REFLEX™ Nitinol Staple System debuts at 2021 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Conference

FDA-510(k) Cleared Nitinol staple system enhances surgical patient outcomes through design innovation

By Medline Newsroom Staff | May 20, 2021

Attendees at this year’s American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Scientific Conference in Las Vegas will be among the first to see the Medline UNITE® REFLEX™ Nitinol Staple System (REFLEX™).

“The Medline UNITE Foot & Ankle team is laser-focused on developing specialty implant systems that enhance surgical techniques and improve patient outcomes. To help us create the new REFLEX Staple System, we leveraged expertise from several fellowship-trained foot & ankle surgeons,” said Scott Goldstein, director of marketing at Medline UNITE Foot & Ankle. “The ACFAS annual scientific conference is an opportunity to interact with leading experts in the field and gain key insights that will allow us to continue developing innovations that address their unmet needs.”

Medline UNITE Foot & Ankle has developed several indication-specific plating systems in recent years, and continues to develop specialty implant systems that improve patient outcomes while helping hospitals and surgery centers lower costs. This latest innovation illustrates Medline’s commitment to collaborating with leading foot and ankle surgeons to develop intelligently designed, intuitive implant systems.

REFLEX™ is just one of a dozen new implant systems the Medline UNITE division plans to launch in 2021. Nitinol staples continue to grow in popularity with foot and ankle surgeons as a preferred implant option for numerous common procedures, including various osteotomies and joint arthrodesis.

Several traditional staple designs used in foot and ankle surgeries are loaded onto an insertion tool to keep the staple’s legs parallel, but this often becomes challenging if the bones shift just slightly. The REFLEX™ system improves on previous designs and features an adjustable inserter that allows the surgeon to expand and contract the implant’s legs for easy insertion. The staples are designed with a slightly curved bridge to provide more even compression across the fusion site.

Many staples cannot be reloaded onto conventional insertion tools and many systems do not offer a removal tool. The REFLEX™ system’s inserter is designed with an innovative elevator-tip design which facilitates implant removal and reinsertion.

Learn more about Medline’s REFLEX™ Nitinol Staple System at booth #302 at the conference or visit

Categories: Perioperative

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