icotec Receives CE-Approval for Composite Lumbar Spacer

20 January 2010

Icotec has gained CE approval for its titanium coated continuous CF/PEEK Lumbar Spacer “ETurn Ti.”

The ETurn Ti Lumbar Spacer is a continuous carbon fibre PEEK lumbar fusion device with a titanium coating. It is used for posterior intersomatic spondylodesis (PLIF, TLIF and EPLIF).

The special titanium coating is said to promote direct bone on-growth to the implant and manufacturers believe it will improve implant incorporation.

""We are very proud to be the first company to combine the best features of two well-established materials in one spine product: The CF/PEEK has mechanical properties superior to PEEK and offers optimal imaging conditions, whereas the porous titanium coating on the implant will provide an excellent interface for direct and fast bone integration."" says Roger Stadler, CEO of icotec.

Professor Fritz Magerl, senior scientific medical advisor at icotec, who developed and pro-motes the sub-muscular EPLIF approach states: “The ETurn Lumbar Spacer has a unique guiding surface. Surgeons using this implant are very much in favour of the self-positioning features of the implant. These features improve the surgical technique and minimize risk of failures”

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