Stryker – one of the global leaders in medical technologies announced in an official release that its Spine Division received U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its Tritanium TL Curved Posterior Lumbar Cage – a 3D-printed intervertebral body fusion device intended for use as an aid in lumbar fixation.
A hollow-shaped implant, the TL Curved Posterior Lumbar Cage is made of a unique configuration consisting of solid and porous structure. These structures are built using AMagine. AMagine is Stryker’s proprietary approach, in which the company uses additive manufacturing technology to create implants.
The Tritanium TL Cage also features Stryker’s Tritanium Technology – a new highly porous titanium material which has been found to facilitate bone ingrowth and biological fixation. A study has shown that such in-growth technology can facilitate the infiltration of osteoblasts or bone cells and can even lead to their proliferation. The unique porous structure of the cage also creates an environment conducive for cell attachment.
In addition, the Tritanium material also has an increased capacity to retain fluid in comparison to conventional titanium material. The Tritanium TL cage along with the Tritanium PL cage now offers alternative posterior lumbar solutions for spinal surgeons.
Speaking about the latest addition to their Tritanium portfolio, Bradley Paddok, President of Stryker’s Spine Division said, “The Tritanium TL Cage is the latest addition to our highly successful Tritanium portfolio, which has been embraced by spinal surgeons nationwide”.
“The TL cage is accompanied by a new Anterior Placement System that is designed for versatility and procedural flexibility. From instrumentation ergonomics and visualization, to a simplified technique with tactile feedback, Tritanium TL’s Anterior Placement System and cage design redefine implant steerability for surgeons,” Paddock added.
The Tritanium TL Cage by Stryker will be available to surgeons in Q2 2018. Surgeons can get this cage in a broad range of footprints, heights, and lordotic angles to suit individual patient’s anatomy.