STORM used to Treat Unstable Fractures of the Tibia
The Staffordshire Orthopaedic Reduction Machine, STORM, provides an innovative approach to the treatment of unstable fractures of the tibia. The basis for the product concept and design is to separate the reduction of the fracture from the fixation. STORM is used in the operating theatre and provides the surgeon with a simple but innovative approach to reducing difficult unstable tibial fractures prior to fixation. STORM provides precise and controllable axial traction, a simple lock wheel system allows large and fine adjustments to correct rotation and the unique translation arms correct angulation and translation.
In trials carried out in the University Hospital of North Staffordshire the use of STORM was shown to shorten operating times by almost 50%. Firstly, by applying a simple but controlled method to reducing the fracture, the manipulation time to achieve an anatomical reduction averaged just 11 minutes and secondly because the reduction is firmly maintained during the application of the chosen method of fixation both internal and external.
STORM is used to reduce fractures throughout the tibia including the plateau and pilon as shown. As well as being used to reduce fresh fractures STORM can also used to successfully reduce fractures where treatment has been delayed.
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