STORM could fix da Silva fracture

A Staffordshire University medical engineer has claimed that a machine he developed could help reconstruct shattered limbs, such as the tibia fracture suffered by footballer Eduardo da Silva.

Prof Peter Ogrodnik spent 15 years perfecting medical devices and techniques for the repair of broken bones, and led the development of unique treatments for tibial fractures, including the Staffordshire Orthopaedic Reduction Machine (STORM).

Ogrodnik said: ‘The application of STORM and similar techniques has been proven to improve the treatment of patients suffering a broken leg.’

Of the 300 subjects treated in a trial led by Prof Ogrodnik and his team, more than 100 were footballers. Success stories have included Phil Talbot, a Port Vale player who defied predictions that he would never play again after a serious leg break.

Ogrodnik said the tibia is the most commonly broken long bone in the human body. The STORM reduction method to get the broken bone back into the correct alignment speeds up the healing process and ensures the patient can walk the next day. He claimed the longer-term results are more promising too, with more predictable and shorter operations for the hospital to carry out. .

Staffordshire University spinout Intelligent Orthopaedics sells STORM and other products for the treatment of limb fractures to hospitals worldwide.