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RTI Surgical launches first 3D printed polymer-based interbody device

Published 26 October 2017

Global surgical implant company RTI Surgical has launched Fortilink-C IBF System with TETRAfuse 3D technology.

The Fortilink-C system is the first in a family of devices to incorporate RTI Surgical’s TETRAfuse 3D Technology.

“TETRAfuse 3D Technology combines the best characteristics of titanium, allograft bone and PEEK – all in one package,” said Grigory Goldberg, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Princeton, N.J. “The Fortilink-C system represents a revolutionary new step in the future of spine surgery.”

The Fortilink-C IBF System is the first 3D printed polymer-based, cervical interbody device to incorporate macro, micro and nano-rough features on the entire implant surface— not just on the endplate surfaces.

The Fortilink-C device is designed to allow bony ingrowth on all implant surfaces while maintaining radiolucent and bone-like mechanical properties that surgeons expect.

“The Fortilink-C system has ushered in a new beginning for cervical fusion cages – we have gone from iliac crest to cadaver bone to PEEK and titanium, and now, Fortilink-C IBF System with TETRAfuse 3D Technology,” said Richard E. Nussbaum, M.D. an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Sherman Oaks, CA and the first surgeon to implant a Fortilink-C device.

 “The enhanced implant design increases the surface area and, in an animal model, shows greater circumferential bony ingrowth1.”

“Fortilink-C IBF System demonstrates RTI Surgical’s commitment to advancing technologies and delivering innovative clinical solutions that meet the demands of our customers while improving the lives of patients,” said Camille Farhat, RTI chief executive officer. “

RTI Surgical is a leading global surgical implant company providing surgeons with safe biologic, metal and synthetic implants. Committed to delivering a higher standard, RTI’s implants are used in sports medicine, general surgery, spine, orthopedic, trauma and cardiothoracic procedures and are distributed in nearly 50 countries.

 RTI is headquartered in Alachua, Fla., and has four manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. and Europe.



Source: Company Press Release