Paragon 28, a manufactuer in foot and ankle surgerical supplies, develops tailored solutions to improve surgical outcomes. They have launched products and instrumentation that help to streamline procedures, allow surgeons flexibility in technique and approach and facilitate reproducible results benefitting both the surgeon and patient.
Today, Paragon 28 adds to its unique PRESERVE line of allograft solutions with the launch of the PRESERVE HammerGraft System.
With the PRESERVE line, all implants are aseptically processed (free of gamma radiation and bleaching). Competitive implants which are gamma radiated have demonstrated greater structural fatigue when compared to non-gamma radiated allograft. The use of bleaching has been shown to reduce the osteoinductivity of the graft and may substantially increase the time needed for incorporation.
The HammerGraft System provides four unique allograft implants in 2.3 and 2.8 mm straight and angled options. These grafts are harvested from the cortical rim of the tibia or femur to match the density of the PIP joint and ensure strength and blood flow requirements of the region are met. Ribs on the graft in conjunction with the drill diameter were sized to minimize crushing of cancellous bone and optimized to resist pullout of the implant following insertion. The cross section of the implant helps to resist rotation and tapered ends ease insertion. The HammerGraft implant is packaged in a hydration solution and may be used immediately out of the packaging (no reconstitution required).
The system also includes the market’s first dense cancellous spacers which are available in six, eight, and 10 millimeter options. These spacers are designed to fit over the HammerGraft and may be used in cases where lengthening is desired at the PIP joint.
Paragon 28 is grateful for the significant contributions Dr. Michael Houghton, MD, Dr. Mark Myerson, MD, and Dr. Thomas San Giovanni, MD made as surgeon designers of this system.