The system is designed for use in the thoracolumbar spine to replace a collapsed, damaged, or unstable vertebral body. This advancement was the result of a three-way collaboration between Omnia Medical, JALEX Medical (product development and regulatory activities), and Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, which pioneered medical PEEK.
“Omnia Medical VBR is an intuitive device that is easy for the surgeon to use, and the benefits of hydroxyapatite incorporated into the structure of the implant is a real advance for our patients as it potentially offers improved outcomes," said Robert Gewirtz, M.D., a neurosurgeon in Columbus, Ohio. "I am happy that I was able to partner in this collaboration to help bring the product to market.”
The single-use device is available in two footprints and allows fine adjustments of height and lordosis using spacers and endplates. It features a hollow center and holes to accommodate autograft or allograft while encouraging formation of new bone and includes anti-migration features.
In PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced, Hydroxyapatite (HA), a well-known osteoconductive material that enhances bone apposition, is fully integrated into the polymer matrix, and not simply coated. Invibio´s enhanced biomaterial offers all the clinical advantages of PEEK OPTIMA Natural including a modulus similar to cortical bone, reduced stress shielding and artifact-free imaging that allows for clear fusion assessment. It has been shown to improve bone apposition compared to unfilled PEEK-OPTIMA Natural in a pre-clinical ovine model at four weeks and 12 weeks,1 and also demonstrated performance advantages in a pre-clinical cervical spine fusion model in sheep at six and 12 weeks.2 In addition, as observed by surgeons, early clinical results have shown solid fusions with dense bone apposition at six months and beneficial clinical outcomes for patients, revealing specific improvements in overall pain and neurological function,3 when a PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced interbody fusion device was used.
Steve Anderson, Vice President of Marketing at Omnia Medical, said, “We are happy to be the first to be granted FDA 510(k) clearance for a vertebral body replacement (VBR) system manufactured from PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced biomaterial. This material combination is a great option for the VBR application due to the large amount of natural anatomy removed during the procedure. Working with JALEX Medical and Invibio Biomaterial Solutions was an excellent experience and will hopefully enable surgeons and patients to benefit from the new solutions.”
Omnia Medical is an orthopedic implant company based in Morgantown, W.V., that was created by engineers and industry professionals. The company offers a full line of implants, including spine, total joints, and trauma.
1. Study evaluated the in vivo response to PEEK-OPTIMA Natural and PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced in a large animal model. Data on file at Invibio. This has not been correlated with human clinical experience.
2. Study evaluated the in vivo response to PEEK-OPTIMA Natural, PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced and allograft in a cervical spine fusion model in sheep. Data on file at Invibio. This has not been correlated with human clinical experience.
3. Testimonials presented have been provided by participating orthopedic surgeons. Their view and experience are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of others. Invibio disclaims any liabilities or loss in connection with the information herein.