The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the TriLeap lower extremity anatomic plating system by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) company DePuy Synthes.

The clearance for US-based DePuy Synthes means the plating system can be used by surgeons to stabilise bones during bunionectomies, osteotomies, and fusions or fractures of the foot or ankle.

In a press release, J&J said DePuy Synthes expects to roll out the device in the US in 2024.

Bunions are one of the most common foot problems, affecting around one-third of older American adults. There are around 350,000 bunion surgeries performed in the US each year. Simple bunionectomies have higher-than-average failure rates.

The system will come with various plate options and procedure-specific implants with a range of screw diameters to cover multiple foot and ankle procedures.

The news follows another FDA clearance for DePuy Synthes after the agency cleared the company’s TriATLIS thoracolumbar implant system.

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In September, the company underwent a transformation with its main departmental arms changing names and its logo undergoing a facelift, the famous cursive script being replaced with modernised branding.

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