ACUTE Innovations® Provides a Resorbable Solution for Patient Pain After Thoracic Surgery

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ACUTE Innovations LLC. has created the first resorbable plate specifically designed for rib fractures and osteotomies. The BioBridge™ Resorbable Chest Wall Stabilization Plate is designed to reduce pain by stabilizing movement of a cut or broken rib after thoracotomy procedure. In preliminary studies, the BioBridge plate has reduced patient pain and narcotic use when compared to non-plated osteotomy after thoracotomy.

A considerable amount of a thoracic surgeon's time is spent treating patients with pain after thoracotomy. Post Thoracotomy Pain Syndrome (PTPS) affects approximately 50% of patients and about 30% of patients may still experience pain after 4-5 years. (1) An osteotomy or accidental fracture of the ribs during thoracotomy is a common cause of PTPS.

ACUTE Innovations LLC. has created the first resorbable plate specifically designed for rib fractures and osteotomies. The BioBridge™ Resorbable Chest Wall Stabilization Plate is designed to reduce pain by stabilizing movement of a cut or broken rib after thoracotomy procedure. In preliminary studies, the BioBridge plate has reduced pain and patient narcotic use when compared to non-plated osteotomy after thoracotomy.

The plate's polylactide acid blend offers the optimal combination of stability and resorption providing an excellent non-permanent solution. The material is a mixture of 70% L-lactide and 30% DL-lactide and is metabolized within 18-24 months through hydrolasis. The BioBridge plate degrades slowly enough to ensure adequate healing time while slowly shifting load from the plate to the bone. Slower degradation time may also lesson risk of adverse tissue reactions and can reduce risk of:

  • Interference if re-do surgeries are warranted
  • Removals due to patient sensitivity or infection
  • Long term complications such as stress shielding or implant migration

ACUTE Innovations' main objective is to provide surgeons and their patients with innovative solutions to challenging thoracic procedures. The company's unique culture is largely attributed to its employee's pioneering and inventive spirit along with continued emphasis on employee development. ACUTE is a privately held subsidiary of Acumed LLC and has been at the forefront of innovation since its inception in 2006.

For more information, contact ACUTE Innovations at contact(at)acuteinnovations(dot)com or visit the website: http://www.acuteinnovations.com.

Reference:
(1) Karmakar MK, Ho AM. Postthoracotomy pain syndrome. Thorac Surg Clin. 2004 Aug;14(3):345-52.

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