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Maastricht University Medical Centre Advances Cranial Implant Technology with PEEK-OPTIMA
Date:6/2/2010

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  • Ideal biological properties very comparable to bone;
  • No stress shielding;
  • No conductibility of temperature;
  • Separation of PEEK from surrounding bone, which ensures the initial position of the implant
  • Proven biocompatibility and biostability,
  • Natural radiolucency and compatibility with medical imaging to monitor site healing

  • “The patient’s own removed bone segments are always the first choice for implantation. However, unfortunately only a few of those re-implantations succeed, leaving the patient with a defect. To reconstruct this defect in the best way possible the surgeon uses a patient specific implant.

    Although the use of PEEK is relatively new in the case of cranial implants, Invibio’s PEEK-OPTIMA® is proven with over 10 years of history in a wide variety of different regulatory approved devices. Their verified biocompatibility and biostability is crucial for surgeons when choosing materials”, commented Peter Kessler (chair professor, Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, MUMC+).

    The novel cranio-maxillofacial implant technology was co-developed by Maastricht University Medical Centre’s engineering department IDEE (Instrument Development Engineering & Evaluation), the Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery and Maastricht Instruments (MI).

    About Invibio:
    Invibio® is a global leader providing high performance biomaterials, advanced technical research and consultative solutions to medical device manufacturers across a wide range of markets. The company provides medical device manufacturers with PEEK-OPTIMA® polymer and compounds, MOTIS™ polymer, ENDOLIGN® composite and PEEK-CLASSIX™ polymer for the development of long- and short-term implantable medical devices.

    For more information, please contact Invibio at: 866 46
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