Orthofix International has announced the launch of its Construx mini PEEK titanium composite spacer system through its spinal distribution network.
According to a company press release, this anterior cervical interbody system incorporates a unique technology that combines the benefits of PEEK’s imaging capabilities with the potential of bone ingrowth from porous titanium endplates.
Scott Stanley, medical director of the Spine Program at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado, USA, who is the primary surgeon innovator behind the technology stated, “After years of hard work in this product’s development, I am thrilled to utilise this implant for my patients. I believe that the porous interface will allow for potential bone ingrowth as demonstrated in the orthopaedic joint arthroplasty literature. This product will allow patients to return to extracurricular activities and activities of daily living in a timely fashion.”
The press release reported that the system has porous titanium endplates that provide a 3D porous material with the potential for bone ingrowth that may create a bond between the bone and the implant. The implant also features a PEEK core, which allows for post and intraoperative imaging without the severe image distortion associated with metal designs currently on the market.
“We are very excited about the launch of this novel, differentiated cervical interbody system. It represents the beginning of a series of product launches in 2013 that will bring our cervical implant product offering to the forefront of the industry,” said president and chief executive officer Robert Vaters.