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Aesculap XP offers Titanium to protect and preserve spinal stability

Our work in the field of degenerative spinal disorders is dedicated to protect the spinal column and preserve its stability. We support spine surgeons with durable, reliable products and partner services for safe procedures and outstanding clinical outcomes. Our philosophy of sharing expertise with healthcare professionals and patients allows us to develop innovative implant and instrument systems that help to preserve stability and stabilize the cervical and thoracolumbar spine.

Built on eXPerience

Aesculap, as a pioneer in the manufacture of high-quality hip implants, introduced the Plasmapore titanium coating on the Bicontact hip prosthesis as early as 1986. In 1995, Aesculap introduced the first Plasmapore-coated titanium implant for posterior fusion – the PROSPACE Titanium. The Aesculap XP product line is therefore the result of 20 years of innovation in spinal column technology and over 30 years of successful use of the Plasmapore coating on titanium orthopaedic and spinal implants.1,2

eXPanding possibilities

The excellent experiences with the Plasmapore coating on titanium implants1,2 provided the impetus  for thinking of new material compositions as well. Combining the Plasmapore coating with a PEEK-OPTIMA3 core was a big technical challenge we undertook to bring together the advantages of both technologies in a single product. In a complex procedure, the cores of all Aesculap XP products are coated on the top and bottom, as well as on the side surfaces, with Plasmapore XP, a porous, osteoconductive and biocompatible pure titanium coating.4,5

[1] Ateschrang A, Weise K, Weller S, Stöckle U, de Zwart P, Ochs BG. Long-term results using the straight tapered femoral cementless hip stem in total hip arthroplasty: A minimum of twenty-year follow-up. The Journal of Arthroplasty. 2014; 29:1559-65.

[2] Kroppenstedt S, Gulde M, Schönmayr R. Radiological comparison of instrumented posterior lumbar interbody fusion with one or two closed-box plasmapore coated titanium cages: follow-up study over more than seven years. Spine (Phila Pa1976). 2008 Sep 1;33(19):2083-8.

[3] PEEK-OPTIMA® is a registered trademark of Invibio Ltd.

[4] Aesculap AG, BTC Biological Test Center. Evaluation of the local and systemic reaction to a Plasmapore XP® coated implant in the distal femora of new zealand white rabbits. Final Report 2011.

[5] Cheng, Boyle. Biomechanical pullout strength and histology of Plasmapore XP® Coated Implants: Ovine multi time point survival study. Aesculap Implant Systems, Whitepaper. 2013 (ART 129).