AO Technical Commission Approved

Small Electric Drive: the new Power Tool of the Small Bone Portfolio

Small Electric Drive: the new Power Tool of the Small Bone Portfolio

The Small Electric Drive is a new power tool designed to complete the Small Bone Power Tools portfolio. This compact and powerful handpiece (Fig 1) is optimal for use in general traumatology, especially for applications in fore-, hindfoot and hand surgery. Procedures such as ulna shortening, wrist surgery, hallux valgus correction or arthrodesis should be well performed with this new system.

A key benefit of the new system is the compatibility of the handpiece with existing consoles of the Electric Pen Drive, and with almost all attachments of the Colibri and new Colibri II. Users will therefore benefit from the synergies that exist within the Small Bone portfolio.

So far, the Small Electric Drive system has been much appreciated for its ergonomic and lightweight handpiece, which offers high working comfort with low hand fatigue. Its simple coupling and mode switch mechanisms are respectively known from the Colibri and Electric Pen Drive, and should therefore be easy to use. Being an electric-driven system, users will not face any battery constraints and will enjoy the endless power offered by the consoles.

Several attachments are available with the system for drilling, burring, reaming, screwing, sawing and K-wire setting to cover most applications of the small bone segment. Each attachment offers the optimal speed and torque for the corresponding procedure.

The pistol-shaped handpiece is an ideal complement to the existing portfolio. Not only does it offer a compact and ergonomic design but it is also user-friendly and versatile.

Hazards and labeling

Due to varying countries’ legal and regulatory approval requirements, consult the appropriate local product labeling for approved intended use of the products described on this website. All devices on this website are approved by the AO Technical Commission. For logistical reasons, these devices may not be available in all countries worldwide at the date of publication. 

Legal restrictions

This work was produced by AO Foundation, Switzerland. All rights reserved by AO Foundation. This publication, including all parts thereof, is legally protected by copyright.

Any use, exploitation or commercialization outside the narrow limits set forth by copyright legislation and the restrictions on use laid out below, without the publisher‘s consent, is illegal and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to photostat reproduction, copying, scanning or duplication of any kind, translation, preparation of microfilms, electronic data processing, and storage such as making this publication available on Intranet or Internet.

Some of the products, names, instruments, treatments, logos, designs, etc referred to in this publication are also protected by patents, trademarks or by other intellectual property protection laws (eg, “AO” and the AO logo are subject to trademark applications/registrations) even though specific reference to this fact is not always made in the text. Therefore, the appearance of a name, instrument, etc without designation as proprietary is not to be construed as a representation by the publisher that it is in the public domain.

Restrictions on use: The rightful owner of an authorized copy of this work may use it for educational and research purposes only. Single images or illustrations may be copied for research or educational purposes only. The images or illustrations may not be altered in any way and need to carry the following statement of origin “Copyright by AO Foundation, Switzerland”.

Check www.aofoundation.org/disclaimer for more information.


If you have any comments or questions on the articles or the new devices, please do not hesitate to contact us

"approved by AO Technical Commission" and "approved by AO Foundation"

The brands and labels "approved by AO Technical Commission" and "approved by AO Foundation", particularly "AO" and the AO logo, are AO Foundation's intellectual property and subject to trademark applications and registrations, respectively. The use of these brands and labels is regulated by licensing agreements between AO Foundation and the producers of innovation products obliged to use such labels to declare the products as AO Technical Commission or AO Foundation approved solutions. Any unauthorized or inadequate use of these trademarks may be subject to legal action.

2020 IM covers

AO TC Innovations Magazine

Find all previous issues of the AO TC Innovations Magazine for download here.

Meet the Experts

Directly learn about AO Approved Solutions from the Experts themselves.

Innovation Awards

Innovation awards

Recognizing and fostering excellence in surgical innovation.

Cookies help us improve your website experience.
By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies.