US-based medical device firm Zimmer Holdings has launched a new external fixation system, XtraFix, for the treatment of trauma patients.
XtraFix is a modular system that is available in small 6mm and large 11mm systems. Designed to provide surgeons advances in design technology and materials, it allows them to avoid steps, as well as bars and clamps from the external fixation process.
Zimmer Trauma president Nate Folkert said: "The design philosophy of the XtraFix External Fixation system is based on increasing efficiency above all else.
"Each component of the XtraFix system incorporates only the most useful features from the many different systems currently on the market and combines them into one time-saving and highly efficient device."
"It enables surgeons to build rigid external constructs using fewer components in less time."
The company's small 6mm system enables surgeons to connect small and large systems with a single clamp, accommodating small extremity fractures in larger constructs.
In addition, the system's 3D Bar / Pin-to-Bar / Pin design helps surgeons to place pins where the fracture dictates and not the fixator.
Mr Folkert said: "With superior components and highly functional design, the XtraFix External Fixation system offers surgeons unsurpassed efficiency and significant flexibility when it comes to construct options and possibilities."
The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets orthopaedic reconstructive, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants and related surgical products.