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New device for orthopaedic applications

Orthopaedic surgery associated with limb elongation and specific fracture repairs is an extremely arduous process and a very painful one for the patient.
New device for orthopaedic applications
An Israeli SME has developed a new technology to be used for intramedullary fracture fixation and limb elongation. The technology comprises an intramedullary nail operated by an external coil system. It allows controlled elongation through enhanced bone formation (osteogenesis).

Such a technique could be useful in the treatment of conditions like Limb Length Discrepancy (LLD) and osteosynthesis problems. The intramedullary nail can induce fracture union and expedite healing time thus making the process more comfortable for the patient. The accuracy of this technology translates into minimal soft tissue and neurovascular damage making its application more attractive.

Overall costs are projected to be lower than currently used techniques and the company is keen to seek further avenues of development for this project. Ideally, collaborations are sought with orthopaedic manufacturers in the shape of joint venture agreements or financially support deals. The partner must be in a position to optimise, manufacture and market the end product.
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