CENTER VALLEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), over 320,000 spinal procedures out of some 550,000, or 58%, require some type of bone cutting.1 Traditionally, bone removal in spinal surgeries has been performed by hand instruments or cutting burrs that, by virtue of their mechanism of action, pose risks of dural and neural injury, the Aesculap ultrasonic osteotome, BoneScalpel, reduces these risks. Additionally, the BoneScalpel reduces bone bleeding, produces precise cuts as narrow as approximately 0.5 mm, and provides the surgeon an alternate surgical technique; potentially increasing efficiency and reducing O.R. time. A white paper, titled BoneScalpel™ Ultrasonic Bone Cutting System: Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Applications, is now available that discusses the technology behind the BoneScalpel as well as successful clinical trials.

The Aesculap BoneScalpel combines important safety and control aspects associated with hand instruments with the convenience and ease of powered instruments. The ultrasonic blade enables precision osteotomies and en-bloc bone removal while facilitating the sparing of soft tissues and reducing bleeding. This allows for a new level of efficacy in performing osseous resection with the opportunity to modify surgical technique and shorten operating room (O.R.) time. Studies have shown that in spine surgery, the BoneScalpel is used to cut vertebral elements while protecting the underlying dura and neural structures. The relative selectivity for bone destruction allows for efficient and systematic removal of bone in spine operations. This paper reports a set of such data for a number of surgical applications with the Aesculap BoneScalpel. The BoneScalpel is manufactured by Misonix, Inc.

Authored by Peyman Pakzaban, MD, FAANS of Houston MicroNeurosurgery, the paper is available for exclusive download at Additional surgical videos demonstrating the technique are also available.

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Aesculap, Inc., a B. Braun company, founded in 1867 in Tuttlingen, Germany, is the worlds largest and one of the most respected manufacturers of surgical instruments and sterilization container systems. Aesculap is a leading privately-owned manufacturing company, passionately committed to providing high-quality, innovative products and services to all surgical disciplines, with particular focus in the fields of General, Neuro, Spine and Orthopaedics. For more information, contact Aesculap Customer Service at 1-800-282-9000 or visit

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1. Aesculap Neurosurgery. Page 11. Available at Accessed September 13, 2011.