Air Pen Drive

The Air Pen Drive (APD) is a pen-shaped high speed, air-driven surgical power tool for small and micro bone surgery. The set contains a machine washable hand piece, an air hose, 27 attachments (similar to those of the Electric Pen Drive (EPD), already available), as well as similar accessories, such as cutting tools, irrigation nozzles, irrigation tubing etc. The range of application covers trauma (hand, foot, and shoulder), spine, neuro-, as well as craniomaxillofacial surgery.

The APD is the first air-powered high-speed system with integrated irrigation for the prevention of heat necrosis during cutting. Unlike the EPD it does not require a console, and is therefore easier for the OR staff to assemble and handle. In case of enhanced bone resistance the APDs torque decreases, providing the surgeon with an authentic sense of drilling.

It is a both robust and light-weight device. It can be used either with the detachable hand switch, with telescopic extension for better control, or with a foot switch with a large pedal and an extra button for irrigation. The air hose is 3 m in length.

Other important features are:

  • Quick and easy fixation and loosening of tools (click-in wherever possible)
  • Quick and stable coupling of attachments on hand piece through cone coupling
  • Torque-limited screw insertion

Case images provided by M. Langer, Mnster, Germany

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