With over twenty years of clinical history, PEEK-OPTIMATM polymers were the first medical-grade PEEK used in spinal fusion surgeries offering distinct clinical advantages due to its inherent properties including:
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-OPTIMATM 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-OPTIMATM is also radiolucent. So, where metal plates obscure interbody space, PEEK-OPTIMATM provides clinicians with clear imaging for simple device placement and healing assessment.
1. Fogel GR, McDonnell MF. Surgical treatment of dysphagia after anterior cervical interbody fusion. Spine J. 2005 Mar-Apr;5(2):140-4.
2. Lee MJ, Bazaz R, Furey CG, Yoo J. Influence of anterior cervical plate design on Dysphagia: a 2-year prospective longitudinal follow-up study. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2005 Oct;18(5):406-9.