Activa IM-Nail™ - Bioabsorbable intramedullary nail

Activa IM-Nail™ opens a new chapter in orthopaedics with the introduction of the world's first fully bioabsorbable option for pediatric forearm intramedullary nailing. 

Patient benefits

While slowly absorbing, the implant slowly transfers stress to the healing bone, assisting in the healing process. Due to the implant absorption, the risks of implant-related long term complications are eliminated. Thanks to the complete bioabsorption of Activa IM-Nail™, normal bone growth is allowed without long-term complications related to biostable implants.

Professional benefits

Activa IM-Nail™ offers an economical solution for hospitals and society, as the unnecessary removal operation and costs related will be avoided. The insertion technique respects traditional intramedullary nailing methods. Ductility and stiffness of the Activa IM-Nail™ enables easy insertion.

The mechanical strength of the Activa IM-Nail™ together with cast immobilisation enables stabilization of the fracture. Activa IM-Nail™ has a load-carrying capacity for at least 8 weeks to support to the healing tissue until it has achieved its original function. Therefore, Activa IM-Nail™ continues to support the healing even after the cast removal at week 4 or later.

The osteoconductive tricalcium-phosphate marker in the tip of Activa IM-Nail™ allows faster mini-invasive navigation with enhanced implant visibility in the x-ray. Shorter versions of Activa IM-Nail™ are suitable also for more distal diaphyseal intramedullary radius and ulna fracture fixations.

Product properties

Material: Activa IM-Nail™ is made out of the self-reinforced PLGA (poly-L-lactide-co-glycolide polymer) and has an osteoconductive tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) marker in the tip. 
Certificates:  Activa IM-Nail™ is CE approved. 
Product measures: Activa IM-Nail™ is available in diameters 2.0, 2.7 and 3.2 mm and lengths 200, 300 and 400 mm.



Activa IM-Nail™ brochure

Instruments and insertion technique

Surgical Technique for Activa IM-Nail™


Indication examples

Pediatric diaphyseal forearm fracture


A New Mini-Invasive Technique in Treating Pediatric Diaphyseal Forearm Fractures by Bioabsorbable Elastic Stable Intramedullary Nailing: A Preliminary Technical Report
J.-J. Sinikumpu, J. Keränen, A.-M. Haltia, W. Serlo, J. Merikanto. Scandinavian Journal of Surgery, Vol 102, Issue 4, 2013


WP47 Bioabsorbable intramedullary nail - fixation of forearm fractures in children

WP48 Surgical treatment of 22 pediatric forearm fractures with biodegradable Activa IM-Nail™ - a personal surgical experience




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