You have the choice:
This innovative implant was made for you
From broken bones to plastic surgery to correcting malpositions - of the millions of implants surgically implanted in the body during orthopaedic operations, a not inconsiderable number have to be removed again because they give rise to undesirable reactions. The second operation is always associated with potential risks for the patients: the surgery can damage blood vessels or nerves, and the anaesthetic and possible infection are additional risks, not to mention the pain arising from the operation and the sick time involved (average up to 3 days away from work) and of course, the restricted mobility.
The most widespread type of implants to date are made of titanium or steel because of their stability and strength. But most of the instances in which they are used actually only need temporary stabilisation and fixation of the bone until it is healed - afterwards, the permanent implants remain "functionless" in the body, and can give rise to foreign body reactions.
If these risks are to be avoided, one can also use resorbable polymer implants instead (based on polyglycolic acid and/or polylactic acid, PGA/PLA), but their use is strongly restricted because of their low mechanical properties.
MAGNEZIX® implants offer you both, they combine the proven stability of metallic implants with the resorbability of polymers, but without the disadvantages of these systems - a sensational progress!
Everyone can profit from MAGNEZIX®
First heal, then dissolve!
First heal, then dissolve! The highly innovative implants made of MAGNEZIX® combine metallic stability and bioabsorption. They establish a completely new standard in orthopaedic surgery, and can be used for almost all of the same applications for which conventional implants are also used.
The areas of application for MAGNEZIX® CS are operations in which an implant is required to provide temporary stabilisation of a bone. Depending on its size, the MAGNEZIX® can be used for the fixation of small to medium-sized bones and bone fragments, such as:
- Correcting malpositions, e.g. Hallux valgus operations
- Correcting faulty joints (pseudoarthroses)
- Stiff joints
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Detachment of cartilage pieces from joint surfacesRuhigstellung von Knochenbrüchen
In addition, MAGNEZIX® implants have also been successfully used in particularly sensitive allergic patients who are unable to tolerate conventional implants.
Before a planned operation goes ahead, you should talk to your doctor about using our implants. We will also be happy to inform your doctor about our products in case he or she has not used them before. Using our implant does not require your doctor to make any significant changes to the surgical technique.
Getting fit quicker
/// Athletes and active people+
Sport is good for health & fitness, and an excellent way to relax after a stressful day. Over 20 million people in Germany regularly take part in sports, and promote their strength and mobility. However, exercising can also give rise to accidents, which could cause a bone fracture. Falling off a bike, or falling when skating, can easily lead to a fracture of the wrist or lower arm.
Lower arm and elbow fractures are the most frequent types of fractures because when someone falls, they automatically try to protect themselves with their arms and hands. Continuous physiological stressing or overstressing of bones can also give rise to stress fractures, which frequently affect the middle foot bones, ankles and shins in runners and football players.
No compromises when treating sports-related fractures: implants made of MAGNEZIX® are metallically stable and therefore many times stronger than conventional polymer implants. And unlike normal metal screws or wires, they do not have to be surgically removed again from the body - because they are biotransformable: the alloy constituents of MAGNEZIX® stimulate human bone cells (osteoblasts) and promote bone growth. Strong infection-inhibiting effects during the degradation of the magnesium also help to reduce complications. The biomechanical properties of MAGNEZIX® are similar to those of human bone, and therefore counteract so-called "stress shielding" which can lead to osteopenia (bone weakening) .
A particularly "child-friendly" solution
The human skeleton is particularly at risk of suffering bone fractures during childhood. This is because the skeleton is still in the development phase in children.
But this situation naturally does not stop children from playing and running around in a carefree and uninhibited way. Unfortunately, this means that smaller (and sometimes also larger) injuries sometimes come about.
Fractures in children heal much faster and much better than in adults, and they can also correct themselves automatically during growth ("grow out"). However, if temporary fixation of a bone is still considered necessary, implants made of MAGNEZIX® are particularly "child-friendly" solutions. This is because they are not only bioresorbed in the body, but also remodelled into bone tissue, which means that they do not have any negative influence on further growth. Conventional implants would have to be surgically removed again - but which parents want to put their children unnecessarily through a second operation (not to mention the stay in a hospital, the pain, and being separated from their families), if this operation can be avoided?
A painful reality
/// Hallux valgus+
A painful reality: foot problems are one of the most common ailments in Germany. Ten million Germans complain about painful changes to their toes, and two out of three women can expect to have problems with their feet during their lifetimes.
"Hallux valgus" - or bunion - is the result of a vicious circle of overstressing and tissue weakness. This typical malposition leads to walking problems, pain and the loss of quality of life and enjoyment amongst many of the sufferers - mostly women. Pain and restrictions are also the conditions required for a correction to be made. It makes no sense to carry out the operation for purely cosmetic reasons.
MAGNEZIX® CS compression screws perfectly fulfil the function of a temporary load-bearing component when such operations are carried out: the bone is initially supported with metallic stability by the implant, and as the implant gradually bioresorbs during the course of healing, the bone gradually bears more and more of the load - without any foreign material remaining behind in the body. In addition, MAGNEZIX® is available in a range of different lengths and diameters so that it can be used in all conventional surgical methods (for instance Scarf, Chevron, minimal invasive osteotomies).
Less pain, fewer risks, less worry
Hardly any of us like the idea of metal remaining permanently behind in the body after an operation if this can be avoided. And even worse, we do not want to have to undergo another operation to remove the metal because we all know about the risks of any operation, and also want to remain as mobile as possible. These are precisely the reasons why implants made of MAGNEZIX® are the much more convincing alternative:
- MAGNEZIX® is the world's first magnesium alloy for biotransformable implants to have gained official approval.
- When magnesium degrades, it creates an antibacterial, infection-inhibiting environment. MAGNEZIX® implants promote bone growth and are transformed into normal bone tissue.
- The bone-like properties prevent bone shrinkage during the immobilisation period.
- And the controlled bioresorption of MAGNEZIX® makes a second operation to remove metal completely unnecessary, and no foreign material remains behind in the body.
- It also has very good biocompatibility and tolerance, and no allergies have ever been reported.
As strong as bone, but no stress for the body
The MAGNEZIX® implants are simply resorbed by the body. And more: they promote bone growth and are themselves gradually turned into bone. Moreover, they have an anti-infective effect. The screws contain more than 90% magnesium, which is about 150 mg with a MAGNEZIX® CS 3.2 (20 mm length). This quantity corresponds roughly to the magnesium content of three large bottles of mineral water and is negligible compared to the total body-magnesium content - in particular because the screw is transformed over a long period of time.
- Fewer risks (infection, anaesthetic)
- Less pain
- Less stress
- Less loss of time (days sick, time off work)
MAGNEZIX® - the implant of the future
First heal, then dissolve: The MAGNEZIX® principle
Metal that turns into bone - a new standard for implants. This brief introduction gives an overview of the unique advantages and benefits of MAGNEZIX®.
Costs and Reimbursement of MAGNEZIX®
The innovative MAGNEZIX® magnesium implants are somewhat more expensive than conventional titanium screws, however, the costs incurred during outpatient procedures are reimbursed directly to the doctor by the health insurance company. In stationary operations MAGNEZIX® implants are contained in the so-called DRGs which the hospital gets for treatment.
The advantages are overwhelming: Individual cost carriers even strive for direct cooperation agreements with Syntellix - no wonder because these unique implants help to avoid complications and illnesses and to reduce the costs of material removal in Germany of over one billion euros.