Orthopedics: Advanced materials for orthopedic solutions
DSM materials are helping medical device manufacturers and clinicians overcome many challenges in orthopedics through biomaterials that set the bar in biocompatibility, biostability and wear resistance. Our biomaterials are key in sports medicine, where strength and material integrity are essential. And our polymers used in medical devices assist in bringing flexibility to the spine, helping restore motion in patients who’ve undergone back surgery.
Replacing and restoring joints
Orthopedic surgeons count on incorporation of DSM materials in a wide range of orthopedic applications, including joint repair and replacement; motion preservation; ACL reconstruction; and rotator cuff, cartilage and meniscus repair. Many medical device manufacturers use our polymers to give their products exceptional strength, biostability and better clinical performance. This makes us the natural choice when developing next-generation devices.
Restoring natural function
Dyneema Purity® fiber is the leading material for use in orthopedic sutures because our unique formulation provides uncompromising strength and minimizes impact on surrounding tissue. Everyday and in millions of patients each year, Dyneema Purity® fiber is used in sutures to restore and preserve the body’s natural biomechanics – and accelerate patient recovery.
Our materials are also instrumental in more than 50 different spinal procedures, where customized, malleable materials used in medical devices can preserve motion. Medical device companies focused on motion preservation have used our proven polyurethanes to develop products with a better range of motion and shock absorption than traditional fusion therapy allows.
Helping device manufacturers, clinicians and patients
Medical device manufacturers also look to us for our bench-to-market capability and ability to deliver customized material solutions that can assist in getting their products to market faster. Our broad range of materials enables device manufacturers to broaden their horizons to develop innovative devices: From creating smaller yet strong devices; to low-profile devices delivered through less invasive procedures that speed recovery time and shorten hospital stays. As a result, patients can regain mobility and normal functionality, while hospitals are better placed to contain costs.
Biomedical fibers for:
- Arthroscopic procedures
- Cerclage cables
- Ligament fixation
- Meniscus tears
- Rotator cuff damage
- Soft tissue applications
- Spinal stability
- Implants for joint reconstruction (hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist and ankle)
- Motion preservation devices for the spine
- Total disc replacement devices
Drug delivery systems for:
- Delivery of pain, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial drugs
- Bionate® and Bionate® II thermoplastic polycarbonate-urethane
- BioSpan® segmented polyurethane
- CarboSil® thermoplastic silicone-polycarbonate-urethane
- Elasthane™ thermoplastic polyether-urethane