Orthofix (NSDQ:OFIX) announced today that it launched and implanted the first 3D-printed Forza Ti PLIF spacer system in the U.S.
Lewisville, Texas-based Orthofix’s 3D-printed Forza Ti posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) spacer system uses the company’s Nanovate technology to comprise a titanium lumbar interbody device that allows the bone to grow into and through the spacer, according to a news release.
Orthofix touts features of the Forza Ti system that include a large open graft window for packing bone-grafting material, a bulleted nose to assist with distraction and 3D-printed porous titanium with macro, micro and nanoscale surface features.
Additionally, the system includes a nanoscale surface proven to increase proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity in human stem cells in vitro, as well as a functional gradient porous structure with 80% porosity at the midline of the implant to allow for increased fluoroscopic visualization.
The platform’s endplates have 400-micron pores and 50% porosity designed to help facilitate bone ingrowth, as well as interconnected gyroid structures analogous in form to trabecular bone to provide an open, porous environment.
Forza Ti is now available in the U.S. through a targeted commercial release. The company received FDA 510(k) clearance for the system in April.
“The Forza Ti PLIF spacer system, featuring Orthofix’s unique Nanovate technology, is one of several new 3D-printed titanium products we have launched recently and highlights our commitment to delivering innovative solutions to the market,” Orthofix president of global spine Kevin Kenny said in the release. “The Forza Ti system is also ideal for use with our flagship Trinity Elite allograft with viable cells that supplies the essential components for new bone formation.”