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.
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.
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.
Instruments and insertion technique
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