Mentor Worldwide LLC this week introduced PDS™ Flexible Plate, an absorbable implant that provides structural support and streamlines cartilage management during nasal reconstruction procedures.

Nasal reconstruction surgeries, such as rhinoplasty and septoplasty, can require the meticulous reconnecting of cartilage pieces to form a straight, solid plate that bridges and supports nasal structures. These procedures frequently result in disposal of valuable cartilage, as well as complications requiring re-operation and secondary surgeries.

The PDS™ Flexible Plate is a biodegradable polydioxanone surgical material that can act as a scaffold for the assembly of the cartilage pieces and support newly reconstructed cartilage during the critical healing period following surgery. It can also reduce the need for secondary cartilage donor site surgery.

Mentor’s product announcement cites multiple clinical study results in which patients who underwent surgery with PDS Flexible Plate had few immediate and no long term complications and reported revision rates were low.

PDS Flexible Plate remains intact during the first 10 weeks after implantation, but it is absorbed completely within 25 weeks, leaving no residue and minimal fibrous scar tissue. This absorbability avoids some of the long-term problems associated with non-absorbable implants.

Clinical studies show Pthe Plate provides non-warping support during healing. It also supports the graft pieces as a guide, bridging and supporting the nasal structure and preventing overlap and bending.

For patients who have undergone multiple nasal surgeries risk graft depletion, PDS Flexible Plate offers a highly versatile, reliable way of making maximal use of many cartilage fragments otherwise discarded, and may reduce the need for secondary cartilage donor site surgery.

Available in a number of sizes and configurations, one of which is perforated, the product can be trimmed to suit a variety of anatomical conditions and surgical needs, including rhinoplasty and septoplasty procedures. The temporary scaffold can be used to construct columellar struts, septal extension grafts, alar battens, and upper lateral replacement grafts.


[Source: Mentor Corp]