Spinal Polymer Implants Coated With Bioactive Film to Improve Bonding With Bone, North Carolina State University Study
Published: Feb 20, 2013
Researchers from North Carolina State University have for the first time successfully coated polymer implants with a bioactive film. The discovery should improve the success rate of such implants - which are often used in spinal surgeries. The polymer used in these implants, called PEEK, does not bond well with bone or other tissues in the body. This can result in the implant rubbing against surrounding tissues, which can lead to medical complications and the need for additional surgeries.