J&J company DePuy Synthes Trauma has chosen the 2015 Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) Annual Meeting at which to launch what is the only pre-hydrated demineralized cancellous bone tissue matrix designed for use in trauma-related extremity procedures, including fusion, and for filling bone voids.
Highly flexible and compressable to about half its original size, CONFORM® Flex with Q-PACK® Technology is a new biologic implant which is both osteoconductive and osteoinductive, two ideal properties in restorative orthopaedic surgery following traumatic injury to the extremities. In its launch release, DePuy says it resists migration after implantation, readily absorb in the body and retain bone aspirate, blood and saline. Indeed, when combined with bone marrow aspirate it can be osteogenic.
The Q-PACK Technology bit relates to an ambient temperature packaging method that enables the tissue form to come in a fully hydrated state, eliminating the rehydration step required in procedures using other implants of this kind. The tissue form is ready for use immediately out of the package.
CONFORM Flex is processed by the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), resulting in tissue quality and safety through their approach to donor selection and allograft processing. During processing, the natural growth factors that provide CONFORM Flex with its osteoconductive properties and conformability are exposed, and pH is restored to a normal physiologic range allowing optimal cell viability and function. Processing and packaging are performed under controlled aseptic condition. ISO Class 4 certified clean rooms are used to ensure the finished tissue form passes USP <71> sterility tests.
“What I appreciated about CONFORM Flex was the ease of use and its ability to conform easily in the joints that I had prepared for fusion,” said Stephen Carley, MD, Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. “I was especially impressed by the way it maintained its position and integrity during positioning and compression of the fusion sites with internal fixation.”
Source: DePuy Synthes Trauma