Optivac® Vacuum Mixing System

Optivac® is a  closed system for mixing and collection of bone cement under vacuum.1-5

Well-documented1-5

The Optivac System was introduced in 1993 and has been the standard against which all other systems have been measured for the last 20 years. It is still one of the most clinically proven mixing systems on the market.1-5

Improving Cement Quality

The Optivac System’s standardised mixing procedure produces homogeneous cement with very low porosity. With its mixing and collection under vacuum, it reduces both micro and macro porosity, thereby improving cement strength and fatigue life.1,2

Improved Working Environment

The Optivac System meets  the high demands on mixing bone cement in the OR. It is an easy to use closed system with mixing and delivery in the same cartridge, thereby preventing direct contact between the user and the bone cement. Utilising special filters, methylmethacrylate (MMA) in the OR is reduced to barely detectable levels.6,7

Flexible System

The Optivac System can be used to mix cements of varying viscosity and volume. The system is adaptable to various application areas, such as hip, knee or shoulder arthroplasty. Zimmer Biomet offers a variety of nozzles for use with different types of application areas.

Legal Manufacturer:

Biomet France SARL
Plateau de Lautagne
26000 Valance 
France

  1. Wang J-S, et al. Bone Cement Porosity in Vacuum Mixing Systems, Bone Cements and Cementing Technique, Walenkamp, Murray (Eds). Springer Verlag, 2001.
  2. Wilkinson J.M., et al. Effect of Mixing Techniques on the Properties of Acrylic Bone-Cement. The Journal of Arthroplasty. 15:663-667, 2000.
  3. Wang J-S, et al. Porosity of bone cement reduced by mixing and collecting under vacuum. Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica. 64 (2): 143-146, 1993.
  4. Dunne N-J, et al. Influence of the mixing techniques on the physical properties of acrylic bone cement. Biomaterials. 22: 1819-1826, 2001.
  5. Malchau H, et al. Prognosis of Total Hip Replacement. Scientific Exhibition presented at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. February 13-17, 2002, Dallas.
  6. Report from SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (2007 08 13). Airborne methyl methacrylate monomer during the use of different bone cement mixing systems.
  7. Schlegel UJ, et al. Pre-Packed Vacuum Bone Cement Mixing Systems. A Further Step in Reducing Methlymethacrylate Exposure in Surgery. Annals of Occupational Hygiene Journal. June 30, pp. 1-7, 2010.

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