Distal Humerus Plate (VALP) - 2.7 / 3.5 Lateral

Product Overview

The 2.7 / 3.5 Lateral Distal Humerus Plate (VALP) is a specialized orthopedic implant designed for fractures and reconstructive procedures involving the distal humerus. Its anatomical shape and diverse screw options provide optimal fixation and stability, promoting efficient healing and restoring functionality to the affected area. This plate offers surgeons versatility and precision in addressing various patient needs, ensuring reliable outcomes in orthopedic surgery.

Product Uses
  • Fractures : Management of complex fractures, such as intra-articular fractures, comminuted fractures, and fractures with bone loss.

  • Osteotomies : Correction of deformities or malunions through osteotomies near the distal humerus.

  • Non-unions : Treatment of non-healing fractures or failed prior fixation attempts.

  • Revision surgeries : Revision of failed or inadequate prior surgical procedures involving the distal humerus.

  • Trauma : Management of traumatic injuries to the distal humerus, such as fractures resulting from accidents or falls.

  • Reconstruction : Restoration of bone anatomy and alignment in cases of bone defects or deformities.

  • Arthroplasty : Support in total elbow arthroplasty procedures by providing stability and fixation to the distal humerus component.
Product Specification
  • Material : Typically made from biocompatible materials such as titanium alloy or stainless steel, ensuring durability and compatibility with the human body.

  • Plate Thickness : 2.7 mm and 3.5 mm options available, providing flexibility in choosing the appropriate size based on patient anatomy and surgical requirements.

  • Plate Length : Variable lengths to accommodate different patient anatomies and fracture patterns.

  • Plate Design : Anatomically contoured to match the shape of the distal humerus, facilitating optimal fit and reducing soft tissue irritation.

  • Holes and Slots : Multiple screw holes and slots along the plate for secure fixation using locking or non-locking screws, allowing for versatile placement and stability.

  • Screw Compatibility : Compatible with standard orthopedic screws in various diameters, typically ranging from 2.7 mm to 3.5 mm, enabling customizable fixation options.

Distal Humerus Plate (VALP) - 2.7 / 3.5 Lateral Sizes

  • Patient Evaluation : Review the patient's medical history, allergies, medications, and any co-existing conditions. Conduct a thorough physical examination, focusing on the affected limb and adjacent joints. Assess neurovascular status, range of motion, and any associated injuries.

  • Imaging Studies : Obtain X-rays, CT scans, or MRI to assess the fracture pattern, bone quality, and soft tissue involvement. Use imaging to plan the surgical approach, select the appropriate implant size, and determine screw trajectory.

  • Surgical Planning : Choose the appropriate size and type of VALP implant based on pre-operative imaging and surgical judgment. Plan the surgical approach, considering anatomical landmarks, soft tissue integrity, and neurovascular structures.

  • Patient Education : Educate the patient about the procedure, expected outcomes, potential risks, and post-operative rehabilitation. Provide instructions regarding pre-operative fasting, medication management, and any other relevant pre-operative preparations.

  • Patient Positioning : Position the patient supine on the operating table with the affected arm prepared and draped in a sterile manner. Consider the use of arm supports or traction devices to facilitate exposure and access to the surgical site.

  • Surgical Approach : Perform a standard or modified lateral approach to the distal humerus, depending on the fracture pattern and surgical preference. Use meticulous dissection to expose the fracture site while protecting surrounding soft tissues and neurovascular structures.

  • Fracture Reduction : Reduce the fracture fragments anatomically using manual manipulation, traction, or specialized reduction tools. Confirm reduction and alignment under fluoroscopy or intraoperative imaging guidance.

  • Implant Placement : Prepare the bone surfaces and position the 2.7 / 3.5 Lateral Distal Humerus Plate (VALP) using appropriate instrumentation. Secure the plate to the bone using locking or non-locking screws, ensuring optimal fixation and stability.

  • Closure : Irrigate the surgical site thoroughly to remove debris and reduce the risk of infection. Close the incision in layers using absorbable sutures for deeper tissues and non-absorbable sutures for skin closure.

  • Immediate Post-Operative Period : Monitor the patient closely in the recovery room for signs of anesthesia recovery and immediate post-operative complications. Administer analgesics and antiemetics as needed to manage pain and nausea.

  • Early Mobilization and Rehabilitation : Initiate early range of motion exercises as tolerated to prevent stiffness and promote joint mobility. Coordinate with physical therapy for a structured rehabilitation program tailored to the patient's specific needs and functional goals.

  • Follow-Up and Monitoring : Schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor healing, assess implant stability, and evaluate functional outcomes. Perform periodic X-rays or other imaging studies to assess fracture union, implant position, and any signs of complications.

  • Activity Restrictions : Advise the patient on activity restrictions and precautions to prevent excessive stress on the healing bone and implant. Encourage compliance with prescribed rehabilitation protocols and restrictions to optimize recovery and minimize complications.