Mitek Showcases New Biocomposite Interference Screw Design At AAOS

DePuy Mitek's Milagro Advance In short

It’s AAOS week, and Mitek Sports Medicine has chosen the event for the launch of the MILAGRO® Advance Interference Screw, a new biocomposite screw designed to offer easier and faster insertion when compared to traditional interference screws.


The MILAGRO Advance Interference Screws represent an evolution of screw design that Mitek says significantly improves ease of use compared to traditional interference screws. The unique distal tip has been shown to reduce bone engagement load by more than 80 percent, which enables easier insertion into hard bone. This unique thread design reduces torque transmission to soft tissue. The screw’s larger thread pitch, the distance between grooves, enables insertion in half the time compared to traditional interference screws.

The MILAGRO Interference Screw was first introduced in 2004, when it became the first implant made of BIOCRYL® RAPIDE™, a biocomposite material exclusive to Mitek Sports Medicine. Since then it has been provided for over 250,000 patients and has become the top U.S. biocomposite implant used in shoulder and knee implants.

MILAGRO Advance Interference Screws, which received its 510(k) clearance from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2012, also utilize BIOCRYL RAPIDE Biocomposite Material. As published in Arthroscopy Journal, May 2011, this biocomposite material has been shown to absorb and to allow for ossification of the implant site in as little as three years after ACL repair.

Physician comments

“I’ve used MILAGRO BR Screws in my practice for years. The screws provide excellent fixation and promote bony ingrowth over time. We have seen no complications in use of the screw,” said Bert Mandelbaum, MD* of the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group. “This latest generation MILAGRO Advance screw addresses the need for a biocomposite screw with better screw engagement and faster insertion.”

Also at AAOS, Mitek Sports Medicine is enhancing its hip arthroscopy offering with the introduction of a new strong straight blade with a rounded sharp tip that it says is as sharp or sharper than competitive blades currently on the market. The straight blade is the latest addition to ENDURANCE Hip Solutions for hip arthroscopy.

Source: DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine, a division of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

* Consultant to Mitek Sports Medicine