Metal has been used for internal trauma fixation for decades, with generally good outcomes. However, complications related to non-unions, delayed unions and implant failure continue to be a challenge1 – especially for higher risk patients. Now there is a material that may extend the time before implant failure and increase the potential for healing.2 PEEK-OPTIMA™ Ultra-Reinforced combines our high performance polymer with carbon fiber for tailored stiffness and more flexible fixation.3 Compared to metal plates, PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra-Reinforced polymer provides:
PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra-Reinforced is radiolucent offering circumferential visibility of the fracture site before and after the procedure.
Compared to metal, PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra-Reinforced, a carbon fiber composite, may improve secondary bone healing with earlier and greater callus formation
Compared to metal, PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra-Reinforced, a carbon fiber composite, may provide an increased window of opportunity for healing to occur before fatigue-induced implant failure could occur
1. CE Henderson et al. Locking plates for distal femur fractures: is there a problem with fracture healing? (J Orthop Trauma, 2011 Feb 25) Suppl 1:S8-14.doi:10.1097/BOT.0b013e3182070127.
2.Jo Wilson, PhD; Matthew Cantwell; Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK) Carbon Fiber Composites May Improve Healing of Fractures Stabilized with Intramedullary Nails. (Basic Science Focus Forum, paper #4, 2014) 155
3.Data on file Invibio – Mechanical Benchmark of Carbon Fiber PEEK OPTIMA™ _Ultra Reinforced vs Ti 6Al-4V Plates undergoing Static and Dynamic Testing per ASTM F382-99 (2008)
Learn about this innovative polymer’s carbon fiber composite technology and the potential clinical advantages for high-risk trauma patients
Read about a biomechanical study comparing the stability of locking screws in locking proximal humerus plates composed of PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra-Reinforced and stainless steel
Our semi-rigid PEEK-OPTIMA Spinal Rods bridge the gap between stiff all-metal constructs and dynamic treatment options.