Micromotion Technology

Micromotion Technology2024-06-19T23:22:20+01:00

Intramedullary Nailing

The Development of Micromotion Technology

Preclinical and clinical studies have repeatedly shown that bone fracture healing proceeds most efficiently when two biomechanical conditions are met:

  • Torsional stability to prevent rotation of the bone fragments.
  • Axial flexibility to allow a small amount of controlled micromotion at the fracture line.

This perfect combination of stability and flexibility has been shown to enhance healing in fractures treated with plates and external fixators, but until now, has been elusive in intramedullary nails.

CLINICAL STUDY

ZERO NONUNIONS IN ALL PATIENTS TREATED WITH MICROMOTION

OrthoXel developed the Apex Nailing Systems – the first and only intramedullary nails with micromotion technology. Apex Nails achieve extraordinary torsional stability while preserving axial micromotion to stimulate bone healing.

The Apex Tibial and Femoral Nailing Systems are both designed with a patented gliding insert, which allows the implanted device to achieve a biomechanically optimal 1 mm of micromotion during the early recovery period after surgery.

In a published pilot study, patients treated with Apex Tibial Nails in micromotion locking mode had faster healing and zero nonunions compared to patients treated with conventional locked nails.

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