The Guided Growth Plate Systems consist of different sizes of eight-Plate™ and quad-Plate designed to accept cannulated or solid screws available in a variety of sizes. Plates and screws are available in sterile or non-sterile configuration. The device is designed for the gradual correction of pediatric congenital as well as acquired bone deformities in the lower extremities, provided that the physis (growth plates) are not fused. The plates feature a contoured waist and low profile for pediatric usage. There is a center hole in the plates for a temporary guide pin to be implanted to aid application and removal of the plate. The plates are fixed to the bone over the growth plate by screws. These screws are not locked to the plate, but rather are allowed to swivel and diverge in their position as bone growth occurs. The implant acts like a flexible hinge, permitting growth at the growth plate to gradually straighten the limb.
Benefits to Surgeon
- Plates sizes: 12, 16 and 20mm
- Cannulated and solid screw options
- Titanium alloy implants
- Optimized and lean instrumentation
- Central “dome” designed to aid application and removal across the growth plate
Benefits to Patient
- Minimally invasive
- Early weight bearing as tolerated by the patient and under surgeon discretion
- Titanium alloy implants to avoid allergic reaction to nickel
- Low profile plates
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