New, Unique Trigen™ Low-profile Screw With “Captured” Head Technology From Smith & Nephew

“The new Trigen Low-Profile screws are the best of three worlds. They are low profile, they provide excellent feel related to when the screw head is down to bone, and they retain the all-important capture feature.”

In short

Smith & Nephew has chosen to announce the launch of its Trigen™ Low-Profile Screw at this week’s Orthopaedic Trauma Association meeting in Minneapolis. In a press release it says Trigen is the only truly “captured” head, low-profile screw on the market, a feature which means internal threads on the screw head securely attach the screws to the screwdriver, potentially removing the risk of a screw being lost during surgery.

Background

The Trigen Low-Profile Screw is designed for use with the entire Trigen™ System, a full portfolio of nailing options for long bones that addresses lower-extremity fractures. Consisting of three patented nail designs, the company says the system’s unique “working channel” approach allows for a simplified procedure, a smaller incision, enhanced soft tissue management and improved access to the bone.

The new low-profile screws can also be used with Smith & Nephew’s Trigen™ Sureshot™ Distal Targeting System. This is the first and only, virtual, real-time imaging system that allows surgeons to distally lock screws without the use of fluoroscopy. This allows for greater accuracy, easier alignment and less radiation exposure for the patient, surgeon and surgical staff in the operating room.

Because low-profile screw heads sit closer to the surface of the bone, they can potentially reduce irritation to the surrounding soft tissue. With the introduction of the Trigen Low-profile screw, surgeons are now able to combine the patient-friendly aspects of a lower profile head with the efficiency and security of a captured screw.

Available in 2.5 mm increments to offer surgeons the array of screw lengths they demand, the new screws also feature a unique fluted design that helps surgeons “feel” when the screw is fully seated.

Physician comments

“The new Trigen Low-Profile screws are the best of three worlds,” says Dr. William Ricci, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma Service at Washington University School of Medicine. “They are low profile, they provide excellent feel related to when the screw head is down to bone, and they retain the all-important capture feature.”

Company comments

“We have virtually reinvented the low-profile screw,” explains Gaurav Agarwal, DSVP and General Manager for Smith & Nephew’s Advanced Surgical Devices Division. “Within this one screw, our commitment to improving surgical outcomes for both patients and surgeons is on full display.”

Source: Smith & Nephew PLC, PR Newswire