Utah Patent of the Month – August 2023

The traditional methods of repairing soft tissue to bone often involve intricate suture patterns that, while providing initial repair, may quickly degrade with subsequent loading and mobilization. This can create tension of the tendon, inducing gaps throughout the repair site which can result in reduced strength or even tendon rupture. CoNextions Inc. (CoNextions Medical) is working to improve tendon repair processes, improving patient outcomes and simplifying the process for physicians.

CoNextions Medical has developed a unique soft tissue repair device equipped with multiple anchors to achieve secure fixation. Carrier members, elongated structures with slots defined within them, are designed to be positioned on opposite sides of the soft tissue. The brilliance lies in the anchors – discrete structures with flexible legs that can transition from straight to curled positions. These anchors are placed through the slots in the carrier members and the soft tissue, wrapping around the carrier members to securely couple them together with the soft tissue in between. This mechanism creates a robust and durable fixation that adapts to the body’s natural movements.

CoNextions Medical’s innovation isn’t just functional; it’s elegantly designed for practicality. The system’s carrier members are flat, monolithic structures that ensure stability and ease of use. The multiple slots and anchors provide the versatility needed to accommodate different anatomies and situations. Whether it’s fixing a lacerated tendon or attaching soft tissue to bone, this system promises enhanced outcomes and reduced complications.

Beyond its technical excellence, CoNextions Medical’s repair device system has the potential to transform patient care. By simplifying the fixation process and providing a reliable method for securing soft tissue to bone, this innovation can lead to reduced surgical times, shorter recovery periods, and fewer postoperative complications. Patients could experience faster rehabilitation and a quicker return to their daily lives.

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