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FITBONE (fully integrated telescopic bone) nail is a distraction device powered by an internal engine which is activated by a hand held remote. The remote activates distraction by sending messages to the receiver implanted below the skin.
The FITBONE does not allow full weight bearing; therefore patients are required to use a wheelchair during the entire lengthening phase.
FITBONE allows for a 5 cm. (2 inch) gain in
one bone segment.
X-ray of lower legs(Tibia) and upper legs(Femur) with the Fitbone nail.
The Fitbone System, is similar in function to a telescopic car antenna.
The nail consisting of 2 parts is powered by a minute engine gear device which draws the telescope apart by applying force of up to 200 kg, during which the extension is externally steered via electronic impulses. The Fitbone nail elongation is propelled by a highly sensitive epicyclic gear which has been manufactured by Wittenstein Intens, a company specialising in high precision gearing.
Both implants are
inserted through one single small entrance simultaneously elongating
the thigh and lower leg. This entrance point "Model Entrance Point"
was developed by Prof. Betz. All that remains is a tiny scar in a
natural skinfold. Even the artificial growth juncture is inserted as
gently as possible via an internal access point.
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