The PEEK-OPTIMA derived Patient Specific Implant (PSI) technology extends the range of patient/surgeon benefits beyond those of medical-grade titanium, the traditional biomaterial used for cranio-maxillofacial PSIs. The MUMC+ process uses CAD software to design the PSI to the individual cranio-maxillofacial contours of the patient. The customized implants are produced on-site, using a high speed milling fabrication process.
According to Maikel Beerens, who initially designed and now markets IDEEs (Instrument Development Engineering and Evaluation) patient specific implants, PEEK-OPTIMAs material characteristics and performance properties provide valuable surgeon/patient benefits that include:
- Ideal biological properties very comparable to bone;
- No stress shielding;
- No conductibility of temperature;
- Separation of PEEK from surrounding bone, which ensures the initial position of the implant
- Proven biocompatibility and biostability,
- Natural radiolucency and compatibility with medical imaging to monitor site healing
The patients own removed bone segments are always the first choice for implantation. However, unfortunately only a few of those re-implantations succeed, leaving the patient with a defect. To reconstruct this defect in the best way possible the surgeon uses a patient specific implant.
Although the use of PEEK is relatively new in the case of cranial implants, Invibios PEEK-OPTIMA is proven with over 10 years of history in a wide variety of different regulatory approved devices. Their verified biocompatibility and biostability is crucial for surgeons when choosing materials, commented Peter Kessler (chair professor, Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, MUMC+).
The novel cranio-maxillofacial implant technology was co-developed by Maastricht University Medical Centres engineering department IDEE, the Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery and Maastricht Instruments.