TELEGRAPH humeral nail

TELEGRAPH has a self-stabilising locking feature for anterograde intramedullary nailing of the humerus.

The instrumentation is compact and the surgical technique reproducible.

Two versions:
– short nail for proximal humerus fractures
– long nail for mid-shaft fractures


The TELEGRAPH is a device used for proximal and/or mid-shaft humeral fractures.

Because of its linear shape and small diameter, it can be implanted through the rotator cuff.

TELEGRAPH is available in short and long versions, in different diameters and lengths.


This nail can be used with several techniques to treat 2- and 3-fragment fractures:
– percutaneous for extra-articular fractures
– standard for valgus-impacted intra-articular fractures
– optional for non-impacted or even dislocated 3- and 4-fragment fractures when a prosthesis is feasible


Its primary diameter (7 mm) makes it one of the thinnest nails on the market.
It has an assisted distal locking feature and can either be used in a static or elastic configuration. Its designing surgeons strongly recommend elastic distal locking.


– Intra-articular fracture
– 2- and 3-fragment extra-articular fracture
– Mid-shaft fracture


TELEGRAPH is a full stainless steel nail, which makes small diameters feasible (7, 8, 9 mm).

– 1 length: 150 mm
– 3 diameters: 7 mm, 8 mm, 9 mm
– material: stainless steel

– 1 length: 150 mm
– 3 diameters: 7 mm, 8 mm, 9 mm
– lateralised
– material: stainless steel

– 4 lengths: 210 mm, 230 mm, 250 mm (270 mm on special order)
– 2 diameters: 7 mm and 8 mm
– material: M30

– diameter 4 mm
– self-stabilising cancellous bone screw
– lengths: 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 45 mm
– material: stainless steel

– diameter 4 mm
– length: 24, 28, 30, 32 mm
– material: stainless steel

3 types of instrumentation kits are available:
– short nail kit
– long nail kit
– combined kit

The combined kit allows the surgeon to implant both types of nails (short and long).


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