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MEDEL Pulsar Reliability level

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Dear All,

Kindly need your advise on the reliability level of Medel PULSAR.

Is it any issue encountered to user who used this CI type ?

 

Thanks,

Erwin

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@Erwin

 

The link in your post is not working.  I believe Med-El has reliability graphs on their website for each type of internal implant.

Is the Pulsar the ceramic implant?

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I cannot find the Pulsar reliability info.  Let’s tag @MED-EL Moderator for some help.

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Dear Mary,

Yes, it's ceramic Implant.

 

Regards,

Erwin

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I have read someone’s post about recently receiving that ceramic implant in the US due to the need to avoid titanium.  If I come across that post, I will tag you.

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Interesting, I didn't know there is a ceramic implant.  What little I know about high-tech ceramics, the ceramic itself shouldn't affect the function.  But the photo here:

http://www.medel.com/int/show/index/id/307/title/PULSAR-Implant

is kind of odd - where's the magnet?

And it appears that this is not available in the US yet.  It's quite small, I'd be interested to learn more.

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Pulsar was in 2004

 

http://www.medel.com/history/

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So why didn't they stick with ceramics?  Was it a problem, or was it just that titanium became more readily available?  That whole timeline is interesting, even just a few design generations ago the processors were huge and quite clunky.

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I believe the strength of titanium was a factor.

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@Mary Featherston

 

This link gives pros and cons of titanium versus ceramic implants.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3199815/

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I heard someone say they changed from ceramic to titanium for durability reasons. If someone got hit in the head the ceramic would break. Where as titanium is much much more durable. 

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