Disc Hernia Blocking System

The Disc Hernia Blocking System is the cornerstone of NEOS’ Strategic Plan.

 

The Surgical Need

Lumbar Disc Herniation occurs when the intervertebral disc ruptures and bulges out creating a hernia. The hernia can press against nerves and muscles in the lumbar area creating nerve and leg pain. The current gold standard treatment is performing a discectomy: a surgery to remove the hernia. The surgeon faces a dilemma: to decide whether to perform an aggressive discectomy, compromising disc height and biomechanics; or a limited discectomy that causes high re-herniation rates.

The Solution

The Disc Hernia Blocking System provides a permanent solution, a barrier to re-herniation which is expandable, is securely fixed to the vertebra, has minimum impact on current surgical procedures, and respects natural spine movements. This is achieved through the combination of expertise in implant design, textiles, and advanced manufacturing techniques.

The Disc Hernia Blocking System will offer a cost-effective, permanent solution to low back pain.

 

NEOS has been collaborating in some research stages with other partners and received support of some institutions under the following projects:

THE ACE PROJECT: Annulus Closure Expandable device

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 684546.

 

THE AR-TEX PROJECT: textile technology applied in Spinal Surgery

Ar-Tex has received the Eureka Innovation Award in the category Innovators of tomorrow.
NEOS and its partners received the support of the Eurostars Programme for this project and, more specifically, of the Spanish Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI).