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NuGrip ™ CMC Implant

Choosing the hemi arthroplasty Pyrocarbon implant helps you to limit uncertainty during your CMC replacement cases for young and demanding patients.


Features & benefits

  • PyroCarbon material with bone friendly, elasticity and durability properties.
  • Minimal bone resection which helps to preserve the trapezium.
  • Anatomical stem to press fit within the intramedullary canal without cement.
  • The stem and collar enhance stability and minimize the possibility of movement or toggling of the stem within the canal.
  • The spherical head provides the maximum opportunity for range of motion.
  • The instrumentation is streamlined and color coded for simplified use.

There are nine sizing options:



Properties of this material:

Cardiac Valve¹

  • 40+ years use cardiac valve
  • 3+ million valves
  • 20+ million patient years

Bone friendly

The elastic modulus of PyroCarbon is similar to cortical bone resulting in biomechanical compatibility with bone. Unlike surgical grade metals, PyroCarbon transfers load from implant to bone more effectively, thus reducing stress shielding and potential bone resorption.²

Elastic Modulus (GPa)³

Elastic modulus of metal and ceramic are much greater than that of bone or PyroCarbon.



Natural joints have been shown to lubricate through the adsorption of surfactants surface-active phospholipids (SAPL) to cartilage which provides boundary layer lubrication and a reduction in friction. PyroCarbon surfaces o er the potential for boundary layer lubrication and a low coe cient of friction through the same mechanism.4
In laboratory tests, PyroCarbon performed superior to other prosthetic materials in its ability to attract SAPL.4 This may contribute to favorable wear characteristics in hemiarthroplasty applications.

1. Haubold AD, On the durability of pyrolytic carbon in vivo, Medical Progress through Technology 20:201-208, 1994
2. Stanley J, Klawitter JJ, More R, “Replacing joints with pyrolytic carbon. In Joint replacement technology” Ed. Peter A Revell. Woodhead Publishing, 2008, 651
3. Ratner B, Ho man A, Schoen F, Lemons J, “Biomaterials science : an introduction to materials in medecine 2nd edition”, ElsevierAcademic Press, 2004
4. Gale L, “Biotribological Assessment for Arti cial Synovial Joints: The Role of Boundary Lubrication.” PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology, 2007



The Ascension Nugrip is intended to replace the proximal end of the first metacarpal in cases of rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis,osteoarthritis or post fracture deformation or bone loss which present as either a painful, unstable thumb, or a thumb with limited range of motion.


  • Inadequate bone stock or soft tissue coverage
  • Previous open fracture or infection in the joint
  • Skeletal immaturity
  • Physical interference with or by other prostheses during implantation or use
  • Procedures requiring modification of the prosthesis
  • Skin, bone, circulatory and/or neurological deficiency at the implantation site

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