By: 2 March 2018
DePuy Synthes changes the shape of compression in foot and ankle surgery

DePuy Synthes announced in December the availability of Continuous Compression Implants to health care providers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The implants are designed to provide continuous, active compression throughout the healing process to treat a variety of reconstructive foot and ankle procedures, and provide more solutions for patients and customers.

Foot and ankle surgery that aims to correct painful deformities, such as bunions and hammertoes, are associated with a range of potential complications due to poor stabilisation of fracture and joints. Complications may result in implant failure, non-union of bones, infection, pain and the development of arthritis, leading to increased hospitalisation time, re-admissions or physical therapy.

Unlike traditional foot and ankle fixation methods, DePuy Synthes Continuous Compression Implants are manufactured with a specific formulation of Nitinol, a “shape memory” metal, to continuously and dynamically keep bones compressed together throughout the healing process. This compression helps address challenges of foot and ankle procedures by reducing the risk of complications, and may allow patients to more quickly resume normal activity. [1-4]

To save time in the operating room, DePuy Synthes Continuous Compression Implants come ready to use, sterile and pre-loaded onto an insertion tool, removing the need to heat or freeze the implants prior to use.



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    Shape Memory Implants for Fixation of Austin and
    Akin Osteotomies. BME. (BioMedical Enterprises, Inc.);
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  4. Tait M BJ, Lewis D, Gaston G, Loeffler B. Comparison of Early Outcomes and Complications of Scaphoid Excision and Capitolunate Arthrodesis with Screws versus Staples. American Association for Hand Surgery; January 10-14, 2017; Waikoloa, HI, USA.