Texas Back Institute debuts 3D-printed ALIF implant

Spinal Tech

Two spine surgeons with Plano-based Texas Back Institute debuted DeGen Medical's Solar AM implant, the medtech company said Sept. 18.

Peter Derman, MD, and Alexander Satin, MD, performed the first cases with the 3D-printed device, according to a news release. Solar AM is designed for anterior lumbar interbody fusions and comes in a variety of sizes and lordotic options. It uses DeGen Medical's proprietary PuriTI material, a 3D-printed titanium.

"Solar ALIF incorporates a proprietary additive manufacturing process and superior instrumentation that will be the new industry standard," Scott Blumenthal, MD, a spine surgeon with Texas Back Institute, said in the release. "The enhanced imaging characteristics compared to standard titanium implants is a major advantage by generating less image artifact."

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