Polymers supplier Solvay (Alpharetta, GA) announced today that the high stiffness, strength, gamma-sterilization resistance and biocompatibility of its Ixef polyarylamide (PARA) resin helped enable a new single-use instrument kit for anterior cervical fusion procedures. Developed by Intelligent Implant Systems, a medical device company specializing in solutions for spinal surgery, the Mediant Anterior Cervical Plating System leverages Solvay’s advanced polymer to help boost operating room efficiency, eliminate onsite sterile processing and reduce infection risk. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.
“The primary benefit of Solvay’s Ixef PARA in this application is its metal-like strength, which gives our single-use surgical instruments a very high level of performance without incurring the costs associated with machining metal and repeated steam sterilization,” said Marc Richelsoph, President and CEO of Intelligent Implant Systems. “Although PEI also offered viable options for our surgical tool kit, we specified Ixef GS-1022 PARA because its superior stiffness and moldability was essential for the kit’s instruments.” Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.
Ixef GS-1022 PARA forms the awl and pin-screwdriver handles, measuring caliper, and locking plier handles in the kit. The polymer’s impact resistance also eliminated the need for a metal strike plate that had been part of the awl’s early designs. This reduced the cost and simplified the manufacture and assembly of the instrument, further supporting the economics of single-use instruments. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.
Ixef GS-1022 PARA is available in a range of gamma-stabilized colors, including the signature green of the Mediant system’s tools. The polymer has been evaluated for ISO 10993 limited-duration biocompatibility and is supported by an FDA Master Access File, which helped streamline the kit’s navigation through regulatory approvals. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.
“Solvay was an early advocate of the healthcare industry’s shift toward single-use surgical instruments, and we sought to support customers by proactively developing a broad portfolio of biocompatible polymer alternatives to metal, complete with gamma-sterilized colors and master access files,” said Jeff Hrivnak, Business Manager for Healthcare at Solvay’s Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit. “Yet while the industry’s growing adoption of our advanced polymers validates this early insight, we derive much greater satisfaction in working closely with innovators like Intelligent Implant Systems to help achieve unique new designs for improving patient results.” Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.
Intelligent Implant Systems will feature the device during the North American Spine Society (NASS) meeting in Los Angeles on Sept. 26 to 29. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.