Silverback™ Mini-Open Plating System Launching

December 13, 2021by Jim Edson
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Paragon 28®, Inc. Increases its Robust Hindfoot Fusion Plating Offering, Launching the Silverback™ Mini-Open Plating System

A patent-pending Precision Guided plate and screw construct to be used in cases where minimal soft tissue dissection and increased stability of the tibiotalar (TT) joint is desired

Paragon 28, Inc. 
December 9, 2021

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., December 9, 2021 — Paragon 28, Inc. (NYSE: FNA) (“PARAGON”), a leading medical device company exclusively focused on the foot and ankle orthopedic market, is pleased to announce the launch of its Silverback™ Mini-Open Plating System to accommodate arthroscopic or mini-open fusion procedures of the ankle. The Silverback™ Anterior Mini-Open Plate provides surgeons an alternative to a three-screw construct for ankle arthrodesis. The Anterior Mini-Open Plate allows for a smaller incision when compared to traditional ankle arthrodesis plates to allow for preservation of the soft tissue envelope. The use of fewer screws enables the surgeon to preserve more bone surface area improving the rate of union, specifically in patients with poor bone quality at the joint.1 The Mini-Open construct avoids fusion of the medial and lateral gutters which may allow for take down later in the continuum of care to a total ankle replacement.



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Figure 1: Silverback™ Mini-Open Plating System Precision Guided Construct


The Silverback™ Mini-Open Plating System includes four unique plates available in flat and contoured options to accommodate variations in anatomy and all plate screws have the option to drill on-axis or off-axis up to 15°. All plates are constructed from Type II Anodized Titanium for increased strength and include a transitional thickness maximizing material where the plate is subjected to most stress and tapering proximally and distally to limit soft tissue disruption. The plates work in combination with a patent-pending Precision Guide allowing for reproducible placement of two cannulated screws outside the plate increasing construct rigidity and decreasing micromotion at the ankle joint when compared to a three-screw construct. Burrs are included to aid in removal of osteophytes from the anterior surface and in preparation of the TT joint.

Todd Irwin, MD, a Silverback™ design surgeon, said, “The Silverback™ Mini-Open Plating System adds another creative option to the Silverback™ Ankle Fusion line of products. Using the same concepts and design features that have made the Silverback™ Ankle Fusion System my preferred system for all ankle fusions, the new Mini-Open System provides surgeons the option of a smaller incision while maintaining strength and precision targeting of compression screws. For surgeons who use minimal incisions out of preference or necessity, this system provides an excellent solution without sacrificing construct stability.”

The addition of the Silverback™ Mini-Open Plating System bolsters Paragon 28’s Precision Ankle Solutions product offering, which includes the Gorilla® Ankle Fracture Plating System, APEX 3D™ Total Ankle Replacement, Phantom® TTC Nail System, and Phantom® ActivCore™ Nail System. With this comprehensive portfolio, Paragon 28® provides its customers innovative ankle solutions for trauma, arthritis, and limb salvage.

Paragon 28® is grateful for the significant contributions that Dr. Paul Fortin, MD, Dr. Byron Hutchinson, DPM, Dr. Todd Irwin, MD, and Dr. Mark Myerson, MD, made in the design of this system.

About Paragon 28, Inc.
Paragon 28®, Inc. was established in 2010 to address the unmet and under-served needs of the foot and ankle community. From the onset, Paragon 28® has made it our goal to re-invent the space of foot and ankle surgery. We believe that through research and innovation we can create new and improved solutions to the challenges faced by foot and ankle specialists.

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CONTACT: Jim Edson, VP of Downstream Marketing – [email protected]

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Related Links


  1. Demonstrating Performance Improvements Using Supplemental Plate Fixation When Compared to a Three-Screw Ankle Fusion Strategy. Paragon 28 Research & Development. 2021



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