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SIGN Hip Construct
|Health Topic||Physical disabilities|
|Location||Africa, Asia, South America|
Problem being addressed
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
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
This device was originally designed for use in Cambodia and Myanmar. Clinical trials were conducted in several countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
- Manufacturer: Surgical Implant Generation Network
- Manufacturer location: Richmond, Washington, USA
This project receives philanthropic funding from the Washington Global Health Alliance and Donatelle.
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
FDA approved, September 2002