Cost-Effective Implant Does Not Slide; Would Improve Patient Comfort
This non-sliding spinal implant will lead to better health outcomes while lowering the cost of back surgery. A wide variety of screws, plates, and cages have been used in spinal surgeries, with limited success. Undesired movement or breakage of these parts can cause intense back pain and necessitate additional surgeries. Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a non-sliding spinal implant that overcomes wear-related (tribological) problems associated with complex multi-component designs. This simplified implant, which is less likely to break or slip, is designed to maximize patients' flexibility and comfort. The U.S. spinal-implant market is expected to reach $6.6 billion by 2021.
ApplicationA simplified non-sliding spinal implant that prevents wear-related (tribological) problems to improve patient health outcomes
- Comprised of only one part, resulting in an elegant and cost-effective design
- Prevents wear by removing sliding interfaces, improving long-term success in the body
- Allows for a fuller range of motion, providing flexibility similar to that of natural vertebrae