Trauma | November 2022

Introducing the new Distal Radius Intramedullary Nail (DRIM-Nail) for the fixation of extra-articular fractures

Ladislav Nagy

In response to various clinical complications following fixation of distal radius fractures using CRPP and ORIF techniques, a collaboration between the University of Balgrist, Disrad AG, the AO Technical Commission's Hand Expert Group, the AO's Development Incubator and 41medical has witnessed the design and development of an intramedullary implant for extra-articular distal radius fractures.

Whilst pursuit of an industrial partner for manufacture and dispatch of the DRIM-Nail is ongoing, its development represents the eventual success of a long-standing AO Technical Commission project introduced into the Hand Expert Group in 2010 and then driven specifically by Swiss surgeons Ladislav Nagy and Andreas Schweizer at Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich.

Fig 1 Assembled DRIM Nail.

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