Spinal implants are devices surgeons use to treat deformity, stabilize and strengthen the spine and facilitate fusion. Implants can treat conditions, such as:
- Degenerative disc disease
About Spinal Implants
Implants are made of materials that are body-friendly and capable of providing optimal spinal stabilization and strength. Implants are made from different materials such as titanium, titanium-alloy, stainless steel and plastics. Titanium implants are strong, lightweight and can undergo MRI scans.
Implants may be classified as fusion and non-fusion.
Fusion implants are combined with bone grafts. Examples of fusion implants include:
- Interbody cages
UVA is among the first in the country to offer aprevo®, a fusion implant that is personalized for each individual patient.
Non-fusion implants are used without bone graft. Examples of non-fusion implants include:
- Growth sparing devices (used in children, who have not reached skeletal maturity)
- Artificial discs
Devices such as the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR) can treat scoliosis.
Types of Devices
Devices can be contoured to fit your anatomy. Many implants, such as cervical plates, are not bulky and lay flatter against the spine's anatomy. Pedicle screws may be coated with a material to stimulate fusion.
Our surgeons use implants that are the most suitable for each patient. We're also involved in the research and development of new implants.