ALLENDALE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Stryker’s Spine division today announced that the results of a pre-clinical study for its new 3D-printed Tritanium PL Interbody Cage will be presented at the North American Spine Society (NASS) Meeting. The conference is being held in Boston, Oct. 26-29, 2016, and Stryker’s Spine division will demonstrate the Tritanium PL Cage at booth No. 1415.
The objective of this study was to compare the biomechanical, radiographic, and histological performance of implants with different surface technologies in an ovine lumbar interbody fusion model. The interbody fusion cages involved in this study included traditional PEEK cages, plasma-sprayed titanium-coated PEEK cages, and Stryker’s 3D-printed, highly porous Tritanium PL cages.
The results from this study demonstrated that the Tritanium PL cages exhibited reductions in segmental motion and increases in construct stiffness across all three loading directions between the 8- and 16-week post-implant time points, which was not seen within the PEEK and plasma-sprayed titanium-coated PEEK cage groups (p<0.02). Furthermore, micro–CT and histological data demonstrated greater total bone volume within the Tritanium PL Cage at both 8 and 16 weeks compared to all other treatment groups (p<0.01).
According to Bradley Paddock, president of Stryker’s Spine division, additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, allows for the creation of a material with porous structures that resemble cancellous bone, a type of spongy bone tissue.
“Stryker’s proprietary Tritanium Technology, a novel, highly porous titanium alloy material designed for bone in-growth and biological fixation, is based on new additive manufacturing techniques pioneered by Stryker over nearly 15 years,” Paddock said. “Tritanium, and this important new study, demonstrate Stryker’s commitment to bringing the latest technologies to our customers, and a growing number of surgeons are turning to our new Tritanium PL Cage.”
For More Information About the Study
- To access the study abstract, titled “Biomechanical and Histologic Comparison of a Novel 3D-Printed Porous Titanium Interbody Cage to PEEK,” click here.¹
- A report with full details about this pre-clinical study is available here.
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1. McGilvray, Kirk C. et al. Biomechanical and Histologic Comparison of a Novel 3-D Printed Porous Titanium Interbody Cage to PEEK, Spine J. 2016; Volume 16, Issue 10, S363-S364.
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