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High-performance Polymers for Orthopedic Implantable Devices and Surgical Procedures

Solvay offers the broadest selection of high-performance, medical-grade thermoplastics for limited exposure applications having less than 24 hours contact with bodily fluids and tissue. Solvay also offers Zeniva® PEEK and other Solviva® Biomaterials for long-term exposure applications that are in contact for more than 24 hours.

As a leading supplier of Specialty Polymers for Healthcare for over 30 years, we also offer the technical and regulatory support that medical device manufacturers need from a trusted partner.

Solvay’s Zeniva® PEEK Enables a Durable All-Polymer Knee Implant from Okani

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Okani Medical Technology, a China-based pioneer in artificial joint applications, developed its ORGKnee™ all-polymer knee implant, which leverages Solvay’s Zeniva® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) for the femoral and tibial tray components. Test simulations of the implant indicate that Solvay’s material helped reduce wear by 50 percent versus a metal implant as measured by material loss over 3 million cycles.  (Photo courtesy of Okani Medical Technology)

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Okani will detail these findings and others in two presentations scheduled for Monday, March 12 in Room Celestin D-E during the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) 2018 Annual Meeting  |  Download the program 

  • Session 29 on Osteolysis and Adverse Soft Tissue Reaction
    10:25 am:  Peek Knee: In-Vivo and In-Vitro Studies
  • Session 39 on Implant Materials 
    2:35 pm:  In Vitro Effects of the Wear Particles of Highly Cross-Linked Polyethylene, Polyether-Ether-Ketone, and Cobalt-ChromiumMolybdenum on Serum Cytokine Profiles and T-Cell Responses

Okani selected Zeniva® PEEK for the material’s success in spinal implant applications, as well as Solvay’s reputation for partnering with highly innovative medical device companies. Similar orthopedic applications announced by Solvay include: 

 

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Solvay’s Ixef® PARA Enables ECA’s Single-Use Surgical Instrument Set for Use in One- and Two-Level Cervical Spine Implant Procedures

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Solvay’s high-performance Ixef® polyarylamide (PARA) resin enabled ECA Medical Instruments to develop its Cervical-One™ single-use surgical instrument set for use in one- and two-level cervical spine implant procedures. Compared to reusable metal instruments, ECA’s single-use instruments can eliminate reprocessing costs, enhance operating room efficiency, streamline hospital and ASC inventory management, and play a significant role in eliminating the root causes of surgical site infections. (Photo courtesy of ECA Medical Instruments).

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Compared to reusable instrumentation, single-use instrument systems like ECA’s can eliminate reprocessing costs, enhance operating room efficiency, streamline hospital and ASC inventory management, and play a significant role in eliminating the root causes of surgical site infections. 

Despite concerns that single-use surgical instruments may have a negative impact on the environment vs. reusable metal tools, a study Solvay conducted in conjunction with Medacta International and Swiss Climate countered these perceptions. Read more about the study.

See other recent announcements about Ixef® PARA: