Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]
Due to the aging population and the increasing incidence of osteoporosis, hip fractures are becoming a common problem globally. Specifically in low-income countries, hip fractures are problematic because surgical intervention is rare.
Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]
The SIGN Hip Construct is a hip bone implant made of a compression screw and a plate that holds the structure in place while the fractured bone heals.
Relevance to developing country settings[edit | edit source]
This device was originally designed for use in Cambodia and Myanmar. Clinical trials were conducted in several countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
Manufacturing[edit | edit source]
- Manufacturer: Surgical Implant Generation Network
- Manufacturer location: Richmond, Washington, USA
Funding Source[edit | edit source]
This project receives philanthropic funding from the Washington Global Health Alliance and Donatelle.
References[edit | edit source]
Peer-reviewed publication[edit | edit source]
Justin, R et al. (Dec 2009). "Development and Biomechanical Testing of the SIGN Hip Construct." Techniques in Orthopaedics. Link available here.
Zirkle, L et al. (Dec 2009). "SIGN Hip Construct Surgical Technique and Early Clinical Experience." Techniques in Orthopaedics. Link available here.
Approval by regulatory bodies or standards boards[edit | edit source]
FDA approved, September 2002