What makes a fusion surgery successful?


The purpose of a fusion is to meld, or fuse, two or more unstable vertebrae together in order to relieve symptoms of instability and degeneration. Surgeons will often use surgical implants to help stabilize the vertebrae as the fusion is taking place, including screws, rods, and small devices called interbody cages that go between the vertebral bodies.

Traditional interbody devices are meant to restore the spacing between the vertebrae and serve as a place to hold a material called bone graft that helps the fusion to occur. But that’s about all traditional cages can do.

Now, Titan Spine is pioneering the application of surface technology in spinal fusion with its proprietary implant surface treatment, designed to actively participate in the fusion process.

This enables Titan’s Endoskeleton implants to potentially support faster healing and a stronger and more solid fusion1.

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References:

  1. R Olivares-Navarrete et al. Osteoblasts exhibit a more differentiated phenotype and increased bone morphogenetic production on titanium alloy substrates than poly-ether-ether-ketone. The Spine Journal (March 2012, v. 12, p. 265-272)