DePuy Synthes Changes the Shape of Compression in Foot and Ankle Surgery

J&J company, DePuy Synthes has launched its 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 our patients and customers.


Foot and ankle surgery that aims to correct painful deformities, such as bunions and hammertoes, is associated with a range of potential complications due to poor stabilization of fracture and joints. Complications may result in implant failure, non-union of bones, infection, pain and the development of arthritis, leading to increased hospitalization 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.

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.

Physician comments

“This new generation of Nitinol implants is a breakthrough due to its advancement in technology and an exciting trend for foot and ankle surgery,” said Dr. J. Kent Ellington of the OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute in Charlotte, NC, USA. “A main concern for foot and ankle surgeries is whether any implant construct used can withstand the repetitive load the lower body experiences with even limited activity and achieve reproducible healing. The Continuous Compression Implants are not only extremely simple to use, they improve time to weight bearing, provide sustained compression, offer significant strength, control rotation, ultimately promoting faster healing and a quicker recovery for patients.”

Company comments

“DePuy Synthes introduction of Continuous Compression Implants to EMEA-based healthcare providers is testament to our commitment to deliver value-added innovation and improved access to tools that both simplify procedures and improve patient outcomes,” said Virve Sarja, DePuy Synthes Trauma & CMF Lead, EMEA. “These implants and single-use instruments have been shown to improve operating theatre efficiencies, reduce costs and help the patient quickly return to their normal daily activities.”

Source: DePuy Synthes

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