Elbow Hinge Fixator

Complex injuries of the elbow may in some cases exhibit persistent instability despite soft-tissue (ligament) reconstruction and fracture fixation. An unstable elbow may therefore need to be additionally protected and mobilized early to restore adequate function as quickly as possible.

The Elbow Hinge Fixator allows a stable and joint-bridging fixation of unstable elbows. It enables an early postoperative, physiological-like (flexion/extension) movement of the elbow joint. It is indicated for delayed treatment of a dislocated and stiff elbow, persistent instability of the elbow, elbow instability following complex ligament injuries, reduced, unstable elbow fractures, and additional stabilization of postoperative unstable internal fixation.

The Elbow Hinge Fixator consists of two carbon fiber rods, which are interconnected by means of a riveted bolt to allow a hinge-like movement. The cylindrical ends of the hinged device can be connected to the standard large and medium carbon fiber rods by means of rod-to-rod (11 mm) or combination (11 mm/8 mm) clamps. The hinged rod is made of a radiolucent material, carbon fiber reinforced PEEK, which allows a better visualization of the injury site. Only the cannulated riveted bolt is made of stainless steel to provide sufficient stability and to help identify the anatomical flexion-extension axis of the elbow joint.

The Elbow Hinge Fixator is compatible with the existing external fixator components.

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