Orthofix International N.V., (NASDAQ:OFIX), a global medical device company focused on musculoskeletal healing products and value added services, announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for its new internal fixation system, the G-Beam™ Fusion Beaming System.
Orthofix reports G-Beam™ Fusion Beaming System was designed primarily for the treatment of Charcot foot, a debilitating condition where the bones in the foot weaken and collapse, the G-Beam devices can be implanted in the medial and lateral columns of the foot to provide alignment, stabilization and fixation.
Dr. William Grant, a podiatric surgeon from Virginia Beach, VA designed the G-Beam system. He comments, “In my practice I often see patients whose uncontrolled diabetes has led to the development of Charcot foot, an extremely disabling condition that if left untreated, can lead to amputation. Using the G-Beam system allows us to anatomically realign the foot; enabling the bones to heal so these patients can return to a more normal independent lifestyle.”
When the use of internal fixation is recommended, the G-Beam system is designed to fuse the medial and/or lateral columns, as well as bones in the hindfoot, in order to restore a stable foot that may ultimately reduce the probability of an amputation. The system comes with single-use, sterile-packed implants and an efficient, compact instrumentation tray.
“The G-Beam Fusion Beaming System is the next step in working towards our objective of becoming a recognized premium solution provider in the Charcot and Diabetic foot market segments,” said Davide Bianchi, President of the Extremity Fixation business unit. “This system will allow us to establish ourselves in the internal fixation segment of Charcot treatment options, while leveraging our existing product lines, like TrueLok™ and the TL-HEX™.”
Charcot foot is a chronic and progressive joint disease causing weakening of the bones in the foot. It is a serious condition that can lead to deformity, disability and even amputation. Charcot foot can occur in people who have severe neuropathy (the loss of protective sensation in the limb) or nerve damage, a common diabetic foot complication. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 422 million people suffer from diabetes and that the number will more than double in the next 20 years. The prevalence of diagnosed Charcot foot in patients with diabetes is reported to be 0.08–7.5%. However, some studies suggest higher prevalence with as many as 13% of all diabetic patients and 29% of the neuropathic patients affected. To learn more about Charcot foot visit limbhealing.com.
The G-Beam Fusion Beaming System will be on display during the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) annual meeting in Nashville TN, March 22-25. Orthofix invites those attending ACFAS to visit Booth #653 to learn more about this new internal fixation system.