AS Advanced Surface is an innovative coating for knee implants to improve mechanical properties and biocompatibility of knee systems.
The zirconium nitride top coat yields superior surface hardness that is unmatched in the market place. The wear rate is reduced by up to 65% compared to standard implants. This ceramic surface layer stands for improved scratch resistance, good wettability and for better articulation between bearing surfaces.
Unlike monolayer coatings, the AS 7-layer coating has a buffer zone which compensates the changes in surface hardness and results in more resilient product resembling elastic properties. Additionally the transition layers act as an effective metal ion barrier, thus ideal for patients with metal hypersensitivity.
A powerful bond coating between the base material and subsequent layers ensure strong adhesion.
All Aesculap knee system’s polyethylenes are sterilized under Beta radiation which uses higher concentrated, lower penetrating radiation levels for reduced oxidation yielding better wear results.
Sharkey et al: “Improved Polyethylene or alternative bearing surfaces can certainly diminish the failure rate after knee arthroplasty.”
Better long term results
The AS coating in combination with Beta-PE yields superior performance. Better long term results can be expected.
Up to 65% reduced wear rates
Allergy prevention through effective metal ion barrier by 7 layer coating
Biocompatibility and improved wettability
Unmatched Hardness and thus improved scratch resistance