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DISC care™ , the Hernia Blocking System to prevent Lumbar Disc Re-Herniation

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - DISC care (DISC care™ , the Hernia Blocking System to prevent Lumbar Disc Re-Herniation)

Reporting period: 2021-01-01 to 2021-12-31

Lumbar disc herniation occurs when the intervertebral disc breaks and its nucleus bursts out pressing the nerves. It causes extreme back and leg pain, numbness and disability. To relieve the pain, a surgical intervention (discectomy) is usually performed, consisting of removing the herniated material. Disc herniation was the most frequent cause of spine surgery for working-age patients and in 2019. 1,3M lumbar discectomies were performed WW. Although discectomy may work in some cases, at least 51% of procedures have a high risk of re-herniation through the same disc defect, requiring a costly and complex re-operation. To avoid re-herniation, some surgeons remove a larger amount of nucleus, making it unlikely to re-herniate, but compromising the disc functionality and causing chronic back pain.

NEOS Surgery has developed the DISC care™ Hernia Blocking System, an implantable strong barrier that prevents re-herniation while allowing surgeons to remove the minimum disc tissue. After completing several years of development and pre-clinical testing, the product is now ready to overcome the final barriers for its market launch:
- clinical trial
- complete product range
- CE-marking under the new EU MDR
The DISC care™ has successfully been implanted in several patients, with promising results after a few months of follow-up. Moreover, the feedback from the surgeries and from our medical committee has been collected and is being taken into account to improve the usability of the solution.

The increase of product range to cover more anatomies is progressing (new designs, new tests), as well as the industrialization of the manufacturing processes
The DISC care™ will enter a “Blue Ocean” market segment (estimated at 1.500M€ at least), being the first Hernia Blocking device from a European company and the second worldwide.

The DISC careTM will contribute to reduce re-herniation direct and indirect costs associated to second surgeries, sick-leaves and back-pain. Moreover, it will impact the EU high tech industry and contribute to the creation of high-qualification jobs.
The problem
The solution, DISC careTM