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BME launches nitinol implant for internal fixation of bone for US patients

BioMedical Enterprises : 17 June, 2008  (New Product)
BioMedical Enterprises, BME, has launched the Barbed OSStaple (BOSS), a nitinol implant designed for internal fixation of bone, to the US market.
The BOSS is an orthopaedic nitinol Implant with barbs on the legs for bone adhesion. Like the BME OSStaple product line, the BOSS nitinol staple changes shape when heated above body temperature to provide compression between two bones. The BOSS is ideal for upper and lower extremity procedures, especially when surgeons want the added security of barbed legs to stabilize the implant.

Made of nitinol, a biocompatible alloy possessing shape memory and super-elastic properties, the BOSS Implant is inserted at room temperature. Using BME’s patented OSSforce Implant Controller, the Implant is safely heated above body temperature. During this process, the implant’s legs and back change shape to compress bone. In addition, the movement of the legs causes the barbs to anchor more securely in bone. After heating, the nitinol structure transforms into a state approximately 20 percent stronger than 316L stainless steel. Due to nitinol’s properties, the Implant continues to maintain a compressive force in bone over time.

The BOSS implant, along with BME’s OSSAnchor Grip soft tissue anchor, are the first orthopedic nitinol implants to feature barbs for improved pull-out resistance, a new surface treatment that minimises metal ion release, and a roughened surface texture for bone in-growth.

A US launch of the Barbed OSStaple will begin at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society summer meeting in Denver, Colorado being held June 25 to 28, 2008.
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