Surgical instruments made from fiber-reinforced nylon by Xenco Medical LLC are being used for spinal procedures as a way to improve efficiency for medical facilities and safety for patients. Founded in 2011, Xenco developed a single-use composite instrument that is lightweight and has the structural integrity to withstand all the forces and angles wielded by surgeons. Xenco then attaches an implant device, often made of PEEK or titanium, to each instrument. The implants consist of interbodies, screws and plates that can be used in most cervical and lumbar procedures to stabilize the spinal construct. There isn’t another company like San Diego-based Xenco in the plastics industry, CEO Jason Haider said in a phone interview. “We’re the first to offer the instruments with our implants attached as a single solution. We see ourselves competing with the traditional implant companies,” Haider said of companies like Stryker, Medtronic and Zimmer-Bionet. After surgery, Xenco instruments can be disposed of with other medical waste at a cost of about 9-72 cents per pound or recycled into asphalt through a free Xenco takeback program. Either ​ option costs less than...