K2M launches Cascadia interbody systems in the USA


K2M logoK2M has launched its award-winning Cascadia interbody systems, featuring the company’s Lamellar 3D titanium technology in the USA at the 2016 North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting.

K2M also presented clinical background on its 3D-printed technologies. The company highlighted 3D-printing manufacturing techniques by featuring a state-of-the-art 3D printer and a spatially immersive virtual reality experience at its NASS booth. The US launch of K2M’s comprehensive 3D solutions, combined with an enhanced presence at NASS, further reinforces K2M’s standing as the global market-leading innovator and provider of 3D-printed spinal implants.

K2M’s Cascadia product portfolio includes the Cascadia TL, AN, lateral, AN lordotic oblique, and cervical interbody systems. K2M’s Cascadia interbody systems feature the company’s innovative Lamellar 3D titanium technology, which, according to a company release, uses a 3D-printing method to create structures that are impossible with traditional manufacturing techniques. Starting with a titanium powder, the Cascadia implants are grown through the selective application of a high-energy laser beam, incorporating complex internal geometries and rough surface architecture that pre-clinical data have associated with bone growth activity. According to the release, the implants employ this technology to create a 70% porous implant with an increased bone graft volume and similar stiffness when compared to equivalent K2M PEEK designs.

Tom Morrison, a neurosurgeon at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center in Atlanta, USA, states, “The porosity and surface roughness properties make great biologic sense, and the long term follow-up I am seeing with my patients reinforces my good impression. I look forward to continuing use of the Cascadia interbody systems and am excited to further incorporate K2M’s Lamellar 3D titanium technology in my practice through future developments in other bone-growth applications.”