Comparison of a New Intramedullary Scaffold to Volar Plating for Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures

The sponsor, Conventus Orthopaedics, requested biomechanical testing performed by an independent laboratory to confirm internal testing data on a novel device to treat distal radius fractures.

Biomechanical properties of a novel intramedullary fracture fixation device were compared to two different volar plates in a well-established wedge fracture model of the distal radius both before and after cyclic loading representative of rehabilitative conditions.

Stiffness of the intramedullary scaffold was demonstrated to be as stiff as or stiffer than volar plates both before and after application of cyclic loading. The Materials and Structural Testing Core conducted all mechanical testing and performed all data analysis for the study.

The results were presented by core staff in workshops at both the 2011 German Congress for Hand Surgery (Bonn, Germany) and the 2011 German Congress for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery (Berlin, Germany).

For more information, see: Comparison of a New Intramedullary Scaffold to Volar Plating for Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures.