First AxioMed Viscoelastic Total Disc Replacement Implanted in Australia


AxioMed is pleased to announce the success of the first viscoelastic Freedom cervical case in Australia. Dr. Richard Laherty of Queensland Neurosurgery & Spine Surgery completed the procedure on Monday, November 28th at the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. The procedure was performed on a 47-year-old male patient suffering from degenerative disc disease with radiculopathy, as a result of degenerative cervical discs at levels C5-7. The patient failed conservative treatments prior to undergoing surgery.

The AxioMed viscoelastic disc is a next-generation disc replacement that restores natural disc height, lordosis, stability, and motion in the human spine. AxioMed was approved in September to market and sell their viscoelastic cervical and lumbar Freedom total disc replacements in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Dr. Richard Laherty spoke to the advantages of the AxioMed cervical disc after the operation: “The Freedom cervical disc is extremely easy to implant and has a great anatomical fit for restoring disc height and lordosis in the cervical spines of my patients. I am excited to have this viscoelastic technology that mimics the natural motion of a healthy human disc, and to make this solution available to my patients. It will provide a faster surgical recovery time and increase a patient’s overall health and satisfaction.”

AxioMed CEO Dr. Kingsley Chin explained how an experience like Dr. Laherty’s aligns with AxioMed’s vision: “AxioMed believes it can replicate the success of total joint restoration in the spine with our innovative and advanced viscoelastic total disc replacements with a high degree of patient satisfaction.”

Dr. Chin added, “With the addition of the lateral lumbar technique, we expect AxioMed to be the worldwide leader in disc replacement surgery.”

Dr. Laherty currently practices general neurosurgery with a special interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques for management of complex spine conditions. Dr. Laherty graduated from University of Queensland and completed postgraduate fellowship training at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane and St. Vincents and Concorde Hospitals in Sydney. He is extensively involved in both research and training young neurosurgeons in the latest technologies via his roles at both Princess Alexandra Hospital and the University of Queensland.

About AxioMed

Founded in 2001, AxioMed (http://www.axiomed.com/) began its journey of exhaustively proving the Freedom® Disc through clinical studies in the USA and Europe, research, development and testing. In 2014, KICVentures recognized the disc’s enormous potential and acquired the company into their healthcare portfolio. AxioMed owns an exclusive viscoelastic material license on its proprietary Freedom Disc technology.

Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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