Stryker has announced the launch of the Monterey AL interbody system, a standalone interbody fusion device designed for anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF).
Monterey AL is made up of both solid and porous structures within a single implant, leveraging Stryker’s proprietary Tritanium in-growth technology, a material designed to mimic cancellous bone and provide an environment favourable to bone regeneration and fusion.1-4 New data demonstrates that undifferentiated stem cells grown on Tritanium exhibited osteogenic alkaline phosphatase without requiring growth factor supplements.5,6
Bala Giri, president and founder of the Texas Neuro Spine Institute (Dallas, USA), said: “No one understands 3D-printing like Stryker—the fact that they’ve been able to dial in the right mix of small, medium, and large pores in a reproducibly randomised matrix is incredible.
“Their growing body of pre-clinical data, specifically the cellular findings published most recently, makes my decision to go with these products very straightforward. Our goal with any implant is spinal fusion, and Stryker has taken a very intentional approach to designing the Tritanium cages with this goal in mind.”
Robbie Robinson, president of Stryker’s spine division, added: “This is an exciting time for our division, as we continue to build momentum and expand our portfolio to bring new technology to our surgeon customers. One of our goals as a medical technology company and an implant manufacturer is to complement clear visualisation and easy access with intuitive instruments and biologically inspired implant designs.
“Monterey AL combines more than 20 years of expertise in the creation of porous materials using additive manufacturing with innovative implants and instruments that are designed to give surgeons the flexibility to use our system without having to alter their preferred technique.”
1. Stryker data on file | PROJ 43909 Tritanium technology claim support memo, Rev-1
2. Stryker data on file | DHF 0370 Monterey AL Design History File (including DHF 68852 Monterey AL Validation Report)
3. Karageorgiou, V. et al. “Porosity of 3D biomaterial scaffolds and osteogenesis.” Biomaterials. 2005, 26: 5474–5491.
4. Khan, I. et al. “Clinical and cost-effectiveness of lumbar interbody fusion using Tritanium Posterolateral Cage (vs. propensity-matched cohort of PEEK cage).” Spine Surgery and Related Research, 2022.
5. Stryker data on file; RD 62430 Tritanium hMSC osteogenic differentiation
6. Reza, A. et al. “Randomized porous titanium impacts cell morphology and induces stem cell differentiation in vitro.” Orthopaedic Research Society 5th International Spine Research Symposium, 2019, 5: 83.