Bicondylar Knee Implant System Incorporates PEEK-Optima CFR Polymer to Prevent Dislocation
A biocompatible polymer from Invibio is utilised as a bearing material for the axle bearings in a rotational knee system from Aesculap. The material is used to provide wear and cold flow resistance and dimensional stability.
Developed to combat the predominant causes of knee implant failure, luxation, wear and malpositioning associated with metal components, Aesculap's EnduRo knee revision system relies on PEEK-Optima carbon fiber-reinforced (CFR) polymer to increase the implant service life and reduce the necessity of subsequent revision surgery. Through use of PEEK-Optima CFR polymer, the service life of the EnduRo knee implant system’s rotational hinge mechanisms matches that of established primary condylar implants, according to the company.
The EnduRo knee implant from Aesculap
"Aesculap and Invibio have benefited from a long, mutually beneficial relationship based on sharing expertise and knowledge. It was through technical expertise, an understanding of our requirements and a long history of proven biocompatibility and implantation success that Invibio was able to provide us with an exceptional solution," says Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Ulf Grimm, Aesculap Product Manager for Knee Endoprostheses. "Throughout this process Invibio has provided valuable processing support and a manufacturing network with the flexibility and scope to meet our device and time targets,” Grimm adds. “Working with Invibio provided us with both a material and processing solution package that enabled our accelerated time to market requirement.”
The EnduRo knee implant is used in the treatment of severe bone defects and insufficiency of the ligamented apparatus. It has been commercially available in Europe since January 2010 and received US FDA 510(k) clearance in December 2010.