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Orthofix Announces 510(k) Clearance and First Implant of Fitbone Transport and Lengthening System

LEWISVILLE, Texas, July 9, 2024–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Orthofix Medical Inc. (NASDAQ:OFIX), a leading global spine and orthopedics company, today announced the 510(k) clearance and first U.S. implant of the Fitbone™ Transport and Lengthening System. Used to treat large bone defects in the femur and tibia due to trauma, infectious or malignant conditions, the device is the only intramedullary nail designed to transport or lengthen the bone through a single surgery.

“Patients with defects to the femur and tibia can be difficult to treat and often have undergone multiple prior surgeries,” said Dr. David Frumberg, an orthopedic surgeon and Director of the Limb Restoration and Lengthening Program in New Haven, Conn., who performed the first U.S. implantation. “The Fitbone Transport and Lengthening System is a game-changing new option that enables bone to be transported across the defect, allowing very challenging problems to be treated without multiple follow-up surgeries.”

The Fitbone Transport and Lengthening System features the same motorized technology found in the Fitbone TAA Intramedullary Lengthening System, a product that has been in clinical use for more than 20 years and is supported by numerous publications. Implanted through a minimally invasive procedure, the system consists of the motorized intramedullary nail, a receiver and an external control set that enables the patient to manage the distraction phase at home. Once the treatment is complete, the nail and receiver are removed.

“The Fitbone Transport and Lengthening System further demonstrates our commitment to expanding surgical options for hard-to-treat conditions, specifically within trauma, that can have a big impact on a patient’s quality of life,” said Massimo Calafiore, Orthofix President and CEO. “We are proud of this milestone achievement and our continued innovation and advancement of the Fitbone product family that has already transformed the lives of so many patients.”

Orthofix is the only orthopedic company that offers a comprehensive portfolio of both internal and external fixation solutions for limb reconstruction and deformity correction procedures. Those attending the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (LLRS) Annual Meeting July 11-13 in Hollywood, Florida can learn more about the Fitbone Transport Nail and Limb Lengthening System as well as the company’s full portfolio of orthopedic solutions by visiting the Orthofix booth. The Fitbone Transport and Lengthening System is currently available in the U.S. under a limited market release.

About Orthofix

Orthofix is a leading global spine and orthopedics company with a comprehensive portfolio of biologics, innovative spinal hardware, bone growth therapies, specialized orthopedic solutions, and a leading surgical navigation system. Its products are distributed in more than 60 countries worldwide. The Company is headquartered in Lewisville, Texas, where it conducts general business, product development, medical education and manufacturing, and has primary offices in Carlsbad, CA, with a focus on spine and biologics product innovation and surgeon education, and Verona, Italy, with an emphasis on product innovation, production, and medical education for orthopedics. The combined Company’s global R&D, commercial and manufacturing footprint also includes facilities and offices in Irvine, CA, Toronto, Canada, Sunnyvale, CA, Maidenhead, UK, Munich, Germany, Paris, France and São Paulo, Brazil.

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