FDA clears Summit Medical's non-invasive jaw fracture device: 7 takeaways

A new, non-invasive device to support jaw fracture recovery developed by Summit Medical based on research from the University of Minnesota received FDA clearance, according to the University of Minnesota.

Here's what you need to know.

1. Based on technology developed by Alan Johnson, MD, Minne Ties Agile, the non-invasive device to support jaw fractures, uses a collection of structures inserted between the teeth to securely and evenly fix the jaw in place and promote proper recovery.

2. Also, the device can be applied quicker and with less discomfort than traditional, wire-based methods.

3. The jaw bone is the second most fractured bone in the face, and such fractures may take up to six weeks to fully recover.

4. Minne Ties sutures have a smooth clasp head, are blunt-tipped, more comfortable and promise to reduce irritation and dental hygiene problems.

6. Surgeons may be able to apply the device in a clinic setting, reducing the cost and delays.

7. Director of the university's medical devices center Arthur Erdman said, "This technology holds enormous potential to benefit society, which is a big part of our mission as a public research university. We could easily imagine it as a future go-to resource for surgeons treating broken jaws across the country."

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