FleX SN-CSC: What is it?

FleX SN-CSC is a porous version of our silicon nitride ceramic. It meets the same biomedical criteria FleX SN-MC2, meaning it is biocompatible, bioactive, and has shown bacterial resistance and superb bone affinity4. When used to make spinal fusion implants, FleX SN-CSC has the flexibility of a dense, porous, or a combined architecture that can mimic the cortical-cancellous structure of bone.

WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT?

Like FleX SN-MC2, FleX SN-CSC is the only porous silicon nitride material with a history of experimental and clinical data (more than 130 peer-reviewed publications) to support its use inside the body. It is also the only silicon nitride material used in FDA-cleared medical implants.

Beneficial Properties of Silicon Nitride (FleX SN-CSC):

  • Material phase stability44
  • Hydrophilicity45
  • Bacterial resistance46,11
  • Favorable imaging47
  • Osteoconductivity6,7,12
  • Osteoinductivity13,49
FLex SN-CSC

Silicon Nitride Applications

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Spinal Implants

With over 40,000 human spine implantations over the past 10 years and a very low percentage of reported adverse events, FleX SN-CSC has an excellent safety record. It is biocompatible, bioactive, and has shown bacterial resistance and superb bone affinity4.

Foot Osteotomy & Fusion

Foot osteotomy procedures are performed to address fractures, bunions, hammertoe, or flat foot conditions. In these procedures, bone is cut and reshaped to alleviate pain. Implant materials are used to facilitate bone fusion.

Silicon nitride has the flexibility of a dense, porous, or combined architecture that can mimic the cortical-cancellous structure of bone18,20,21. This characteristic combined with numerous other benefits, such as antibacterial resistance, make silicon nitride a strong consideration as an implant material in this application.
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