IMPeek rods offer surgeons unique, flexible and dynamic solutions to complex fractures. With IMPeek rods, medullary canals can be filled up to 70% allowing plate-rod constructs up to 4x stronger than tradional plate-rod*
PEEK (polyetheretherketone) us a bioinert polymer with similar properties to healthy bone when filled with carbon fiber.
*Beierer et al (Vet Surgery, 2014)
This rod is:
- Radiodense and visible on radiographs
- Strong but flexible and approximates the mechanical properties of bone
- Made from medical grade, carbon fibre reinforced PEEK
- Light weight
- Made in the USA to the highest standards
Potential uses include:
- IM rod in conjunction with plates for long bones of small dogs and cat
- Tie-in external fixators, especially juxta-articular fractures
- Exotic or pocket pet orthopedics
- Screwable dowel pins for metacarpals/tarsals
- Spinal rods
Frequently Asked Questions
Instructions For Use
3. Use a metallic pin to create a pilot hole for the IMPeek rods. Choose the LARGEST possible rod which can be inserted into the medullary canal.
|3/16" or 13/64"||5.0mm|
|15/64" or 1/4"||6.0mm|
6. Place plate and screws
- Use new or sharp drill bit. The IMPeek rods are tough to drill through!
- Our StickTite™ drillbits can help the inital purchase of the rod when first engaging.
- Use saline when drilling to prevent thermal damage
- No need to avoid the IMPeek rod - drill in whatever direction you wish. If you happen to drill through the IMPeek rod, then you can screw into it and create an interlocking construct. If you miss it, then you will hopefully have a bicortical purchase
- Tap the hole, especially for small screw sizes (1.5-2.7mm). This is because the tap has a more aggressive cutting flute than self tapping screws, which can get bound up in the rod when they cut their own thread
|Recommended Screw Sizes for IMPeek Rods|
|0.8-1.1 threaded K-wire or 1.0-1.5 mm screws||2.0mm|
|1.5 mm screws||3.0mm|
|1.5-2.0 mm screws||4.0mm|
|2.0-2.4 mm screws||5.0mm|
|2.7-3.5 mm screws||6.0mm|