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Orthofix launches WaveForm A 3D printed Anterior Lumbar Interbody

Integrating with the company’s Meridian ALIF system for treating patients in need of fusion due to degenerative disc disease

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Orthofix Medical Inc., a leading global spine and orthopedics company, has launched the WaveForm A interbody for Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) procedures. The WaveForm A interbody seamlessly integrates with the company’s Meridian ALIF system for treating patients in need of fusion due to degenerative disc disease. The proprietary wave-like design of the WaveForm A interbody provides a balance of strength, porosity, and stability, with a large implant graft aperture for bone graft material to aid in creating an osteoinductive environment to optimize supplemental fixation procedures.

Orthofix launches WaveForm A 3D printed Anterior Lumbar Interbody for treating patients in need of fusion due to degenerative disc disease.
Orthofix’s 3D printed WaveForm A interbody for ALIF procedures.

“Implant design and surface technology play a vital role in the bone growth process during fusion,” said Dr. Neil Arif Tayyab, orthopedic spine surgeon at Girard Orthopaedic Surgeons, in San Diego, CA. “Newer designs such as the WaveForm A interbody can help stimulate a better bone growth response and give me greater confidence that the patient will have a successful fusion.”

The Orthofix’s Meridian ALIF system is a modular instrument and implant system designed to help streamline ALIF procedures by providing diverse fixation options for single and multilevel ALIFs in a reduced number of trays. Meridian is compatible with both the WaveForm A interbody and the company’s Reef A interbody featuring its proprietary NanoMetalene surface technology and Reef Topography. With the launch of WaveForm A, the Meridian system can more completely address the reportedly approximately $200 million ALIF market segment in the US.

The Orthofix’s 3D printed WaveForm A implants feature WaveForm technology, a repeating and continuous wave-like structure. WaveForm was created to withstand high compressive loads while delivering an endplate porosity that maximizes the potential for early stabilization. This balance of strength to porosity offers increased opportunity for bone packing, decreased stiffness profile, and enhanced imaging properties.

“Our Meridian ALIF system integrates the most advanced technologies into our surgical sets, minimizing the need for multiple instrument sets during the procedure,” said Kevin Kenny, President of Global Spine. “The WaveForm A interbody is an exciting addition to our portfolio of solutions for ALIF procedures and enables us to provide a more streamlined option so surgeons can do more for their patients.”

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