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The Minne Skinny Q1 2024



 

Five Years Old: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Welcome to this special edition of our newsletter sharing important information and updates about Minne Ties to help you have the best possible experience and outcomes with the technology.

It’s hard to believe, but Invisian Medical turned five years old last month! As with any start-up medical device company, it’s been an exciting and sometimes challenging journey. I’m extremely proud of our small team and all we’ve accomplished by listening to you and learning from you. Some key accomplishments include:


• Re-design of Minne Ties to significantly improve upon the original design

• Brought a manufacturing process in-house for continuous improvement

• Publication of five peer-reviewed papers about Minne Ties

• Use in nearly 60 academic medical centers across the U.S.

Looking forward to the next five years, we’ll continue to listen and learn from you to better support you in every way possible. We’re working on new product development to address your needs. And we strive every day to help you positively impact patient care.

Thank you for being on the journey with us!







Jan Mark Creidenberg

Co-Founder and CEO

 

Improving Your Experience:

Recent Technology Enhancements


Recent enhancements have been made to the large 1.0 mm Minne Tie to further improve its usability and reliability in surgical applications. These updates are designed to enhance the surgical experience and offer greater flexibility and strength during procedures.


  1. Reduced Introducer Diameter: The diameter of the stainless steel blunt-tipped rigid introducer on the large-size Minne Tie has been reduced. This modification did not affect the size of the pliable green suture but allowed for the large Minne Tie to be utilized more broadly. This is particularly helpful in smaller or tighter embrasures where it may have been difficult to insert the large rigid introducer. This change also enhances the passing of the introducer through the clasp head.

  2. Strengthened Suture Clasp Attachment: Refined manufacturing processes have resulted in further strengthening of the suture attachment to the clasp head, further enhancing the overall durability and reliability of Minne Ties performance, ensuring a secure and stable application during surgical procedures

  3. Reinforced Locking Mechanism: The locking mechanism of the Minne Ties has been made even stronger and more durable. This advancement further ensures the stability and security of the Minne Ties once MMF has been achieved.

These updates collectively contribute to an improved surgical experience with Minne Ties. Invisian Medical aims to provide surgeons with a more versatile, reliable, and easy-to-use solution for their MMF needs.


 

Getting the Bite Tight:

Stable MMF With Minne Ties

Ensuring Minne Ties are properly tightened is fundamental for MMF stability. These application tips are essential to ensuring Minne Ties work as designed.


After threading a Minne Tie through the clasp head's locking mechanism, it's crucial to ensure the Minne Tie sits directly against the interdental contacts—pulling through any gingival tissue. To achieve this, it's beneficial to place a finger inside the loop and incorporate a gentle rocking motion with the suture.


This method also serves as a critical test to assess any chance of potential “floss through”. It's particularly important to identify any slippage or flossing through the contact points at this stage, as the chosen Minne Tie size may not be appropriate or that the dentition quality is insufficient. Discovering the risk of floss through early on—while there is still access to the oral cavity—is very beneficial, rather than after occlusion is established and replacing a Minne Tie becomes impossible without removing all of them.


 

Missing a Tooth? Here's a Solution


In a recent case, one of our team members encountered a new Minne Ties technique:


A single Minne Tie can be wrapped circumdentally around a grouping of teeth in the same arch, akin to a bridle wire. That Tie can then be used as an artificial "fixation point" for the vertically looped Minne Ties where the dentition itself does not offer a sufficient contact point.


 

What We've Been Up To


Invisian Medical was happy to support the 2024 ASTMJS/ESTMJS Joint Meeting from February 29 – March 2 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. We enjoyed connecting with everyone and listening to the presentations!


Invisian Medical will also be supporting the AACMFS 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting from April 3-6 in Nova Scotia, Canada. We hope to see you there!

 

As with most surgical procedures, there are risks associated with maxillomandibular fixation (MMF), including with Minne Ties. For complete information regarding indications for use, additional application and removal instructions, risks, contraindications, warnings, precautions and adverse events, please review the device’s Instructions for Use (IFU) included in the package and at www.minneties.com.


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