World´s first bioabsorbable intramedullary nail

Radius and ulna fractures are unfortunate, but typical with active children. Intramedullary nailing is a regular treatment for these injuries and also unstable diaphyseal fractures can be treated with similar technique.

Now the fixation of diaphyseal forearm fracture is possible without removal operations, with a world´s first bioabsorbable implant,

Activa IM-Nail™

Diaphyseal pediatric forearm fracture fixation with Activa IM-Nail™

Activa IM-Nail™ introduces a new intramedullary nailing technique, respecting the insertion principals of traditional intramedullary nailing. The big difference is that the child and the family avoid protection needs for the skin protruding nail and an unnecessary visit to the removal operation after 3-6 months from the operation.

Activa IM-Nail™´s revolutionary TCP-tip offers insertion in fluoroscopy guidance, thus making the insertion easy and familiar to the user. The TCP-tip is also fully bioabsorbable, like to whole Activa IM-Nail™. There is no need for huge product inventory as you can adjust Activa IM-Nail™ anatomically to the desired length after the insertion. You can find the same familiar Activa-product features: patented grooved design and Self-Locking SL™,  from the Activa IM-Nail™.

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, implant continues to support the healing even after the cast removal at week 4 or later.

Activa IM-Nail™


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

White papers

Bioabsorbable intramedullary nail - fixation of forearm fractures in children - Bioretec R&D report

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

Operation video

Technique animation


Why this technique?

Child avoids needless implant removal operation and 3 to 6 months with metal protruding through the skin allowinga way for infections and child can continue to grow normally, without implant interfering the growth

Operational technique respects the traditional intramedullary technique, allowing enhanced fluoroscopy guidance for the implant

Activa IM-Nail™ continues to support the healing even after the cast removal at week 4 or later



Image from Sinikumpu et al. (2013)

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