KALAMAZOO — Stryker Corp. Monday announced the global commercial launch of the Universal SmartLock Hybrid maxillomandibular fixation (MMF) system.

The new system combines elements of both arch bars and MMF screws in an effort to bring the standard of care for maxillomandibular fixation (MMF) techniques into the 21st century.

Doctors say the product is used in the treatment of mandibular (lower jaw) and maxillary (upper jaw or facial) fractures.

In collaboration with inventor Jeffrey R. Marcus, M.D., associate vice-chair of surgery at Duke University, the Universal SmartLock Hybrid MMF system is designed to combine the strength and rigidity of arch bars with the safety and efficiency of MMF screws.

“The Universal SmartLock Hybrid MMF system is easy to apply, comfortable for the patients, and can impressively increase a surgeon’s efficiency,” said Michael D. Turner, D.D.S., M.D., associate director of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Beth Israel and Jacobi Medical Center.

With nine potential points of fixation along the plate, posterior fixation and vector control are enhanced when compared to traditional MMF screws. The self-drilling, locking technology of the screws allows for purchase into both the bone and the plate for additional stability and also eliminates the need for interdental wiring that is required with arch bars.

“The Universal SmartLock Hybrid MMF system is an effective and technically simple process that may change the surgical management of maxillary and mandibular fixation for all surgical specialties,” said Dr. Jairo Bastidas, deputy director of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Closed reduction of the jaws can be accomplished with less exposure risk to the surgeon, decreased operative time and excellent skeletal stability. The Universal SmartLock Hybrid MMF system is an innovation for the management of facial trauma.”

Added David Mercado, vice president and general manager of Stryker’s cranial and maxillofacial division: “The Universal SmartLock Hybrid MMF system represents our dedication to providing patients and physicians with the most advanced tools available to treat mandibular and maxillary fractures. Universal SmartLock Hybrid MMF sets a new standard in maxillomandibular fixation. It’s a patented design you will only find at Stryker.”

The device has been granted 510 (k) market clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration and is also available in international markets where it has been cleared for sales.   

More at www.stryker.com.


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