Safety and Efficacy Assessment of Using the zLOCK Facet Stabilization System


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The zLOCK Facet Stabilization System is a fixation device intended to provide posterior stability in the lumbar spine fusion procedure. The system can be placed either as an adjunct to an inter-vertebral anterior cage or as stand-alone with/ without additional decompression of the dural sac or nerve roots as appropriate for the specific patient and surgeon's discretion. The zLOCK implant is placed inside the facet to stabilize the motion and enhance the bony fusion of the joint. The zLOCK Facet Stabilization System is intended for single-level stabilization of a spinal motion segment in order to promote bony fusion of the joint. The zLOCK system is indicated for use from L1-L2 to L5-S1 joints.

The zLOCK implant is inserted into the facet joint space while adapting to the joint's changing geometry. Stabilization is achieved by a firm grip of each joint bone and resisting any relative motion. The zLOCK implant is placed percutaneously and requires only one incision per side, thereby reducing the invasiveness procedure duration and shortening the recovery period.

This pivotal study was designed in order to assess the safety and effectiveness of the zLOCK system.

Targeted Conditions

Study Overview

Start Date
November 7, 2021
Completion Date
September 30, 2025
Date Posted
March 4, 2022
Accepts Healthy Volunteers?


Full Address
MedizinischenFakultät der Universität Rostock
Rostock 18055, Germany

AOU Policlinico "Paolo Giaccone"
Palermo, Italy


Minimum Age (years)
Maximum Age (years)
Eligibility Criteria
Inclusion Criteria:

Patient is scheduled for spine surgery with at least one of the following:

Degenerative Spondylolisthesis grade 1;
Mild to Moderate stenosis;
Degeneration of the facets.
When used stand-alone disc height should be maximum 50% of the adjacent disc height.
18< Age <75
Weight < 100Kg
Signed informed consent form
At least 3 months of unsuccessful conventional treatments

Exclusion Criteria:

Fusion procedure performed or required in more than one motion segment.
Acute or chronic spinal infections.
Osteoporosis when used in adjunct to an anterior interbody cage (DEXA < -2.5).
Absence of posterior spinal elements including the pedicle, pars interarticularis, facet joints, spinous process and the majority of the lamina which make it unstable or not possible to place.
Any entity or conditions that totally preclude the possibility of fusion, i.e. cancer or kidney dialysis.
Obesity (BMI ≥30)
Unilateral application of device, except in combination with anterior interbody cages.
Known sensitivity to Titanium.
Alcoholism, or drug abuse
Subject with a cardiac pacemaker or other implanted electro medical device
Women who are either pregnant or nursing at the time of screening (to be verified by test in case of woman of child-bearing potential that do not practice medically acceptable methods of contraception)
Concurrent participation in another clinical trial using any investigational drug or device.
Mental disorders.
Fracture or other instabilities of the posterior elements.

Study Contact Info

Study Contact Name
Hanna Levy, Dr.
Study Contact Email
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