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Mick J. Perez-Cruet  has known for a long time that using a patient's own bone tissue for fusion and reconstructive surgery procedures is best for the patient and the surgeon.

Called the BoneBac press, MI4Spine LLC and its partner, Traverse City-based Thompson Surgical, introduced it to the market in November 2010. It is being used in 10 hospitals, including William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where Perez-Cruet has worked for roughly seven years.So with that in mind, the neurosurgeon came up with a device that enables surgeons to collect bone tissue and recycle it in the patient's body.

Recently, the companies received FDA approval for a new product — the inner body fusion device — which is part of the BoneBac system and allows for the performance of minimally invasive spinal fusion, said Perez-Cruet, CEO and president of MI4Spine LLC.

The device brought cost savings in its first year at Beaumont. An estimated $500,000 to $1 million was saved by using patients' bone tissue rather than artificial bone graft substances or cadaver bones, which can cost as much as $2,000 for five cubic centimeters, or one teaspoon.

"One of my big goals with starting this company was to help surgeons do these procedures more easily," Perez-Cruet said. "Using the BoneBac helps patients better tolerate the procedure and shortens their hospital stay, helping them get back to their functioning lives."


Read the full article at Crain's Detroit Business

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