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Shark Screw®

Less: pain, risks, sick leave.10

Shark Screw®

no metal removal9

Shark Screw® is a screw made from human bone (bone screw). It is biointelligent and is converted into its own bone. This saves you the risk of a second surgery to remove metal.1, 9, 11 This is performed in up to 20% of orthopedic patients operated on.

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Shark Screw® - the human bone screw

The metal removal

 Cost. Pain. Sick leave.

Cost: Metal removals, are the most common surgeries performed in the US and Europe, accounting for 5% – 15%. 3, 4, 5, 11 Pain: This can occur when metal implants fail, bones do not heal (pseudarthrosis), or soft tissues (tendons, muscle, skin, or other tissue) are damaged by the implant.6 Sick leave: Patients are on sick leave for an average of 15.66 days after outpatient metal removal and 35.09 days after inpatient metal removal.7 There are also cases where metal systems remain in the body, a scenario that is unacceptable to many patients.

From Shark Screw® to patient’s own bone1

With the use of Shark Screw®, your surgeon provides you with screws made of human bone (bone screws) and thus saves you the risk of a second operation for metal removal. 9 However, screws made from human bone have many more advantages than eliminating the need for metal removal. Minute natural structures in the Shark Screw® allow your own cells to migrate into the screw, remodeling it into your own bone.1

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No additional costs for patients

Shark Screw® is used to treat known medical conditions. In public hospitals, there are no additional costs for patients. In private hospitals, costs may arise independently of Shark Screw®. In case of uncertainty, it is best to clarify this directly with your own health insurance and the hospital of your choice.


Under #sharkscrewstory or #sharkscrewhero you have the opportunity to find experiences of other people on social media channels such as  YouTube, Instagram or Facebook or to share your personal #sharkscrewstroy with the world. Here you will find selected experiences of patients who have been treated with Shark Screw.

Mission 2030:

Help 500,000 patients

“As the number of active Shark Screw® Heros grows, so do the patients who can benefit from treatment with Shark Screw®. By 2030, 5,000 surgeons are expected to be working with Shark Screw®. Thus, 500,000 patients should be able to be treated with Shark Screw® during this period. “


Shark Screw® Heros are what can save you, the patient, the risk of a second metal removal surgery.9 Find expert opinions on the topic of humane bone screws and Shark Screw® here or on your social media channels at #sharkscrewhero.

Find Shark Screw® Hero

The world of Shark Screw® is growing day by day. When looking for an orthopedic surgeon who can offer you a fitting option without the risk of a second surgery, we support you where we can. Ask us now, or ask us later. Until then, get the latest news on the social media channels of your choice.

Metal? Please not in the body.

The risk that you will have to deal with a second metal removal operation, the associated sick leave and costs, is between 3% and 33%, depending on the operation and surgeon.2 With the use of Shark Screw®, your surgeon can reduce this risk for you completely. 9 Talk to your surgeon.

Benefit from Shark Screw®

As a patient, you will benefit most from Shark Screw® in the treatment of fractures, arthrosis, deformities such as bunionflat feet, tendon and ligament injuries or non-healing operations (pseudarthroses). Learn more about your clinical pictures and how they can be treated conservatively or surgically in the surgebright guides.


1 I. Brcic, K. Pastl, H. Plank, J. Igrec, J. E. Schanda, E. Pastl, M. Werner. Incorporation of an Allogenic Cortical Bone Graft Following Arthrodesis of the First Metatarsophalangeal Joint in a Patient with Hallux Rigidus Life (2021) 2 Ruden, J. (2019). Operative Korrektur des 1. Strahls am Fuß – Evaluation des verwendeten Implantats und des klinisch funktionellen Outcomes. Marburg: Philipps-Universität Marburg. 3 Bostman O, Pihlajamaki H (1996) Routine implant removal after fracture surgery: a potentially reducible consumer of hospital resources in trauma units. J Trauma 41: 846–849 4 Busam ML, Esther RJ, Obremskey WT (2006) Hardware removal: indications and expectations. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 14: 113–120 5 Rutkow IM (1986) Orthopaedic operations in the United States, 1979 through 1983. J Bone Joint Surg Am 68: 716–719 6 Schildhauer, T.A. Metallentfernungen. Trauma Berufskrankh 9, S292–S296 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10039-007-1286-4 7 Auskunft der OÖ Gebietskrankenkasse LGKK OÖ (2018) 8 Aus Gründen der besseren Lesbarkeit wird auf die gleichzeitige Verwendung der Sprachformen männlich, weiblich und divers (m/w/d) verzichtet. Sämtliche Personenbezeichnungen gelten gleichermaßen für alle Geschlechter. 9 Werden bei einer Operation neben dem Einsatz von Shark Screw® auch Implantate aus Metall eingesetzt, so hat der Einsatz von Shark Screw® keinen Einfluss auf das Risiko einer Metallentfernung dieses Metallimplantates. Es kann daher zu einer Metallentfernung kommen. In der Medizin gibt es nie eine 100% Wahrscheinlichkeit auf Heilung. Generelle OP-Risiken, das Knochen nicht heilt (Pseudarthrose) oder ein Implantat Versagen ist bei jeder Operation, gegeben und kann bei Metallimplantaten oder Shark Screw® nie zu 100% ausgeschlossen werden. 10 Durch den Entfall des Risikos einer zweiten Operation zur Metallentfernung, entfallen die damit potenziellen Kosten, Krankenstände, Schmerzen und die damit einhergehenden OP-Risiken, die Patienten durch diese zweite Operation erleiden könnten.

11 Arch Toxicol. 2020; 94(12): 3937–3958. Online veröffentlicht 2020 Sep 10. doi: 10.1007/s00204-020-02906-z

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