An alternative to metal that offers many advantages.

PEEK OPTIMA polymers offer a novel alternative to metal for fracture fixation applications.

PEEK-OPTIMA polymers offer a novel alternative to metal for fracture fixation applications.

Currently almost all commercially available internal fracture fixation devices are composed of metals. These devices are the long-standing gold standard in trauma fixation, but some clinical challenges persist with metallic implants, including:

  • Delayed unions and non-unions
  • Challenges with long-term fixation in low-quality bone
  • Tissue and bone adhesion complicates implant removals
  • Device failure
  • Infection

Alternative materials such as PEEK-OPTIMA composites may provide some clinical advantages over metals. These include the potential to achieve faster healing, conserve more bone during revisions, improve healing assessment and enhance device performance. These benefits are being realised with today’s revolutionary PEEK-OPTIMA-based fracture plates and intramedullary nails.