With more than fifteen years of clinical history, PEEK-OPTIMA polymers were the first medical-grade PEEK used in spinal fusion surgeries offering distinct clinical advantages due to it’s inherent properties including:

  • Modulus similar to bone
  • Reduced stress shielding
  • Artifact-free imaging

Currently almost all available anterior column plates are made of metals, some of which have been linked to complications following implantation. Titanium, the material most often used in anterior column plates, promotes tissue adhesion that is believed to contribute to dysphagia, or trouble swallowing. Dysphagia is a common post-operative complication of Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) surgery.1,2

PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra-Reinforced is biologically inert and does not promote tissue adhesion. Manufacturing plates with this proven biomaterial may help to reduce the prevalence and/or severity of dysphagia following ACDF surgery.

PEEK-OPTIMA is also radiolucent. So, where metal plates obscure interbody space, PEEK-OPTIMA provides clinicians with clear imaging for simple device placement and healing assessment.

  1. Spine J. 2005 Mar-Apr;5(2):140-4. Surgical treatment of dysphagia after anterior cervical interbody fusion. Fogel GR, McDonnell MF. Source Houston Spine Surgery, 5225 Katy Freeway, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77007, USA.
  2. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2005 Oct;18(5):406-9. Influence of anterior cervical plate design on Dysphagia: a 2-year prospective longitudinal follow-up study. Lee MJ, Bazaz R, Furey CG, Yoo J. Source University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA.

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