Soft Tissue Bone Forceps
The Soft Tissue Bone Forceps are a new instrument for use in reduction of distal radius fractures or reduction of distal radio-ulnar joint dislocations. Reducing distal radius fractures can be challenging, especially in osteoporotic bone, and requires good technique. Currently, reduction is achieved by generic bone clamps or by K-wires. Generic bone clamps, such as Weber clamps, require a second incision on the opposite side of the bone for bone-to-bone contact. This new instrument simplifies fracture reduction and eliminates the need for another incision on the dorsal side of the distal radius.
The forceps consists of two parts:
- Clamp, and
- Radiolucent J-shaped attachment
The Soft Tissue Attachment is used with the forceps to protect the soft tissue and to give good purchase to securely maintain the reduction during the fixation of the plate.
The ball tip of the clamp fits into the holes of any of the distal radius plates and can be used to press the plates directly to the bone in the correct position.
The forceps are used to maintain the reduction by holding the plate in the correct position and pressing it slightly to the bone.
This further allows the user to temporarily fix the plate and hold the plate position and bone fragments in the reduced position during drilling and placement of screws.
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