Amber Implants is a medical technology company located in the Netherlands, with a focus on the design and manufacturing of spinal implants with porous structures using Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology.
The company has extensive knowledge about the mechanical behavior of porous biomaterials created with AM techniques that will be used to create unique solutions for spinal and other orthopedic disorders in close collaboration with Technical University of Delft, Utrecht Hospital University and many other European research institutes.
VCFix: A more effective solution to Vertebral Compression Fracture
One of the most common degenerative conditions affecting the spine is vertebral compression fracture, or VCF. A VCF occurs when a vertebra in the spinal column fractures or collapses. It often occurs due to osteoporosis and low bone density in older patients, but can also be caused by trauma, tumor or other bone diseases. VCF affects around 1.4 million patients globally every year.
Amber Implants has developed a revolutionary Vertebral Body Augmentation (VBA) implants to improve pain control and stabilize the spine in patients suffering from VCF, with the trademark of VCFix.
The uniqueness of the design of VCFix resides in these components:
(I) Able to secure and reinforce the vertebra without using polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) bone cement and, therefore, to avoid all the complications of VBA related to PMMA.
(II) A complex 3D printed titanium structure to maximize stimulate bone ingrowth. Using this property, the bone will go through a more natural healing process and provide more stability to the device over time.
In situ adjustment of the height and the angle allowing expansion of the fractured vertebral body in the cranial direction to realign the vertebral endplates and correct the local kyphotic angle, which is defined by the intersection of the superior and inferior endplates. Therefore, alignment of the spinal column (regional angle, commonly referred to as the Cobb angle) may be restored, and as a result, each patient’s posture is corrected.
At Amber Implants, we are determined to minimize the complications of the treatment for patients with spinal disorders with our novel and revolutionary expandable porous implants.