Proconcept of France has developed Canaletto, a new surgical implant for treating carpal tunnel syndrome. The unique Canaletto implant promotes better recovery of grip in patients fitted with the device. Nearly 5,000 of these implants have been fitted across France and the rest of Europe over the past four years. The company is looking for international distributors or sales representatives.
Canaletto, which was developed in association with two surgeons at the Fontvert clinic in Avignon (south-east France), is a semi-rigid, silicone and polyethylene implant. It fits between the two edges of the ligamentum carpi transversum, or retinaculum, just behind the wrist flexion point. It has an upper surface to be retrained and a perfectly smooth lower surface, with no risk of developing adhesions on the median nerve or flexor tendons.
Canaletto is used to rebuild the anatomical functions of the retinaculum, which links the edges of the carpal tunnel, channelling the median nerve, which sensitises the thumb, index and middle fingers and the radial part of the ring finger. Reconstruction of the retinaculum restores the ‘pulley effect’ in the hands flexor tendons.
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