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BioMedical Enterprises, Inc. (BME) Introduces the HammerLock™ Shape Memory Device for Hammertoes.
Date:10/18/2010

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- BioMedical Enterprises, Inc. (BME), a privately held medical device company and leader in orthopedic shape memory implant technology, announces the nationwide launch of the HammerLock™ Intramedullary Nitinol Fixation System for use in the correction of hammertoes.  

A hammertoe is a permanent and sometimes painful deformity of the proximal joint of the 2nd through 5th toes.  Hundreds of thousands of people seek treatment each year for this condition and surgical intervention is often necessary to bring relief to the patient.  The most common correction method involves the use of a thin wire to stabilize the joint.  This method, which leaves the wire exposed for several weeks, results in complications and is an inconvenience for the patient.  

The BME HammerLock™ stabilizes the proximal joint of the toe without the need for exposed wires. Formed out of the biocompatible shape memory alloy Nitinol, the HammerLock™ is designed to change shape when exposed to body heat.  After being placed internally across the joint in its closed, spear-like shape, the implant morphs as it warms to normal limb temperature to provide strong fixation of the proximal joint of the toe.  Its spring-like behavior then compresses the joint long-term resulting in an optimal environment for healing.  

Made by Texas-based BME, the only Nitinol small bone fixation manufacturer in the U.S., the HammerLock™ was carefully designed with the feedback of dozens of foot surgeons from across the country resulting in an advanced, robust implant that provides secure fixation.  In addition, the implant's patent-pending storage and deployment system sets a new standard for quick, simple and precise insertion minimizing operating room time.  

"The new BME HammerLock™ intramedullary implant has improved my patient outcomes for hammertoe surgery," says Dr. Jeremy Mc
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