FAQs

Indication
Q
What are the indications for use of the ApiFix system?
 
A

The ApiFix indications are:

  • AIS having Cobb angle between 40 and 60 degrees
  • Classified as Lenke type 1 or 5
  • Having flexible curve
  • Minimal to moderate rotation
 
Q
Where is the implant placed?
 
A

The ApiFix screws are placed on both sides of the apex of the major curve, in the concave side.

 
Q
Does the implant correct rotation?
 
A

The ApiFix system will not correct rotation. It is therefore indicated for those patients not having significant rotation.

 
Q
Is there a requirement for surgical intervention after the implant is in place?
 
A

No surgical intervention is needed after implant is in place.

 
Q
Is it possible to take the implant our after the correction?
 
A

Once the correction is stable, it may be possible to remove the implant. However, such a removal has not yet been tested.

 
 
Biomechanics
Q
How does the implant bear the load with only two pedicle screws?
 
A

The unique poly-axial joints at the implant-screw interface do not allow transfer of any movement. The loads are purely axial and therefore the load is much easier to bear. In addition, the gradual correction enables the soft tissues to slowly accommodate the correction and thus the resulting loads are reduced.

 
Q
What is an ADLC coat?
 
A

Amorphous Diamond Like Coating (ADLC) is a ceramic coating  successfully used in orthopedics for many years.

 
 
Physiotherapy
Q
Do I need a physiotherapy support after the operation?
 
A

The physiotherapy protocol is short and simple and can be done at home. For optimal outcome, it is recommended to be assisted by a professional, at least until the exercises are  performed satisfactorily.

 
Q
What kind of exercise is needed post operation?
 
A

5 simple exercises need to be repeated daily (for about 20 minutes a day) starting 2 weeks after the operation and continuing until  a satisfactory correction is achieved.

 
 
Regulation
Q
What kind of regulatory clearances does the product hold?
 
A

CE mark and ISO