North Carolina Patent of the Month – June 2021

Following some injuries or congenital abnormalities, some patients require implants to help achieve bone repair and stabilization. These implants can include bone screws, anchors, rods, or a combination of them. However, these implants are not always the best option. For instance, the sacroiliac joint is meant to have a couple degrees of rotation, but if subjected to an implant, it can lead to joint failure. Cutting Edge Spine, LLC has designed a different device that can straighten and stabilize joints without leading to bone or implant migration.

Their implant is made of a fixation member with a proximal head and a shank with a distal tip. The implant provides enhanced resistance to rotational motion and migration. The shank has some openings that allow for bony ingrowth. There is also an open network body extending along the length of the ingrowth portion. This core is coated in hydroxyapatite, a naturally occurring mineral form of calcium apatite which aids in bone growth. Within the open network is a matrix that allows communication between the bony material that surrounds the implant and optimizes integration. This implant can correct instabilities and hypermobility in fixated joints like the sacroiliac joint. 

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