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Impaction durability of porous PEEK and titanium-coated PEEK interbody fusion devices

OPEN The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society | 26 Jan 2018

FB Torstrick, BS Klosterhoff, LE Westerlund, KT Foley, J Gochuico, CSD Lee, K Gall and DL Safranski
Abstract
Various surface modifications, often incorporating roughened or porous surfaces, have recently been introduced to enhance osseointegration of interbody fusion devices. However, these topographical features can be vulnerable to damage during clinical impaction. Despite the potential negative impact of surface damage on clinical outcomes, current testing standards do not replicate clinically relevant impaction loading conditions.
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