Why Choose the Precice Nail Procedure?
The Ilizarov method is minimally invasive, however the Precice method is even less invasive. By using the Precice sustem it eliminates the need for any type of external fixation device, ie. the Ilizarov Apparatus.
Despite its effectiveness, the Ilizaov method is not without its flaws, one of the common side effects is infections occurring at the site of the pins, as well as other complications. Using the Precice device, doctors are able to have a bit more control over the lengthening phases, increase them as they see fit. Also decrease them as they see fit.
How does it work?
The Precice system uses the interaction of magnets place on the Precice implant, as well as the External remote control (ERC), a portable device that controls the magnetic field allowing the Precice implant to be lengthened and shortened at will.
The best thing about the Precice system is that judging by your specific corrective needs, Dr. Widmann will make a deliberation about the rate of lengthening as well as other factors to consider. The Precise remote can be programmed to follow, directly the “prescription” of the doctor. Lengthening the femur and tibia by the specific guidelines Dr. Widmann and his team feel works best for the specific patient.
Weekly clinical and radiographic evaluations are performed to confirm lengthening and to calculate new bone formation. Also depending on any number of factors of lengthening or shortening, the prescription can be changed and controlled manually as well.
Benefits of the Precice System
- Uses less-invasive magnets
- Lengthening and shortening rates can be programmed or controlled manually via remote control.
- Adjustments can be made to programming at will, without any invasive surgical measures.
- Customizable lengthening protocol based upon patient’s prescription.
- Can be reversed.
- Comes in three specific diameter sizes depending on patient’s limb size. (8.5mm, 10.7mm, and 12.5mm)
If you or your loved one feel they may be a candidate for limb lengthening and would like to give the Precice system a try contact Dr. Roger Widmann today.