aap: Market launch of innovative periprosthetic LOQTEQ® system
New fixation technology enables flexible treatment of periprosthetic fractures
(PresseBox) (Berlin, ) aap Implantate AG (“aap”) announces the market launch of its innovative periprosthetic LOQTEQ® system with the distal lateral femur plate 4.5 PP (periprosthetic). The system is based on a new patent pending fixation technology and enables the treatment of bone fractures in the immediate vicinity of joint implants already existing in the body. Thereby the periprosthetic LOQTEQ® system addresses one of the most demanding procedures in orthopaedics. The distal lateral femur plate 4.5 PP has a CE mark.Implantations of artificial hip and knee joints are among the most frequent procedures in Germany. With such implantations bone fractures can occur in the immediate vicinity of the treated site during the life of the used joint implants. Treating such fractures poses a particular challenge in orthopaedics because the screws for the bone plates must be fixed around the joint implant. This is where aap’s periprosthetic LOQTEQ® system becomes effective with its innovative fixation technology.The core of the new technology are special LOQTEQ® hinges that can be fixed to the plate both distally and proximally. They remain flexible within a 45° angle range and are anchored in the bone at a variable angle (±15°) by angle-stable 3.5 mm screws. In this way the fixation can be adapted for a wide range of bone diameters and the plates can be securely fixed past a prosthesis or a nail, especially in an osteoporotic bone. The hinges ensure that the surgeon has maximum flexibility in planning and carrying out the operational stabilisation by means of optional use at the proximal and distal end of the plate. aap’s offering in this area is complemented by cerclage trays for cable or wire cerclages. In recent months the periprosthetic LOQTEQ® system has proven its worth in clinical initial applications in respect of user friendliness and flexibility. In the future, aap plans to extend the periprosthetic fixation technology to other relevant plates in the LOQTEQ® portfolio for different anatomical regions.