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Pelvic-repair device developed by UT Southwestern surgeons enables minimally invasive trauma surgery
Date:4/18/2011

DALLAS April 19, 2011 A device developed by UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeons offers precise repair of pelvic fractures with minimal postsurgical scarring, pain and infection risk and is available for broad adoption by the nation's 200 level I trauma centers.

UT Southwestern orthopaedic surgeons Drs. Adam Starr and Charles Reinert developed the Starr Frame, its associated accessories and the Reinert fracture reduction, or realignment, instruments. Already in use at clinical locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe, the Starr Frame system was commercialized through the UT Southwestern Office for Technology Development and its BioCenter at Southwestern Medical District.

The device and instruments attach to the operating table and then to the intact portion of the pelvis using steel pins. The Starr Frame serves as an anchoring point for surgeons to control and re-align multiple fractures in various planes. The minimally invasive surgery option offers an advanced alternative to traditional pelvic repair through a large incision, said Dr. Starr.

"The 'open' approach to fracture reduction of the posterior pelvic ring has a high wound complication rate almost 10 percent for people of average size, and up to 30 percent for obese patients," said Dr. Starr, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery. "Because our approach is minimally invasive, wound infections are almost nonexistent."

An estimated 60,000 people a year in the U.S. sustain a fractured pelvis resulting from trauma, such as a traffic accident or fall. Most pelvic-fracture patients face complicated major surgeries, as much as a one-in-three chance of developing postsurgical infections, and lengthy, painful recoveries.

"Repairing a fractured pelvis can be a physical struggle in the operating room," said Dr. Reinert, professor of orthopaedic surgery. "You access the fracture through a major incision, and manually line up and anchor the pieces of the pelvi
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Contact: Dwayne Cox
dwayne.cox@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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