Tarsal Joint Distractor

Designed specifically for use in foot and ankle surgery, the Tarsal Joint Distractor offers superior joint space exposure by distracting without inserting blades into the joint or blocking access from above.

The device accommodates 0.062" k-wires and 2.0mm (5/64") Steinman pins and provides up to 40mm of stable hands-free distraction of articular spaces enabling a surgeon to denude cartilage, perform subchondral drilling, and prepare articular surfaces for fusion.

To use, the distractor is placed flush against the joint and held in place with K-wires or Steinman pins which are driven through the bones. The distractor's handle is then rotated to pull the bones apart and open the joint. Because the distractor is not over the joint, it is not necessary to work around the instrument. The small, irregular bones of the foot with inaccessible joint spaces are easily distracted and held in a stable open position for cartilage removal and fenestration, re-section of coalitions, and insertion of grafts.

The Tarsal Joint Distractor is ideal for procedures such as arthrodesis, tarsal fractures, or coalition resections and can also be used as temporary fixation to compress an osteotomy, fracture, or fusion site while placing internal fixation.

• Lapidus Procedure
• Subtalar Joint Fusion
• Talonavicular Arthrodesis - T-N Fusion
• Calcaneocuboid Arthrodesis - C-C Fusion
• Triple Arthrodesis
• Lisfranc’s Fusion
• Intercuneiform Fusions
• Navicular Fractures
• Distraction Arthrodesis - Bony Block Fusion
• Evans Procedure
• Tarsal Procedure
• STA-PEG Procedures
• Silver Calcaneal Osteotomy
• Dwyer Lateral Opening Wedge

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U.S. Patent # 7,097,647

Tarsal Joint Distractor

Item # 43-1041 Standard  
Item # 43-1043 Deep Tip

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