The first LfC’s 3D-Frame-Ti implant was the CarЯLIF (Carving Round Lumbar Interbody Fusion) – it is the first 3D printed, curved spinal cage worldwide. The clinical implantation started in the year 2011.
This cage combines the fusion enhancing features of the 3D-Truss-Ti structure together with the precision of insertion and placement provided by the unique “carving guides”. It is still the “flagship” implant of the whole CarЯLIF-family – a group of implants based on 3D-Truss-Ti Electron Beam Technology – which have been first time applied for spinal implant by LfC.
Those implants constitute a new significant step in spine surgery due to their special function enchancing new trend in surgical treatment of spine:
“Bridging of spine” with 3D-Truss- Ti construction
FEATURES & BENEFITS
At the end of the 20th century, technologies stemming from aero-spacial engineering enabled a whole world of new possibilities in 3D architecture, and were transmited by LfC to the field of spinal implants. Electron beam melting (EBT-Electron Beam Technology) of Ti-alloy powder with over 2000 deg. C in a vacuum chamber – that is the essence of hi-tech need for creation of new generation 3D-implants. Apart from the structure itself, which favors bone ingrowth within the special cells, the design also enables a better osteointegration mechanism reducing fusion time by approximately 40-50 percent and more. This new phenomenon was studied and called „Ivy-like mechanism, L.C.” as a metaphor for mimic way of the natural growth of ivy climbing along the specially made rough surface of truss design.