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Published 4/1/2011

Industry news

Elbow plating system
Wright Medical Group, Inc.’s Evolve® Elbow Plating System is an anatomic plating system designed to treat fractures of the distal humerus and proximal ulna. The polished stainless steel system is designed to accurately match patient anatomy, reducing the need for intraoperative bending and providing a low profile design to minimize postoperative irritation. All plates incorporate Wright’s ORTHOLOC™ polyaxial locking technology.

For more information, visit www.wmt.com

New cancellous bone graft
The Integra™ Allograft Cancellous Sponge
(A) is a compressible bone graft composed of 100 percent cancellous bone, designed for use in a variety of spaces and defects. The product’s sponge-like handling characteristics reportedly allow it to absorb fluids like saline, blood, or bone marrow aspirate. As an alternative for use as a bone graft in spinal fusion or in general orthopaedic surgeries, the Integra Allograft Cancellous Sponge may reduce the need to harvest the patient’s own bone.

For more information, visit www.integralife.com

Patient-specific knee implant
The ConforMIS iTotal® CR knee replacement system uses computer modeling to build a three-dimensional (3-D) image of a patient’s knee from computed tomography scans. The 3-D image then guides the proprietary design and manufacture of the jigs and personalized implants that resurface the patient’s articular surfaces, according to the manufacturer.

In January 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared commercial release of the iTotal CR knee resurfacing system; the iTotal CR knee replacement system received FDA clearance in February 2011.

For more information, visit www.conformis.com

Toe implant system
Ascension Orthopedics, Inc.’s Movement™ Great Toe Implant System has been expanded to include a total arthroplasty device, allowing surgeons to make an intraoperative decision on whether to perform hemi-resurfacing for either side of the joint or total joint replacement. Available in four sizes, the Movement Great Toe System provides cannulated instrumentation for ease of use and utilizes a conical reaming approach for minimal bone resection and retention of plantar soft-tissue attachments.

For more information, visit www.ascensionortho.com

Anterior thoracolumbar plating system
The recently launched Epic™ Anterior Thoracolumbar Plating System
(B) from Lanx, Inc. is an anterior fixation device for use in anterior thoracolumbar fusion procedures. The low-profile plate has been designed for versatility and simplified placement with a single-step cover plate to prevent screw back-out. The system includes lumbar and sacral plate options and is available in a wide range of sizes to accommodate different patient anatomies.

For more information, visit www.lanx.com

Multiligament knee reconstruction device
AperFix® II
(C) is Cayenne Medical’s second-generation soft-tissue repair device for multiligament knee reconstruction. The device includes the new Cannulated Tibial System, which reportedly enables easier insertion and standardized positioning of the implant. The system allows for rotation of the two tendons representing the anteromedial and posterolateral bundles to more accurately match the positioning of the native anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) bundles during ACL reconstruction, the company reports. In addition, new enhancements to the femoral device allow for easier graft insertion and placement within the tunnel.

The AperFix II Cannulated Tibial System includes the tibial implant made from PEEK polymer, a tendon expander, a guide wire, a cannulated screw, and a driver preloaded with tibial sheaths and a sheath holder.

For more information, visit www.cayennemedical.com

Dual-mobility hip system
The MDM X3 Modular Dual Mobility Mobile Bearing Hip System
(D) from Stryker is a third-generation dual mobility device that, according to the manufacturer, allows surgeons to offer the benefits associated with dual mobility technology to a broader patient population. The dual points of articulation in these constructs reportedly help accommodate multidirectional movement.

For more information, visit www.stryker.com

Implant system for rotator cuff repair
The Healix Transtend™ Implant System
(E) from DePuy Mitek is a minimally invasive procedural solution for the repair of partially torn rotator cuffs. The system’s anchors and instrumentation are designed to reduce the complexity of a partial articular-sided tendon avulsion repair, helping to produce an anatomic repair that reduces pain, minimizes damage to shoulder tissue, and improves function.

System components include the Percannula™ System, which features a 4.0 mm percutaneous cannula, and three Healix Transtend anchors available in Biocryl® Rapide™, PEEK, and titanium. The anchors feature dual-thread technology and are preloaded with Orthocord® high-strength suture.

For more information, visit www.depuy.com

EHR module addresses meaningful use requirements
ChartLogic’s electronic health record (EHR) patient portal for orthopaedic medical groups is available as a stand-alone module. Already part of ChartLogic’s EHR, the patient portal can now be used as an integrated extension for all major EHR systems to help medical groups meet the new meaningful use requirements.

Features of the portal include secure patient messaging; a reportedly easy-to-use personal health record; patient login; referring physician login; and integration with all major electronic medical records/EHR systems.

For more information, visit www.chartlogic.com