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      Judaism: Another Israeli Medical Advancement

      Published: Monday, January 20, 2003 11:59 PM
      Yet again, Israeli medical advances are in the news. This time, an Israeli doctor, Dr. Yechiel Gotfried of Haifa?s Bnai Zion Medical Center, has developed a minimally invasive method of fracture stabilization and fixation for hip-fracture surgery.


      Yet again, Israeli medical advances are in the news. This time, an Israeli doctor, Dr. Yechiel Gotfried of Haifa?s Bnai Zion Medical Center, has developed a minimally invasive method of fracture stabilization and fixation for hip-fracture surgery. The method, dubbed the Gotfried Percutaneous Compression Plating (PC.CP) System, ?greatly enhances the chances of hip surgery patients to fully regain their pre-operative mobility,? according to a report on the Israel21c.org website. While existing methods for stabilizing hip fractures, as reported in recent medical papers, allow only about 40% of patients to regain full pre-surgery mobility, the PC.CP System has a rate of 83% patient return to pre-surgery mobility.

      And now, the PC.CP System is soon to be available for American patients. Orthofix International, NV, an American publicly-traded company, has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement to market the product and has acquired the option to purchase the technology. According to Orthofix, major benefits of this new approach to hip-fracture surgery include a significant reduction of complications, reduced blood loss and less pain (important benefits for an already fragile and usually elderly patient population, often with other medical problems), faster rehabilitation, with patients often able to bear weight a few days after the operation.