Fast, non-invasive alternative to staples, sutures and glue
The Zip® is unique solution to the speed vs. cosmetic outcome tradeoff made by surgeons today with conventional staples and sutures. The adjustable, reversible device makes skin closure a fast and easy process, and the flexible, extendible design flexes with patient movement for patient comfort while protecting the incision from extrinsic forces caused by patient movement.
The Zip® provides secure skin layer closure for surgical incisions of any length. The device is available in several lengths, and each device may be cut with scissors for shorter incisions, or combined for longer incisions. The Zip® is applied at the skin layer after deeper, tension-reducing suture layers are applied.
The Zip® incorporates a force distribution structure that is designed to distribute closure forces uniformly along the incision to minimize high localized forces that can occur with other closure methods. In addition, the force distribution structure creates an Isolation Zone around the incision that is designed to act like a cage or scaffold to protect the incision from extrinsic forces caused by patient movement.
The unique segmented Dynamic Compression feature enables the Zip® to lengthen along with an incision during joint articulation or body movement while protecting the incision from distraction forces perpendicular to the incision. The serpentine structure is designed to provide slight compression to the incision to counteract increased distraction forces during joint flexion.
The materials used in the Zip® device do not contain latex.
The Zip® has been applied to surgical incisions in several different specialties and body locations, including but not limited to: joint arthroplasty of the hip (THA), knee (TKA) and shoulder (TSA), trauma, spine, CIED (pacemaker/ICD) implant, skin excision, sternotomy and laceration closure.
Incision Isolation Zone
Forces from patient movement can often create pulling or tugging along an incision area. The patented force distribution system created by Zip devices are designed to provide uniform closure as well as to create an isolation zone around the incision to protect it from patient-induced distraction forces.
The patent pending integrated linkage in the Zip device is designed to provide dynamic compression during axial incision extension. Normal patient movement can sometimes cause the incision to extend along its length. The Zip device gently compresses the incision during axial extension, ensuring a secure wound closure while healing takes place.