Rapidsorb Injectable Polymer System
The Rapidsorb injectable polymer system (IPS) was developed to offer a faster alternative to the fixation of resorbable plates with resorbable screws. The goal was to avoid the three steps drilling, tapping, and twist insertion required with resorbable screws, by using a novel delivery system that injects polymer into a predrilled hole (Fig 1). The new battery-operated system simplifies fixation to only two steps (drilling and filling).
The fastener cartridge allows seamless delivery of polymer into multiple holes. The risk of screw insertion failure through stripping or breaking is eliminated. Since fixation occurs through the delivery of the polymer in a semi-solid state, the need for multiple screw sizes is also eliminated. The starter kit includes the Rapidsorb IPS shell, the cap, and a fastener cartridge that produces approximately 15 fasteners. The material provided in the fastener cartridge is the familiar Rapidsorb 85:15 poly (L-lactideco-glycolide).
- The Rapidsorb IPS is intended for use in nonloadbearing fracture repair and reconstructive procedures of the craniofacial skeleton (excluding the upper and lower jaw) in pediatric and adult populations (Fig 2). Rapidsorb IPS fasteners are designed to be used for the fixation of Rapidsorb plates, meshes, and sheets.
- In addition, Rapidsorb IPS implants and instruments may be used with Rapidsorb meshes and sheets in nonloadbearing applications for maintaining the relative position of and/or containing bony fragments, bone grafts (autograft or allograft), or bone graft substitutes in craniofacial reconstruction (excluding the upper and lower jaw).
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