fracture fixation

Supporting you from concept to commercialization for next-generation trauma devices

Metal-free, carbon fiber composite fracture fixation solutions

Our proven biocompatible carbon fiber composite material, PEEK-OPTIMATM Ultra-Reinforced polymer, may offer the potential to enhance healing in challenging patients.

PEEK-OPTIMA™
Ultra-Reinforced Polymer

PEEK-OPTIMA™ Ultra-Reinforced polymer offers a non-metal fracture fixation technology that provides strength and fatigue resistance demanded by high-load implant applications. Benefits include:

  • No cold welding or metal ions4
  • Radiolucency and artifact-free imaging3
  • Similar mechanical strength
  • 50x greater fatigue resistance2
  • Reduced stiffness with modulus close to bone2
  • Reduced tissue adhesion4

Less time recovering.
More time training.

British Olympic sprinter James Ellington, the first professional athlete to have a trauma composite technology implant. Read about his journey.

Featured resources

Image courtesy of CarboFix Orthopedics Ltd
Physician experience

David J. Hak, MD, MBA, FACS: Effect of Implant Stiffness on Fracture Healing1

 

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Case study
Complex Tibial Fracture of an Olympic Athlete: a case study from Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr.James Youngman
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Carbon fiber PEEK Composite solutions

Invibio’s investment in R&D to produce composite trauma plates enables medical device manufacturers to provide innovative options for treating traumatic injuries.
Foot and ankle toe plate

PEEK-based devices for hand and foot applications are experiencing an increase in adoption, with growing clinical evidence demonstrating the benefits PEEK can offer. 

Sternal closure plate
PEEK-OPTIMATM polymers have been used to innovate in this space, with OEMs developing new metal-free technologies for fixation plate, ties and zips. 
Craniomaxillofacial plates
Permanent, low profile PEEK solutions for craniomaxillofacial surgery. PEEK-OPTIMA polymers have a modulus similar to natural bone, which provide a lighter weight and more comfortable alternative to metal custom CMF implants.

References

1. Image: Proximal Humeral Plate made with PEEK-OPTIMA polymers, courtesy of CarboFix Orthopedics Ltd
2. Data on file at Invibio. Mechanical Benchmark of Carbon Fiber PEEK-OPTIMA™ Ultra-Reinforced vs Ti 6AI-4V Plates undergoing Static and Dynamic Testing per ASTM F382-99 (2008).
3. Caforio M, Perugia D, Colombo M, Calori GM, Maniscalco P. Preliminary experience with Piccolo Composite™, a radiolucent distal fibula plate, in ankle fractures. Injury. 2014 Dec;45 Suppl 6:S36-S38.
4. Tarallo L, Mugnai R, Adani R, Zambianchi F, Catani F, A New Volar Plate made of Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polyetheretherketone for Distal Radius Fracture: Analysis of 40 Cases, J Orthop Traumatol, 2014 Dec; 15(4): 277-83