Currently in the works is the commercialization of the adjustable intramedullary nail, an orthopedic device distinguished by its unique and ingenious highly-customizable length and angles.
ADVANCED ENGINEERING-BASED SOLUTION
Every year millions of people suffer from long shaft bone fractures that require surgery, with the United States alone accounting for 1.5 million long bone fractures annually. An adjustable device that can fit to any patient for shorter surgery times and speedier recovery is a fundamental necessity.
The most commonly-used medical device for bone fractures is known as an intramedullary nail, a nail that is placed in the medullary portion of the bone to strengthen and help the bone recover. Initially used by Küntscher in 1939 during World War II, the intramedullary nail or rod was used to support the load-bearing function of the injured bone. Its effectiveness in helping patients efficiently return to functioning is well-acknowledged in the modern day, however due to its rigid shape and lack of customization during the procedure, malunion errors can occur. Moreover, the surgeon may have trouble adjusting to the patient’s exact requirements, thus leaving many patients to suffer from the adverse effects of the device limitations.
The ‘EdgeX Interlock 1.0’ is engineered to overcome the current intramedullary nails’ limitations. It enables versatile control over length and angle adjustment at every step of the process. Given that even the smallest misalignment can cause a patient pain, uneven movement of the area, stiffness, and other serious complications that may lead to revision surgery, improvement was needed to ensure the maximum possible adjustment in the initial surgery.
Our product enables more freedom of adjustment during the surgery process, shortens the recovery time, and decreases the necessity of revision surgery.
Beyond previous possibilities for adjustment of the nail, the ‘EdgeX Interlock 1.0’ contains locking slots, rod nuts, a center rotator, a length control rod, and an angle control rod among other components. Angle, length, and rotation potentials are made possible using these components. Not only do these adjustable capabilities help the patient in recovery, they can also help surgeons reduce surgery time and lower the probability of needing to revise the surgery later.
The Future of Surgery Device Development
“Raising patient quality of life, assisting surgeons”
Working together with groundbreaking medical establishments, we aim to advance the technology and bring about change in intramedullary nail development. The future of surgery and the customizability of medical devices depends on the revolutionary creativity and engineering knowledge of visionaries like us. Together we can help improve recovery times, raise patient quality of life, and assist surgeons in their invaluable work.