MATRIX Stapes Prosthesis
HIGHLY COMPLEX STRUCTURES
The latest studies* concerning the incus show that especially the cross-section, geometry, and size of the auditory ossicle can vary enormously from person to person and be highly complex. KURZ has addressed this challenge by developing stapes prostheses with a perforated loop band.
Longitudinal perforations in the band ensure that the loop is extremely malleable and easy to model around the long process of the incus. Consequently, the coupling is simplified significantly and more uniform. The additional material surface of the MatriX band provides greater stability during the crimping process.
MINIMAL LOSS OF SOUND CONDUCTION
From an acoustomechanical viewpoint, there should be as little play as possible in the coupling area between the prosthesis and the incus. A more consistent crimp along with increased surface area helps to ensure that the incoming acoustic signal is conducted to the inner ear with minimal loss. To counteract a potential necrosis risk to the sensitive mucosa the coupling should not be too firm either.
This product has been developed in close collaboration with Jack Kartush, MD, Michigan Ear Institute, Bloomfield, MI, USA.
*Tóth, M., Moser, G., Rösch, S., Grabmair, G., & Rasp, G. (2013). Anatomic Parameters of the Long Process of Incus for Stapes Surgery. Otology & Neurotology, 34(9):1564-1570.