The new device will equip orthopedic surgeons with new capabilities to enhance their treatment and facilitate quicker recovery for patients.
FREMONT, CA: The orthopedic sector has witnessed rapid technological growth with companies like MedShape contributing to its rise with robust and innovative offerings. The premier developer of orthopedic devices recently launched DynaNail Mini Fusion System. The new product features MedShape's patented superelastic nickel-titanium (NiTiNOL) technology, and is the first orthopedic device explicitly designed for subtalar fusion, offering maintained active compression after surgery to facilitate healing and joint stability.
MedShape is a privately held medical device company aiming to develop and commercialize a robust suite of surgical solutions using its patented advanced functional material technologies to meet the rising demand for enhanced joint fusion, soft tissue regeneration, and musculoskeletal trauma in the foot and ankle.
DynaNail Mini represents the latest innovation in the DynaNail portfolio, bolstered with an internal NiTiNOL Compressive Element. The pseudoelastic properties of NiTiNOL are especially beneficial for dynamic compression to facilitate healing at the fusion site.
NiTiNOL has been leveraged in orthopedic surgeries for the last few years, especially for bone staples. However, manufacturers have been unable to take the technology beyond the simple two-dimensional geometrics. MedShape engineers have been able to revolutionize the utilization of NiTiNOL in alternate forms with the patented DynaNail TTC Fusion System by incorporating the components of NiTiNOL inside the intramedullary nail.
Kurt Jacobus, CEO of MedShape, said, "As a market leader in NiTiNOL devices, we are proud to provide another novel solution that surgeons can add to their arsenal of surgical tools to address challenging pathologies. The early successful outcomes observed with the DynaNail Mini further validate the expansion of the DynaNail technology to other foot and ankle and trauma fusion applications. We are excited to see what the future holds."
DynaNail products have been commercially available since the year 2013, and have led to positive outcomes in the treatment of high-risk patient populations with severe clinical conditions. The launch of DynaNail Mini represents a new milestone in the miniaturization of the internal NiTiNOL Element while retaining the dynamic compression performance and expanding its benefits to other applications. Since its limited release last year, the DynaNail Mini has been incorporated into several subtalar fusion procedures by premier foot and ankle surgeons across the country.
The Compressive Element in the DynaNail Mini is held in the activated or stretched position, and is fixated with transverse screws in the talus and calcaneus during surgery. It automatically recovers its stretched length in response to bone resorption or settling after surgery, allowing the compression to be maintained throughout the healing process.
It also accommodates the application of manual compression during surgery, utilizing the Mini Targeting Frame for tight bone apposition immediately after the surgery. The carbon-fiber PEEK frame also features a robust, universal one-arm design, facilitating safe and reliable drilling and screw placement. The DynaNail Mini comes with a Compressive Element pre-stretched on a disposable Nail Guide attached to the Targeting Frame, making the procedure easier for the users.