The wrists, and ankles, are highly complex parts of the body. In the wrist alone, there are eight bones. Sixteen ligaments tie them together.
The scaphoid bone accounts for 60% of wrist injuries. Many of these occur when people fall onto an outstretched hand. This bone is also one of the most difficult to heal because blood flow comes only from the vessels on the distal side. If anything reduces the blood flow, bone necrosis may occur– the bone collapses. This causes pain and limits joint mobility.
Traditional methods for treating fractures, necrosis, and arthritis include fusing the bones, screwing bones together, and partial wrist replacement with non-custom, metal or polypropylene materials. It may require a cast or splint for up to six months. This treatment may also cause loss of hand function. Patients typically have less flexibility, strength, and use of the hand following surgery.
Additionally, the implants can be damaged in a fall or wear out and need to be replaced. They also lead to arthritis in the joints.
Anatomically designed implants by Exact Bone resolves these problems. And, Exact Bone technology can texture the surface for smoother joint movement.
It also facilitates exact cutting of adjacent bones and capping them with perfectly sized and shaped bone ends, so arthritic or damaged joints can regain joint flexibility and strength. Patients regain normal range of motion such as improved flexibility, functionality, and normal bio-mechanics.
Thus, younger active patients need not live with painful, damaged wrists. And older arthritic patients can regain strength and mobility in their wrist or ankles. Exact Bone improves the quality of life for patients and increases the effectiveness of these surgeries.