Orthofix Medical, a global medical device company with a spine and orthopedics focus, announced the limited market release and first patient implant of the Virtuos Lyograft, a shelf-stable and complete autograft substitute for spine and orthopedic procedures.
This allograft is prepared by MTF Biologics through a proprietary process that preserves all biologic components necessary for bone healing within the graft. Virtuos is provided in a room-temperature, ready-to-use, moldable form.
“The Virtuos allograft is unique in the fact that it can be stored at room temperature and is ready to implant within two minutes of being hydrated,” said Dr. Tomas Ellis, a neurosurgeon at Baylor Scott and White Surgical Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, who implanted the first patient. “This helps ensure we can always have an easy-to-use, moldable, complete bone graft on hand, and it streamlines the preparation and overall surgical procedure time.”
Virtuos offers logistical and cost-savings advantages to the hospital with improved shipping, storage and operating room efficiency. The room temperature shipment and storage of Virtuos eliminates the use of large quantities of dry ice, Styrofoam shippers and freezer storage, enabling flexible shipping options and reduced packaging, with the aim of a reduced carbon footprint.