DePuy Launches The Only Technology To Treat Intertrochanteric Hip Fractures Using Traditional Or Minimally Invasive Procedures
New Peak Fx™ System’s Unique Plate Design Spares Muscle Tissue and Enhances Fixation, Even In Osteoporotic Patients
Warsaw, IN – DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., has announced a new option for treating hip fractures: the Peak Fx™ Hip Plate System. This new technology stabilizes the hip fracture while sparing the surrounding tissues, which may support a faster recovery and rehabilitation.
Nearly 200,000 patients suffer the debilitating effects of intertrochanteric fractures in the United States each year.1 Surgery to repair these fractures can leave patients with a long, difficult rehabilitation caused partly by damage to surrounding muscles and tissues during surgery. In addition, many elderly fracture patients present with weak muscles or degraded bone from osteoporosis.
The new Peak Fx™ Hip Plate System addresses these issues with a unique low-profile tapered plate and a sleek instrument design that allows insertion into tissues without undue trauma to surrounding muscles. The lag screw is designed for optimum fixation to the femoral head, addressing the need for stability and fixation even in osteoporotic patients. The plate can be used with traditional surgical techniques or with minimally invasive tissue-sparing techniques. The surgical instruments used with the Peak Fx™ System have been modified to reduce OR time and simplify the procedure.
“Given how much a hip fracture affects a patient’s life, our goal with this new technology is to repair the fracture while sparing the surrounding tissues as much as possible to leave the muscles as strong as they can be to support optimum recovery and rehabilitation,” said Richard Kyle, M.D., Director of Orthopaedics, Hennepin County Medical Center. “By sparing more of the crucial tissues and vessels near the fracture, the new system provides surgeons with a modern alternative to nails and other devices.”
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