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Nephew launches osteoconductive interference screw

27th March 2006

The endoscopy division of Smith & Nephew has launched its CALAXO osteoconductive interference screw, a screw which helps bone regrowth after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.

Compounds within the screw, which is used in ACL reconstruction, means that over a period of 12 months it can be resorbed by the body and prompts natural bone growth

Joseph Darling, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy’s vice president of marketing, commented: “Stabilising the knee joint after an ACL injury is critical for patients who want to return to their active lives.

“Our CALAXO osteoconductive interference screw is formulated with chemicals that stimulate the bone surface within the tunnel and trigger the development of new bone, which over time replaces the implant.

“It’s preferable to restore the bone tissue that has been removed to make way for the graft. CALAXO makes this possible.”

The screw is made from a bioabsorbable polymer and calcium carbonate, known as PLC.

During research for the screw, bone growth was witnessed just six weeks after surgery had taken place.

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