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

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