Pioneer Surgical Technology has announced the successful implantation of two thousand NuNec Cervical Disc Arthroplasty devices in the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) markets.
According to a company release, NuNec is the first PEEK (PEEK-OPTIMA polymer by Invibio) cervical disc replacement launched in Europe. The first NuNec implantation in the EMEA market occurred in Germany in November 2008. NuNec is indicated for skeletally mature patients with cervical degenerative disc disease who need reconstruction of discs from C3–C7.
At its core, the NuNec device features a PEEK ball and socket articulation. The PEEK on PEEK design results in improved radiolucency and lower wear rates when compared to metal implants. The device utilises a unique CAM interference screw locking mechanism to provide immediate and primary fixation and the endplates are coated with hydroxyapatite.
“The NuNec disc provides the perfect combination of new materials and biomechanics versatility, allowing great MRI post-operative imaging and excellent multi-level clinical results,” said Tai Friesem, clinical lead of Spinal Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom.