Welcome to where the PEEK biomaterials revolution began
Plastic Machining Inc. Life Science Grades (LSG) are designed specifically for the Medical, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology markets. They save OEM’s the time and costs associated with biocompatibility testing and regulatory approvals.
Medical metal parts have been used successfully for many years. However, they are not without their challenges – from breakage and screw loosening to accelerated degeneration at adjacent segments. The high stiffness inherent with all-metal constructs are believed to contribute to these clinical challenges and negatively impact patient outcomes.
In response, surgeons have indicated that a range of PEEK components would benefit patients. PEEK material machined from PMI are increasingly being used as an alternative in the medical field these challenges. These semi-rigid constructs bridge the gap between very stiff metal components, screw, and dynamic stabilization constructs. For more than a decade, PEEK Polymers from PMI have been utilized in medical procedures, predominantly in the form of load-bearing cases. Today, PEEK is the most popular biomaterial for interbody fusion devices for several reasons:
- Mechanical strength
- Modulus similar to cortical bone
- Imaging compatibility
- Fatigue resistance