Eclipse Orthopaedics

Eclipse Orthopaedics

Distal Locking: Safer, Faster, Easier.

THE PROBLEM — DISTAL LOCKING

For about 175,000 leg and hip fractures each year, the best treatment is to secure the bone internally by implanting a stiff metal rod, or intermedullary (IM) nail, through the center of the bone and fix the ends of the nail to the bone with screws. The most challenging part of this task, called distal locking, is typically completed using C-arm fluoroscopy for guidance. While trauma specialists rarely struggle with this step, most surgeons performing this procedure are generalists in community hospitals. A faster and safer way to perform this procedure is needed to improve patient outcomes.

ASSOCIATED ISSUES

Surgical complications may include the following

LOST TIME

Difficulty with distal locking extends operative time

BLOOD LOSS

Increased surgery time leads to increased blood loss and associated conditions

MALROTATION

For 20-30% of patients, this procedure causes a limb rotation of 10 degrees or more

RADIATION

Achieving perfect circle alignment requires more radiation than necessary

DIFFICULT TOOLS

Cumbersome C-arms and avoiding the cone of radiation can interfere with direct access to the patient

EXTRA COSTS

Lack of local orthopaedic expertise causes most transfers of orthopaedic cases

SOLUTION

Eclipse is developing the Radiographic Targeting Attachment (RTA), a freehand targeting device that solves these issues by putting both targeting and drilling capabilities in the surgeons’ hands. When developed, the system will:

These innovations could make this method safer, faster, and easier for the majority of surgeons

  • Be accurate and easy to learn
  • Reduce operative time
  • Minimize exposure to radiation
  • Work within existing surgical techniques
  • Work with any nail system and any drill
  • Work for hip fractures and mid-shaft fractures of the femur and tibia

THE "RTA"

Eclipse Orthopaedics successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the RTA in cadaver studies. Five orthopaedic surgeons performed simulated distal locking procedures using the standard freehand technique and the RTA technique in the distal tibia, distal femur, and proximal femur. Results show that the technology could make the procedure safer, faster, and easier for all surgeons.

BENEFITS
  • Eliminates the step of aligning the C-arm to achieve "perfect circles" and the dependence on radiology technicians
  • Does not change the established surgical flow
  • Allows surgeons to approach the hole directly, without concern for the cone of radiation

This innovative technology could make the procedure safer, faster, and easier for all surgeons

NOTE: Acknowledgement of NIH-Supported Research – This research is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under award number R43AR074332. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. 

NEXT STEPS

Having demonstrated the potential for the RTA in its initial cadaver study, Eclipse is currently focused on conducting a larger scale study to further the technology’s design and validate the systems safety and efficacy in preparation for regulatory approval.

NOTE:  The RTA is currently under development, is not approved for use in humans and is not for sale.

ABOUT ECLIPSE

OUR STORY

Eclipse Orthopaedics is a startup focused on improving internal fixation procedures. The company was founded by industry veteran David Rich in Warsaw, Indiana, the “capital” of the orthopaedic medical device industry.
 
Although Eclipse is an orthopaedic device company, our priority is the patient. We believe that innovative orthopaedic devices simplify surgical procedures and ultimately improve the quality of care received. Our underlying goal for every new project is to engineer a product that increases the speed, ease, and safety of an operation. Currently, our team is focused on solving one of the biggest technical challenges in orthopaedic trauma – locating and drilling pilot holes for intramedullary nails.

OUR AIMS

At Eclipse Orthopaedics our goals are simple: shorter surgeries, simplified procedures, safer outcomes. This ideology drives what we do, because when it comes to a patient’s health there is no such thing as “good enough”.

OUR TEAM

Business

Leadership that understands the orthopaedics

industry and its regulatory environment.

Market ready solutions

Engineering

Creative, knowledgeable, and proven team.

Years of orthopaedic experience.

Tackling complex challenges efficiently

Support

Investment from Elevate Ventures.

Work that has been supported by the NIH.

Regional and national level assistance

Surgeons

Involved medical advisory board.

Access to hands on counsel and insight.

Tested and informed by users

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