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7th March 2018, Alpharetta, GA

Ixef PARA enables next-generation surgical instruments

Solvay Speciality Polymers, has announced that its high-performance Ixef polyarylamide (PARA) resin enabled ECA Medical Instruments to develop its Cervical-One single-use surgical instrument set for use in one and two level cervical spine implant procedures.

The novel Cervical-One kit includes the full complement of robust and ergonomically designed instruments needed by surgeons for cervical plate and interbody fixation, including precision torque-limiters and drivers. In addition to removing cost from individual instruments, the semi-custom design also empowers spinal implant OEMS to cost-effectively tailor or brand their own instrument set.

The novel Cervical-One kit includes the full complement of robust and ergonomically designed instruments needed by surgeons for cervical plate and interbody fixation, including precision torque-limiters and drivers. In addition to removing cost from individual instruments, the semi-custom design also empowers spinal implant OEMS to cost-effectively tailor or brand their own instrument set. © Solvay

Compared to reusable instrumentation, ECA’s single-use instrument system can eliminate reprocessing costs, enhance operating room efficiency, streamline hospital and ASC inventory management, and play a significant role in eliminating the root causes of surgical site infections.

“When developing the Cervical-One platform, we required an engineered polymer that could withstand torsional, tamping and axial loads applied during the procedure,” said James Schultz, executive vice president for sales and marketing at ECA Medical Instruments.

“Ixef PARA delivers the robust mechanical performance needed for fixation of both cervical plates and screws and interbody devices. We also needed the tactile feel and weight and balance surgeons expect. Solvay’s collaborative support during the design process and proactive regulatory support – trusted throughout the industry – proved critical in reducing our time to market.”

Ixef PARA compounds offer metal-like strength, rigidity and dimensional stability, while providing an exceptional surface finish. Ixef PARA is optimized for sterilization using high-energy gamma radiation without significant change in appearance or performance and is available in a range of gamma-stabilized colours.  Solvay’s compounds have been evaluated for ISO 10993 limited duration biocompatibility and are supported by an FDA Master Access File (MAF).

“This successful collaboration combines the strengths of both ECA and Solvay – the two leaders in their respective fields,” said Jeff Hrivnak, business manager for Healthcare at Solvay’s Specialty Polymers global business unit. “As leading orthopaedic device manufacturers continue their early conversions to single use systems, we are confident that our combined critical mass and industry-relevant experience will deliver real value to potential and existing customers.”

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