Compression and stabilization for foot and ankle surgery in diabetic patients

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A novel orthopedic device providing simultaneous stabilization and compression for patient's foot, ankle, and/or lower extremity. Simultaneous stabilization and compression is required in foot and ankle surgeries, revisional foot and ankle fusions, bone salvation efforts for patients with compromised bone and/or joint structure as for example for Charcot neuroarthropathy patients.

A researcher at UT Health San Antonio has devised a novel orthopedic device which will provide simultaneous stabilization and compression for a patient?s foot, ankle, and/or lower extremity.  It is anticipated surgeons will use the device for Charcot foot and ankle surgeries, revisional foot and ankle fusions (nonunions), and in cases where a patient?s bones suffer from decreased mineral density and cortical stiffness such as those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.


Charcot neuroarthropathy (CN) is defined by a bone and/or joint deformity in limbs that have lost sensory innervations. The incidence is very high in diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy. Historically, foot and ankle deformities as a result of CN were treated with immobilization, total contact casting, and accommodative footwear. The risk of amputation is increased with non-operative treatment for CN and the literature shows variable protocols, techniques, and outcomes for surgical reconstruction of these complex and debilitating deformities.


  • Provides both stabilization and compression
  • Can allow for less hospitalization and earlier rehabilitation
  • Can be used for any reconstructive foot or ankle surgery where a compression arthodesis is needed.  
  • Can reduce risk of post-operative complications  

IP Status:                   Issued in the United States and Europe.  Pending in Australia and Canada

                                   Available for exclusive licensing; collaboration; development


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Thomas Zgonis
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