By: 15 October 2019
Trade tools – SIGNUS Medizintechnik GmbH

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ATHLET – The real winner!

Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) has become standard procedure for patients with spondylotic myelopathy due to multisegmental stenosis of the cervical canal. In addition to the fusion technique using autogenous bone grafts and titanium implants, synthetic polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages have been used increasingly during the last years. However, limited evidence on the clinical and radiological results of PEEK cages for ACCF exists in the literature. Latest studies have demonstrated that PEEK cages lead to equal clinical and radiological results and are a safe and effective alternative to titanium cages or autogenous bone graft for ACCF [1].

Also the shorter duration of surgery and term of postoperative stay support the thesis that PEEK cage is superior to iliac crest bone fusion.

Synthetic vertebral body replacement requires top performance. Our ATHLET (athlitis = Greek for “the contestant”) meets this challenge!

Its unique concept combines all required characteristics in one product, making it a real winner.


  1. C.Schulz, U.M. Mauer, R. Mathieu, Abt. Neurochirurgie, Bundeswehrkrankenhaus Ulm, Orthopäde DOI 10.1007/s00132-016-3345-7, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

ASCOT® – Anterior cervical stabilization

A cervical plating system must provide the cervical spine with the necessary stability, while at the same time being unobtrusively integrated into the biomechanical system of the cervical spine.

ASCOT achieves the balance between maximised stability and minimised stiffness and therefore allows for load-sharing with the bone to facilitate segmental fusion (Wolff’s law). With angular variability in its semi-rigid screw/plate connection, ASCOT is able to adapt to the changing anatomic situation over the course of the healing process. The integrated locking mechanism and self-drilling screws enable one-step screw placement and locking resulting in a system that is efficient to handle and safe to the patient.

Product-specific advantages

•  Thin plate design – Optimised load transmission – Minimised stress shielding.

• Narrow profile and generous fenestration – Unimpeded view of the intervertebral space.

•  Wide range of pre-lordosed mono – And poly-segmental plates – Optimal fit for a wide variety of patient anatomies – In most cases implantable without additional bending.

• Automatic locking mechanism (Covered by US Patent No.: 7,524,325. Altus Spine) – Reliable protection from screw back-out – Zero-step locking- Visible locking for optimal control.

• Semi-rigid design with large angular variability – Can be applied in a wide variety of anatomic situations – Supports physiological settling of the bone graft.

• Self-drilling screws – No need for pre-drilling and tapping.

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