, Volume 68, Issue 4, pp 1177–1182 | Cite as

Magnesium-Based Compression Screws: A Novelty in the Clinical Use of Implants

  • Jan-Marten Seitz
  • Arne Lucas
  • Martin Kirschner


Magnesium alloys are currently subject to much research for use in biodegradable implant applications. The challenge in this field of material development comprises the design of an alloy that provides adequate mechanical and corrosion properties combined with an excellent biocompatibility. While there are many approaches in current literature only one Mg-based application shows the potential to hit the market. MAGNEZIX® Compression Screws are the world’s first approved/CE-certified magnesium-based implants designed for use in biodegradable osteosyntheses applications in humans. Therefore, this paper focusses on challenges and current clinical results achieved by means of degradable compression screws. Insights into the screws’ process chain and approval processes are given. As these innovative screws have already been on the market for 2 years long-term results based on their use in surgery are discussed.


Magnesium Alloy Radial Head Hallux Valgus Scaphoid Fracture Compression Screw 
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The authors would like to thank Katrin Nagel and Pierre Frega for their support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan-Marten Seitz
    • 1
  • Arne Lucas
    • 1
  • Martin Kirschner
    • 1
  1. 1.Syntellix AGHannoverGermany

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