Stryker Launches The Universal SMARTLock™ Hybrid MMF System
A Revolutionary System for Establishing Preoperative Occlusion and Bone
Reduction Expands Stryker's Commitment to Complete Craniomaxillofacial Care
KALAMAZOO, Mich., March 11, 2013
KALAMAZOO, Mich., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Stryker announced today the
global commercial launch of the Universal SMARTLock^™ Hybrid MMF system. The
Universal SMARTLock^™ Hybrid MMF system combines elements of both arch bars
and MMF screws in an effort to bring the standard of care for
maxillomandibular fixation (MMF) techniques into the 21st century.
In collaboration with inventor Jeffrey R. Marcus, MD, FAAP, FACS, Associate
Vice-Chair of Surgery at Duke University, the Universal SMARTLock^™ Hybrid MMF
system is designed to combine the strength and rigidity of arch bars with the
safety and efficiency of MMF screws. "The Universal SMARTLock™ Hybrid MMF
system is easy to apply, comfortable for the patients, and can impressively
increase a surgeon's efficiency," said Michael D. Turner, DDS MD FACS,
Associate Director of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery at Beth Israel and Jacobi
With nine potential points of fixation along the plate, posterior fixation and
vector control are enhanced when compared to traditional MMF screws. The
self-drilling, locking technology of the screws allows for purchase into both
the bone and the plate for additional stability and also eliminates the need
for interdental wiring that is required with arch bars.
"The Universal SMARTLock™ Hybrid MMF system is an effective and technically
simple process that may change the surgical management of maxillary and
mandibular fixation for all surgical specialties," said Dr. Jairo Bastidas,
DMD, Deputy Director, OMFS at Montefiore Medical Center. "Closed reduction of
the jaws can be accomplished with less exposure risk to the surgeon, decreased
operative time and excellent skeletal stability. The Universal SMARTLock™
Hybrid MMF system is an innovation for the management of facial trauma."
"The Universal SMARTLock™ Hybrid MMF system represents our dedication to
providing patients and physicians with the most advanced tools available to
treat mandibular and maxillary fractures," said David Mercado, Vice President
and General Manager of Stryker's CMF division. "Universal SMARTLock™ Hybrid
MMF sets a new standard in maxillomandibular fixation. It's a patented design
you will only find at Stryker."
The device has been granted 510 (k) market clearance by the US Food and Drug
Administration and is also available in international markets where it has
been cleared for sales.
View an animation of the SMARTLock Hybrid MMF System on Stryker's YouTube
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