Injection-molded of titanium foam, the implants are pre-attached to disposable, composite polymer instruments.
SAN DIEGO — Surgical implant maker Xenco Medical launched what are reported to be the first injection-molded, titanium-foam spinal implants pre-attached to disposable, composite polymer delivery instruments. The CancelleX porous titanium lumbar interbodies are inspired by cancellous bone. Featuring interconnected porosity throughout each implant, they break new ground in the application of injection molding to the manufacturing of titanium spinal implants, Xenco Medical said in a release.
Designed to promote bone apposition and facilitate vascularization, the bio-inspired titanium foam implants are said to offer high compressive strength, a remarkable strength-to-weight ratio, and excellent biocompatibility, as well as the ability to produce capillary action throughout their structure. The titanium foam interbodies were developed by leveraging advanced manufacturing technology, according to Xenco Medical.
The disposable Xenco Medical instruments, attached to each titanium foam implant, are unlike traditional instruments that are reused in hundreds of patients until a mechanical failure occurs. Instead, the disposable instruments are optimally calibrated and sterile-packaged for patient-specific use.
“Optimized for energy absorption and bone ingrowth, the interconnected network of pores that permeate each CancelleX porous titanium implant serve to achieve bone-like mechanical properties,” said Xenco Medical Founder and CEO Jason Haider, in a statement.
Developed to streamline the surgical supply chain, Xenco Medical’s single-use instruments and corresponding spinal implants are lightweight and easily transportable. The composite polymer instrument and titanium foam implants are locked together in each sterile package. They are designed to increase efficiency in the operating room and eliminate the internal logistics associated with the autoclave process, according to the company.
Xenco Medical (www.xencomedical.com) said in the release that it is “committed to disruptive innovation for the purposes of creating a safer surgical environment.” Through its line of disposable, sterile-packaged spinal systems, the company said that it “seeks to ensure that the outcome of spine surgeries reflect the ability of the surgeons rather than the limitations of their instruments.”