Patient-Specific Implants (PSIs) made with PEEK-OPTIMATM Natural may extend the range of patient and surgeon benefits beyond those of medical-grade titanium; the traditional biomaterial used for cranio-maxillofacial (CMF) PSIs. The trend of using PEEK-OPTIMA for patient-specific implant technology continues due to the need for larger repairs with a high degree of complexity.
PEEK-OPTIMA PSIs for cranioplasty offer many advantages over other cranioplasty materials such as titanium and PMMA (Poly(methyl methacrylate). PEEK-OPTIMA Natural is:
With applications such as the PEEK Custom Skull Implant (CSI) by Kelyniam Global, Inc., this disruptive technology relies on the strength, bone-like modulus, radiolucency, purity, versatility and guaranteed supply of our high-quality PEEK-OPTIMA polymer. The Kelyniam CSI is intended to correct or replace bony voids in the cranial skeleton caused by trauma or birth defects while promoting a better anatomic fit versus conventional reconstruction methods and materials.9
Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+) has developed a novel cranio-maxillofacial (CMF) implant technology that uses our advanced PEEK-OPTIMA Natural polymer. This PEEK-OPTIMA derived PSI technology extends the range of patient/surgeon benefits beyond those of medical-grade titanium. The MUMC+ process uses CAD software to design the PSI to the individual CMF contours of the patient.10
NEOS Cranial LOOP™ from NEOS Surgery™ is the first cranial fixation device made entirely of PEEK-OPTIMA polymer. The result of extensive research and development, the Cranial LOOP is a game-changing addition to the NEOS line of innovative cranial fixation devices. The instrument-free design is made possible by PEEK-OPTIMA material characteristics (including high elastic modulus, high tensile strength, and radiolucent CT/MR imaging without scattering or artifact) and incorporates a self-cutting function for removing the non-implantable part of the device. A fast and easy “pull and tighten” action allows the surgeon to control and feel the fixation; a standard bone flap with three Cranial LOOPs can be fixated in less than a minute. The NEOS Cranial LOOP produces fixation strengths similar to those of other standard metallic, instrument-free fixation devices. Its unique design and materials allow it to perfectly adapt to the epi-cranial and sub-cranial shape and curvature.11
1. Data on file at Invibio.
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9. Invibio PEEK-OPTIMATM polymer to be used in Commercially-Available Custom Skull Implants.
10. The novel cranio-maxillofacial implant technology was co-developed by Maastricht University Medical Centre’s engineering department IDEE (Instrument Development Engineering & Evaluation), the Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery and Maastricht Instruments (MI) and spin out into Xilloc Medical B.V.
11. NEOS uses PEEK-OPTIMA To “Re-invent” Cranial Fixation.