23 Apr Bioplastics for science: PEEK implants
PEEK is a high temperature plastic, considered within bioplastics as an advanced biomaterial with ideal performances for manufacturing implants, due to its extreme resistance and relative inertia in the biological environment. With the PEEK plastic spinal implants, orthopedic implants or arthroplasty are manufactured that improve the health and quality of life of millions of people.
For many years, the biocompatibility of high-temperature PEEK plastic has been scientifically proven, becoming a valued substitute for metals in implants and a novel material in flexible arthroplasty implants.
The bioplastics has opened a wide range of possibilities in the design of implants, because in addition to being compatible in the biological environment, it is relatively inert and 100% resistant.
PEEK orthopedic implants
The first orthopedic implants were made with metal plates, which caused various difficulties when the materials corroded. Over the years, the metal was replaced by stainless steel, material that was later found to damage the bones near the implant.
The scientific solution was the use of an anticorrosive and inert plastic material, which does not cause any of these problems or any other, which has been cataloged as a bioactive material of great future in the field of implants and orthopedics.
PEEK spinal implants
PEEK column implants have been used for many years with successful results, they have had a great impact on the development of implants for the spine due to the previously exposed characteristics. Given its success and effectiveness that has been maintained over the years, noted by the health of patients and their complete insensitivity to the implants used, the field of PEEK implants is considered to be very future, being studied today as a biomaterial that can improve the quality of life of millions of patients.