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About this product

Division: Trauma
Category: Implant Removal

  • The OPERACE instrument kit is intended for the removal of implant screws made of titanium, titanium alloys and stainless steel – particularly damaged screws.  
  • Screw removal can be challenging, because of ingrown, jammed or broken screws and a large variety of existing screw recess types. 
  • OPERACE consists of reusable handles and single-use inserts offering 40 different screw driver types (shapes & sizes) and high quality removal instruments (extraction screws, drill bits & reamers).


Challenges in Screw Removal

  • Long history in plate & screw osteosynthesis with a constant evolution of technologies.  
  • Key technology changed from simple screws to locking & variable angle locking.  
  • Different approaches in the locking technology itself.  
  • No single standardized screw recess.
  • An increasing number of manufacturers offering different systems.
  • Increasing surgery lead times and cost pressure.



Intended Use

For the removal of undamaged and damaged or broken screws made of titanium, titanium alloys and stainless steel with standard drives, in particular 
  • Angular stable screws 
  • Cortex screws 
  • Cancellous bone screws 
  • Shaft screws 
  • Cannulated Screws
  • Locking screws
  • Locking bolts

Features & Benefits


Features Benefits
Single Use Inserts
  • Availability and convenience.
  • New for every surgery and ready for use, clear cost transparency. 
Ergonomic handles 
  • Rest comfortably in hand, allow transmission of high torques.
  • Large rounded end enables axial pressure to be applied. 
Additional cross-handles 
  • Shape adjusted to fit comfortably the hand.
  • Safe application of extremely high torques. 

One system for various screw types & sizes

  • System independency - equipped to handle standard implant screws from various manufacturers.
  • Surgery lead time potentially reduced, due to availability and broad selection of inserts. 
40 different screwdriver inserts 
  • Covers the most commonly used screw recess types.
  • 6 different drive types. 
8 different extraction drill bits 
  • Removal of screws with a damaged drive.
  • Covers most of the screw head/ shaft sizes. 
7 different extraction reamers
  • Removal of screw shafts without head (broken or drilled).
  • Covers most of the screw diameters. 
Optimized cutting geometry of drill bits 
  • Produces long swarf while separating the screw head from the shaft by drilling.
  • Small metal chips are reduced. 
“One Step” extraction reamer 
  • Combination of hollow reamer & extraction sleeve.
  • Three surgical steps in one: reaming, gripping, extracting.
Drill Bits made of high speed steel (HSS) 
  • High performance due to material properties and cutting geometry. 
Color coding 
  • Clearly structured and user-friendly.
  • Color-coding according to kit size.
  • Helps to reduce errors during unpacking and in use. 
3 instrument kit sizes based on screw diameter 

Allows to differentiate between fragment size

  • MINI, for screw ø 0.9 – 2.0, yellow color-coding
  • SMALL, for screw ø 2.3 – 4.0, blue color-coding
  • LARGE, for screw ø 4.2 – 8.0, green color-coding 
Optimized cutting geometry
of drill bits 
  • Produces long swarf while separating the screw head from the shaft by drilling.
  • Small metal chips are reduced. 

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Please refer to the surgical technique guide or package inserts if included for a complete list of indications, contraindications, precautions and warnings. For further information on DePuy Synthes Products, please contact your local DePuy Synthes Representative .
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