Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) for medical applications

  • Ivan Vladislavov PanayotovEmail author
  • Valérie Orti
  • Frédéric Cuisinier
  • Jacques Yachouh
Clinical Applications of Biomaterials Review Article
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  1. Clinical Applications of Biomaterials


Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is a polyaromatic semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymer with mechanical properties favorable for bio-medical applications. Polyetheretherketone forms: PEEK-LT1, PEEK-LT2, and PEEK-LT3 have already been applied in different surgical fields: spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, maxillo-facial surgery etc. Synthesis of PEEK composites broadens the physicochemical and mechanical properties of PEEK materials. To improve their osteoinductive and antimicrobial capabilities, different types of functionalization of PEEK surfaces and changes in PEEK structure were proposed. PEEK based materials are becoming an important group of biomaterials used for bone and cartilage replacement as well as in a large number of diverse medical fields. The current paper describes the structural changes and the surface functionalization of PEEK materials and their most common biomedical applications. The possibility to use these materials in 3D printing process could increase the scientific interest and their future development as well.


Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Peek Cage Cervical Disc Disease Marginal Bone Loss 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivan Vladislavov Panayotov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Valérie Orti
    • 1
  • Frédéric Cuisinier
    • 1
  • Jacques Yachouh
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Bioingénierie et Nanosciences EA 4203, UFR OdontologieUniversité de MontpellierMontpellier Cedex 5France

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