ASTM F2423 - 11

    Standard Guide for Functional, Kinematic, and Wear Assessment of Total Disc Prostheses

    Active Standard ASTM F2423 | Developed by Subcommittee: F04.25

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.01


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    Significance and Use

    This guide can be used to determine the fatigue and wear behavior of IVD prostheses subjected to functional and kinematic cyclic loading/motion for relatively large numbers of cycles (for example, various designs of IVD prostheses, as well as the effects of materials, manufacturing techniques and other design variables on one particular design can be determined using this guide).

    This guide is intended to be applicable to IVD prostheses that support load and transmit motion by means of an articulating joint or by use of compliant materials. Ceramics, metals, or polymers, or combination thereof, are used in IVD prosthesis, and it is the goal of this guide to enable a kinematic wear and/or fatigue comparison of these devices, regardless of material and type of device.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides guidance for wear and/or fatigue testing of total disc prostheses under functional and kinematic conditions and, to this end, describes test methods for assessment of the wear or functional characteristics, or both, of total disc prostheses.

    1.2 Both lumbar and cervical prostheses are addressed.

    1.3 Load and kinematic profiles for lumbar and cervical devices are not identical and, therefore, are addressed separately in the guide.

    1.4 Partial disc replacements, such as nucleus replacements or facet joint replacements, are not intended to be addressed.

    1.5 Wear is assessed using a weight loss method in a testing medium as defined in this guide.

    1.6 This guide does not address any potential failure mode as it relates to the fixation of the implant to its bony interfaces.

    1.7 It is the intent of this guide to enable comparison of intervertebral disc (IVD) prostheses with regard to wear and fatigue characteristics when tested under the specified conditions. It must be recognized, however, that there are many possible variations in the in vivo conditions. A single laboratory simulation with a fixed set of parameters might not be universally representative.

    1.8 Most IVD prostheses primarily fall into two classifications: articulating ball-in-socket type prostheses, and elastomeric or compliant type prostheses. For the former, this guide primarily addresses Mode 1 wear (defined herein); whereas for the latter, this guide addresses potential failure of the prosthesis when the implant is subjected to a range of motion and/or loads that fall within the full range of possible physiologic motions and loads.

    1.9 For articulating components, this guide predominantly describes a Mode 1 test. The user is cautioned that other modes of wear may occur and may have significant influence on the functionality and performance of an articulating IVD prosthesis, and therefore the user should consider the effects of other wear modes on the performance of the prosthesis.

    1.10 In order that the data be reproducible and comparable within and between laboratories, it is essential that uniform procedures are established. This guide is intended to facilitate uniform methods for testing and reporting of data for total disc replacement prostheses.

    1.11 Without a substantial clinical retrieval history of IVD prostheses, actual loading profiles and patterns cannot be delineated at the time of the writing of this guide. It therefore follows that the load and motion conditions specified by this guide do not necessarily accurately reproduce those occurring in vivo. Rather, this guide provides useful boundary/endpoint conditions for evaluating prosthesis designs in a functional manner.

    1.12 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard with the exception of angular measurements, which may be reported in either degrees or radians.

    1.13 This guide is not intended to be a performance standard. It is the responsibility of the user of this guide to characterize the safety and effectiveness of the prosthesis under evaluation.

    1.14 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F561 Practice for Retrieval and Analysis of Medical Devices, and Associated Tissues and Fluids

    F1582 Terminology Relating to Spinal Implants

    F1714 Guide for Gravimetric Wear Assessment of Prosthetic Hip Designs in Simulator Devices

    F1877 Practice for Characterization of Particles

    F2077 Test Methods For Intervertebral Body Fusion Devices

    ISO Standard

    ISO18192–1 Implants for Surgery--Wear of Total Intervertebral Spinal Disc Prostheses--Part 1: Loading and Displacement Parameters for Wear Testing and Corresponding Environmental Conditions for Test


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.040.40 (Implants for surgery, prothetics and orthotics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 42321600(Spinal implants)


    DOI: 10.1520/F2423-11

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