Miami, FL – Dr. Wilson Asfora is pleased to announce his innovative spinal implant, the Asfora Bullet Cage, will soon receive Brazilian market clearance as a Lumbar Intervertebral Body Fusion Device.
The Brazilian born neurosurgeon has successfully developed the Asfora Bullet Cage, a product which is designed for use in posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgeries to treat degenerative disc disease. The device has received United States Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance on August 14, 2009, and will be exported and regulated in Asfora’s birth country, Brazil. The Asfora Bullet Cage will be manufactured and sold by Medical Designs, LLC, in Sioux Falls and distributed by Nova Medical Brasil, in Recife.
Commenting on the FDA approval, Dr. Asfora said, “the 510 (k) clearance of the Asfora Bullet Cage represents the culmination of a decade of clinical research. Clinical experience to date demonstrates up to a 98 percent rate of interbody fusion of one or two levels in hundreds of cases using simply locally harvested bone without unexpected complications and without the use of pedicle screws and Bone Morphogenic Protein.”
Dr. Asfora specializes in adult and pediatric neurosurgery, spine surgery, brain tumor surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, radiosurgery and functional neurosurgery, including Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders. Dr. Asfora is board certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
In addition to his recent development, Dr. Asfora has authored dozens of publications on issues related to neurosurgery. Dr. Asfora has also developed numerous medical devices in use at hospitals around the world, including:
- The Subdural Evacuating Port System (“SEPS”), a minimally invasive life saving device used to treat subdural hematomas and promote brain expansion without entering the subdural space. SEPS is now marketed globally by Medtronic, Inc.
The Dakota Knife, a surgical instrument for the transection of the Carpal Ligament in open, limited-open, or minimally invasive Carpal Tunnel surgery.
The Odontoid Curved Drill Guide, a surgical tool for anterior screw fixation of odontoid fractures. The device is particularly useful in Barrel Chested patients.
Dr. Asfora is currently leading a nationwide team of engineers, clinicians and regulatory experts in the development of new medical technologies for use in the fields of pain therapy, vascular surgery and pediatric diagnostics.
About Dr. Asfora
With an idea for an existing device modification, Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based physician and neurosurgeon, Wilson T. Asfora proposed his design to a major medical device corporation. After receiving no recognition other than a thank you letter from the corporation, Dr. Asfora founded his own medical device company, Medical Designs, LLC in 1999.
Medical Designs, LLC works closely with surgeons, biomedical engineers and medical professionals to design and develop new products and procedures for the medical marketplace.