaver for rapid tissue removal.
iPassage (SeaSpine). The iPasage minimally invasive retractor has a main retractor flame, third blade option and counter retractor with a fourth blade attachment to adjust to the patient's anatomy and surgical conditions.
iTotal Identity (Conformis). The iTotal Identity knee surgery system uses advanced imaging and design software to develop patient-specific preoperative surgical plans, instrument sets and implants.
Journey II (Smith+Nephew). Journey II is a knee prosthesis designed to replicate normal knee positions and motions. The implant's dual-camp post design compensates for bicruciate ligament function.
JuggerKnot All-Suture Anchors (Zimmer Biomet). JuggerKnot was introduced in 2009 with the 1.4 mm device. The 100 percent suture-based anchor system has seven different size offerings and has a pullout strength ranging from 20 pounds to 120 pounds.
Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty (Medtronic). The Kyphon technology is used to repair vertebral compression fractures using orthopedic balloons to restore vertebral height and correct angular deformity from the fractures.
LATIS Spacer (Globus Medical). The LATIS spacer is designed to treat patients with degenerative disc disease using the transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion approach.
Longbow (Life Spine). The Longbow expandable lateral spacer system expands laterally, allowing for a direct lateral approach.
Lucent MIS TLIF (Spinal Elements). The Lucent minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion system includes radiolucent tubes to maximize visualization and multiple instrument sizes to match the patient's anatomy.
Luna XD (Spinal Elements). Spinal Elements acquired the Luna XD, along with other minimally invasive spinal devices, from Benvenue Medical in December 2020. Surgeons use Luna XD to deliver implants through a posterior access point.
M6 (Orthofix). The M6 disc is designed to replicate the patient's natural anatomy and incorporates an artificial nucleus made from polycarbonate urethane.
Mako SmartRobotics (Stryker). The Mako SmartRobotics technology creates a 3D image from the patient's CT scan to help surgeons pre-plan procedures and then provides guidance during total and partial knee replacements and total hip replacements.
Mariner MIS Posterior Fixation System (SeaSpine). Mariner is a pedicle screw system with an extended tab and tower-based platform to support multiple minimally invasive techniques.
MAS TLIF (NuVasive). MAS TLIF is designed for less tissue disruption during spine surgery. The system's integrated technology includes interbody, fixation, biologics and computer-assisted surgery.
Mazor X Stealth Edition (Medtronic). Mazor X Stealth Edition allows surgeons to develop a plan preoperatively using 3D images of the patient's anatomy.
Mercury MIS (Spinal Elements). The Mercury MIS pedicle screw system is designed for simple tower loading and unloading, and has low-profile cannulated screws.
Metha Short Hip Stem (Aesculap). The Metha Short Hip Stem is used in direct anterior joint replacement procedures.
MIS Ultra (Spinal Elements). The MIS Ultra portfolio includes instruments developed to reduce surgical complexity and bone disruption for the patient.
Mobi-C (Zimmer Biomet). The Mobi-C artificial disc has achieved FDA clearance for one- and two-level procedures in 2013 and has appeared in peer-reviewed literature examining long-term outcomes.
Navio Surgical System (Smith+Nephew). The Navio system provides robotic support for total and partial knee replacements.
OrthoMap (Stryker). OrthoMap software provides advanced navigation for total hip and knee replacements. It features automatic implant sizing and positioning, customizable workflow and implant downsize options.
OrthoPilot Navigation System (Aesculap). OrthoPilot is a computer-aided navigation system for more precise implant alignment.
PathFinder NXT Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw System (Zimmer Biomet). The PathFinder NXT Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw System is Zimmer Biomet's next-generation minimally invasive spinal fusion system, offering enhanced procedural freedom and streamlined workflow.
Phantom Retractor (Stryker). The Phantom Retractor offers two, three or four-point retraction and is optimized for minimally invasive spine surgery.
Phantom XL Lateral Retractor (Precision Spine). The Phantom XL is a minimally invasive device for lateral lumbar spinal fusions. It has an integrated fiber optic light source for better visibility.
Phoenix Minimally Invasive Spinal Fixation System (Orthofix). The Phoenix system is designed to reduce surgical steps and has a rod inserter that doesn't require extra incisions.
Pinnacle Hip Solutions (DePuy Synthes). Pinnacle is a modular cup for hip surgery, and more than 3.4 million Pinnacle cups have been sold worldwide.
Plasmablade (Medtronic). The PlasmaBlade dissection device delivers radiofrequency energy to cut and coagulate soft tissue during orthopedic procedures. It is designed to minimize thermal damage to surrounding tissue.
Plasmafit Pro Acetabular System (Aesculap). The Plasmafit Pro has a modified dome-shaped cup design for total hip replacements. It is covered with an ultra-porous titanium plasma spray to boost biological fixation.
ProChondrix (Stryker). Stryker worked with AlloSource to develop a biologic treatment for sports medicine procedures, with offerings including the ProChondrix CR for articular cartilage repair and a bone-patellar tendon-bone allograft.
Prodisc C Total Disc Replacement (Centinel Spine). The Prodisc C artificial disc is designed for one level procedures from C3 to C7. The implant is made of two cobalt chrome alloy endplates and an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene inlay.
ProLift Expandable Spacer (Life Spine). The ProLift expandable spacer is designed for use with transforaminal and posterior lumbar interbody fusion procedures with 6 mm of expansion to restore the normal anatomic disc height.
Proximal Humeral Fracture Plate System (Integra LifeSciences). This plate system complements Integra's shoulder arthroplasty and fracture platforms. It features the low-profile plate and greater tuberosity plate design to address multiple fracture patterns.
Relay-C (Aurora Spine). The Relay-C fusion system is a plate-cage, one-piece titanium cervical implant for single-level anterior cervical spinal fusions.
Rialto SI Joint Fusion (Medtronic). The Rialto SI Fusion System is designed to stabilize the sacroiliac joint and promote fusion.
Rise IntraLIF Spacer (Globus Medical). Rise IntraLIF is a percutaneous expandable lumbar interbody spacer that surgeons can deliver through an 8.5 mm diameter cannula for spinal fusion.
ROSA Knee System (Zimmer Biomet). The ROSA robotic system supports surgeons performing total knee replacements to assist with bone resection and implant placement.
SacroFuse (Sacrix). Sacrix launched the third iteration of SacroFuse, a threaded compression device to stabilize the sacroiliac joint, on Jan. 25.
Sentry (Life Spine). The Sentry 2 and Sentry 4 lateral plating systems are designed to prevent postoperative plate rotation with grit-blasted screws and screw heads.
Serengeti Minimally Invasive Retractor System (Stryker). The Serengeti system is a screw-based retraction technique for percutaneously placing screws during multi-level and L5-S1 procedures.
ShurFit LLIF Interbody Cage (Precision Spine). ShurFit is a self-distancing vertebral body replacement system with disc prep instruments and multiple retractors.
SI-LOK Sacroiliac joint Fusion System (Globus Medical). The SI-Lok system includes hydroxyapatite-coated screws, cannulated drill bits and wires for a lateral approach to sacroiliac joint fusion.
SingleStep (Atec). The SingleStep system is an all-in-one driver designed for efficient minimally invasive pedicle screw placement. It eliminates guidewire management and targeting needles.
Solus Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (Atec). The Solus system aims to minimize surgical exposure size and reduce operative time, as the fixation deployment is performed in a single step.
SpineJack (Stryker). The SpineJack system is designed to treat osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures and has three implant kit options for more precise procedures.
STALIF L (Centinel Spine). The STALIF L is the first FDA-cleared no-profile minimally invasive lateral integrated interbody system to feature a compressive lag screw fixation and Centinel Spine's proprietary anti-backout technology.
SwiveLock ACL Repair Kit (Arthrex). The SwiveLock became the first FDA-cleared kit for primary anterior cruciate ligament tears in December 2020. The technique involves reattaching the torn ACL with SwiveLock anchors using FiberWire and TigerWire sutures.
TaperFill Hip System (DJO). TaperFill has a shortened femoral stem and is designed for less invasive procedures, including the direct anterior approach.
Thunderbolt Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw System (ChoiceSpine). Thunderbolt is a minimally invasive pedicle screw system that provides immobilization and stabilization of spinal segments as an adjunct to fusion.
TiBow (Life Spine). The TiBow expandable spacer system is designed for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery and has controlled expansion once in the spine.
Tiger Shark (ChoiceSpine). Tiger Shark is a 3D manufactured titanium alloy interbody device with a proprietary organic porous structure and large graft window.
Titan Reverse Shoulder System (Integra LifeSciences). The Titan Reverse Shoulder System allows surgeons to switch from anatomic to reverse shoulder surgery without needing to remove the implant's stem.
Triathlon Total Knee System (Stryker). The Triathlon total knee replacement system has been implanted in more than 2 million patients worldwide and is available for use with the Mako surgical robot.
TriCor Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System (Zimmer Biomet). TriCor is designed for bony fusion and arthrodesis across the sacroiliac joint using the lateral approach.
Truespan Meniscal Repair System (DePuy Synthes). The Truespan system is single-trigger and doesn't require needle assembly or reloading. The needles are pre-loaded with polyetheretherketone implants and can be used in meniscal repairs and meniscal allograft transplant procedures.
TruMatch Personalized Solutions (DePuy Synthes). The TruMatch system is designed for personalized knee replacement surgery. It eliminates up to nine steps in the surgical workflow.
Twinfix (Smith+Nephew). The Twinfix Ultra preloaded suture anchors with needles are designed for mini-open rotator cuff repairs.
Vega System (Aesculap). Vega is designed to mimic natural knee kinematics and has a seven-layer advanced surface technology.
Velys Robotic-Assistant Solution (DePuy Synthes). The Velys system received FDA clearance in January 2021 for use with the Attune total knee system. The technology provides advanced planning capability for bone resection and implant alignment without the need for preoperative imaging.
Viper Prime System (DePuy Synthes). The Viper pedicle screw system is designed to reduce the number of instruments needed during a spinal fusion when compared with traditional procedures.
Visionaire Patient Matched Knee Technology (Smith+Nephew). The Visionaire technology uses data from patient images to develop special cutting blocks for a more precise procedure.
XLIF (NuVasive). There are more than 400 published clinical studies showing NuVasive's XLIF lateral spine technique can improve outcomes with reduced blood loss, shorten procedure time and reduce length of stay.
ZIP MIS Interspinous Fusion System (Aurora Spine). ZIP is designed to be a minimally invasive spinal fixation device for spinal fusion and an alternative to pedicle screw systems.