DePuy Synthes Trauma recently announced the launch of the Variable Angle Locking Hand System, a comprehensive and versatile system of anatomically contoured and low-profile plates to treat hand fractures and correct deformities. The system features the company’s proprietary Variable Angle Locking technology.
Variable Angle Locking technology enables surgeons to adjust the screw’s insertion angle to match the patient’s anatomy and fracture pattern. As the screws are tightened to the plate, they lock into place and stabilize the fracture.
The new Variable Angle Locking Hand System includes 40 basic and specialty plates to accommodate a variety of hand fractures and hand sizes. The system is the first to feature 1.3 mm locking screws for hand plating and also includes 1.5 mm and 2.0 mm variable angle locking plates. The thin plates feature anatomic contours and smooth surfaces designed to reduce soft tissue irritation as the tendons glide over the implants. In addition, the screw heads are designed to be recessed once locked into the plates, which also reduces the potential for soft tissue irritation. The plates are available in both stainless steel and titanium, and intended for lateral and direct dorsal application.
The system’s comprehensive instrumentation includes Reduction Forceps to aid in reducing lag screw application; Plate Holding Forceps to hold the plate intraoperatively; and Self-Retaining Screwdrivers to reduce procedural complexity. All instrumentation and modules are color coded to assist operating room personnel in clear identification.
“The construct of the system provides a number of clinical solutions that I believe will make a difference in how we treat patients,” says Thomas Fischer, MD, a member of the AO Foundation Technical Commission (AOTK) Hand Expert Group for Trauma who played an integral role in in the development of the system. “I’m particularly impressed with the strong union between the plates and screws, as well as the miniaturized 1.3 millimeter locking plate which will be an important option in the treatment of smaller stature patients or those with difficult fractures around a joint in the hand.”
The Variable Angle Locking Hand System from DePuy Synthes Companies is currently being rolled out around the world. The product is AOTK approved, and the AO Foundation, a recognized global leader in clinical education for trauma and musculoskeletal disorders, has included this product as part of its educational programs.