EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ — IlluminOss Medical Inc., a medical device company developing the innovative IlluminOss(TM) Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System for orthopedic surgery, today announced that the first procedure utilizing the IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System had been performed on a 21 year old patient with a fracture of the 5th metacarpal.
With traditional methods of treating fractures, often an incision the full length of the fracture line has to be made; and plates and screws inserted to stabilize the fracture. There may be extensive soft tissue damage; the patient has limited or no mobility initially which may lead to temporary or permanent stiffness; and the patient may experience severe pain.
The IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System requires just a small 4.5mm pathway into the bone to stabilize it. A small diameter balloon catheter and light fiber are inserted into the intramedullary canal of the bone. A photo sensitive, liquid monomer is then infused into the balloon. The monomer expands the balloon to fit the contours of the interior of the bone, aiding in the reduction of the fracture. Then the light source is activated, converting the liquid monomer into a hardened polymer within 90 seconds. The tiny skin incision is then closed.