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Irish surgeon implants ALPS hand fracture system

The De Puy Hand Fracture Anatomic Locking Plating System (ALPS’s) was implanted into its first patient in Ireland at Craigavon Area Hospital on the 26th of May last. The patient injury was caused by trauma to the dorsal aspect of the hand resulting in intra-articluar fractures of the MCP and the proximal PIP joint. 

The procedure was a ORIF of the left index finger with a proximal phalangeal oblique fracture. The T shaped 1.5 mm anatomic locking plate was used with a combination of locking and non-locking screws and placed dorsally onto the Phalangeal fracture. The 1.3mm screw was used to reduce the intra-articular fragments of the PIP joint. 

The surgeon was able to contour the plate to the bone using the Fixed Angle Screw Targeting System while the plate was in-situ helping to tailor the plate to the fracture resulting in better fixation.

If you would like further information, please contact Ms. Ciara Duffy, +353 (0)86 045 0826 or e-mail: duffyc@pei.ie

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