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Tel +44 0845114 130258 9596 8530info@vetinst.com info@vetinst.com Dental Equipment & Instrumentation Internal Fixation15 3 Custom Implants and New Implants under Development Many long established implant designs continue to serve extremely well. However, we still offer orthopaedic advice on a weekly basis where current solutions are sub-optimal. As any reader of previous editions of this catalogue will be aware, we are constantly adding to our implant range. It is the clinical desire, and in many cases, the absolute clinical requirement to develop new workable solutions that will be suitable for as many of our patients as possible that drives implant design at VI. Over the last couple of years we have developed our 1.0mm system, our butterfly plates, our LokRod™ system and most recently our ASYM® plates. At the same time we have expanded our selection of cuttable plates, biological healing plates, T-plates, TTO plates, TPLO plates, acetabular plates and intertarsal plates. Our range of pantarsal and pancarpal arthrodesis plates has also been extended and updated. We continue to work with colleagues around the world in creating custom implants for individual patients. In cases where a few patients may benefit from a particular design, it may be economical for us to put certain ‘custom’ designs into small scale production. This enables us to offer a more economical ‘off-the-shelf’ solution available for immediate dispatch for the next patient of similar proportions and with a similar problem. Limb salvage plate following resection of distal radius osteosarcoma. Case and pictures: Neil Burton & Alberto Gines. Our Technical Director, David Strong, is also an orthopaedic surgeon and designs all of our new orthopaedic implants. He works from scaled radiographs or CT imagery. With David’s clinical and design know-how, no prior implant design experience is required from a surgeon commissioning a VI plate. If you do not find what you are looking for as a ‘standard’ profile, please ask. We may already have a suitable plate in stock and both these and patient specific implant solutions may be more economical than you think! Custom pantarsal arthrodesis plate incorporating a trabecular tantalum implant. Case and photos: Toby Gemmill. 79