Globally, around 400 people in every million head of population will
present with a fracture of the tibia that requires surgical intervention.
This case study describes the exploitation of research that commenced with
a DTI/EPSRC grant. The results have a direct impact on the 400/million
population, their family, employers, and associated healthcare providers.
During the period 2008-today:
over 200 surgeons in 10 countries have been retrained in the new
between 2000-3000 patients have benefited from improved outcomes;
47 hospitals benefited from reduced operating times and reduced costs;
and surgeons benefit from a marked reduction in per-operative x-ray
exposure (reducing the risk of cancer).
The initial project was to identify the optimum movement of the fracture
fragments to promote healing; this was to lead to devices with the
potential for significant impact. A spin out company was formed which has
attracted over £1.4 million investment.