RTI Surgical (RTIX) introduced TETRAfuse® technology, reportedly the first 3D-printed polymer implant material to demonstrate trabecular bone ingrowth plus radiolucency and bone-like mechanical properties. TETRAfuse-based products are forthcoming.
“The 3D printing process creates a nano-rough surface on every aspect of the implant, not just the endplates,” noted Robert Watkins IV, M.D. of Marina Spine Center. “This nano-rough surface facilitates bony ingrowth throughout the disc space from endplate to endplate, allowing deeper implant osseointegration.”
This is the first spine-related news we've heard from RTIX since 4Q16, when the company announced FDA 510(k) clearance for expanded indications of the C-Plus™ PEEK Interbody Fusion and the Streamline OCT Occipito-Cervico-Thoracic systems.
Sources: RTI Surgical Inc.; ORTHOWORLD Inc.