J. Kenneth Burkus, MD, Hughston Clinic Spine Surgeon, appears on front cover of Spinal News International.

Columbus, Georgia – April 26, 2017- J. Kenneth Burkus, MD, Hughston Clinic Spine Surgeon, appears on front cover of Spinal News International.

Kenneth Burkus, MD, is on the cover of Spinal News International (Saturday, 22 April 2017 edition) with colleagues after he presented new research, on how porous PEEK demonstrates greater osseintegration than micro-textured titanium and how it may prove to be a clinically viable alternative for interbody implants. Polyetheretherketone, or PEEK, is a colorless organic thermoplastic that has many potential medical uses. The virtues of PEEK, as a material for spinal implants, are well documented in the medical literature. Researchers have found that the material has similar strength and stiffness to bone and its radiolucency, or transparency, makes surgical sites easy to see on x-rays. Dr. Burkus and his co-researchers used in vitro and in vivo testing to discover how bone would respond to smooth-surface PEEK, porous PEEK, and micro-textured titanium plasma-coated PEEK. Dr. Burkus presented their research findings at the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery (ISASS17; April 12-14 in Boca Raton, FL. The meeting was attended by spine specialist from around the world.

Porous PEEK demonstrates greater osseintegration than micro-textured titanium