Dr. Reed has patents on numerous designs of surgical pins, screws, compression plates, and suture anchors made from freeze-dried cortical bone. Human bone has been used for decades, usually in trauma cases. Dr. Reed has taken the practice a major step forward by machine forming freeze-dried bone into shapes that can be used the same way metal screws (for example) are used to fix a fracture.
The advantage is that the screw made from freeze-dried bone can be inserted, perform is designed fixation function, then the screw actually integrates into the surrounding bone. There are none of the complications typically associated with metal screws and other fixation devices. The surgical pins are currently available and the screws are under development.
Dr. Reed has lectured internationally about his inventions and currently uses the surgical pins in various procedures including bunionectomies.