Breg Unveils New Orthopedic Products

Introductions Include Device Helping to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Mar 02, 2016, 08:00 ET from Breg, Inc.

ORLANDO, Fla., March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Breg, Inc., a premier provider of sports medicine products and services, announced today that it is unveiling three new products and a technological innovation for knee bracing at this week's American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) in Orlando.  The company's product introductions include VPULSE® therapy, a new device that is helping to reduce hospital readmissions related to blood clots.

Visit Breg at AAOS booth #745 to see how VPULSE assists with DVT prevention along with a combination of cold therapy and wound compression: http://www.breg.com/vpulse.

VPULSE® therapy is the only hospital-to-home device that assists with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) prevention therapy and delivers motorized cold therapy and wound compression.  DVT is the development of blood clots in a deep vein, commonly the thigh or calf. A Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is a clot that breaks free and travels to the lungs. Combined, these two conditions, known as Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), affect 900,000 Americans annually, and as many as 11 percent die from it.  The most common preventable cause of hospital deaths in the U.S.,1 VTE is a risk for patients undergoing major orthopedic surgery.  More than 50 percent of surgery-related VTE happens after discharge, presenting a need for at-home prophylaxis.2

"Breg's new VPULSE therapy device provides three major benefits to health care organizations," said Mark Snyder, MD, medical director of the orthopedic center of excellence at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio. "It has been shown to help decrease readmissions related to blood clots. Physicians are also reassured that total hip and knee replacement patients will continue to be protected from DVT at home, enabling expedited hospital discharge. Finally, the use of VPULSE in combination with aspirin may reduce expenses associated with anticoagulant medications."

In addition to VPULSE, Breg's new products include FastForm® bracing, an alternative to casting, and the Genesis mid-calf walker boot, the lightest full shell boot on the market. Breg also introduced Dynamic bracing, a new technology available on select knee braces that uses the body's own movement to provide force only when needed.

"The technological innovation in these three new products and our Dynamic bracing exemplifies our 'total solutions' offering for the orthopedic practice," said Brad Lee, president and CEO, Breg. "Our products and services help lower costs and enhance patient satisfaction. We are committed to working with clinicians to design and deliver remarkably easy solutions for the challenges they face throughout the orthopedic episode."

About Breg's New Products
FastForm upper extremity bracing, an alternative to plaster or fiberglass casting, gives patients a highly customized fit that is lightweight, water resistant, radiolucent and biodegradable. When heated, FastForm's PolyTrexX™ polymer becomes pliable and conformable. Once molded to the patient's anatomy, the brace cures to a high strength, ventilated immobilization orthosis. Easily removable, FastForm can be reheated and reformed to match the patient's care cycle. The integrated DermaWick liner wicks moisture away, keeping skin dry and reducing itch and odor.

The Genesis Mid-Calf Walker Boot is lightweight and low-profile, and 24 percent shorter than a full-size boot. Designed to address problems of comfort and maneuverability that many patients experience, the boot is inspired by athletic shoe technology. The Genesis Mid-Calf Walker mimics a healthy gait, allowing patients to recover with minimal disruption.

Dynamic bracing, available only on specific Breg ligament knee braces, is biomechanically designed to provide force to the knee at the time of medical need during knee extension. The brace relieves the pressure when force is not needed, allowing patients' freedom of movement. Dynamic technology is available for ACL/PCL, OA and patellofemoral support. For a list of products, visit www.Breg.com/dynamic.

About Breg, Inc.
Breg provides premium products and services for the orthopedic practice. From pioneering cold therapy and innovative bracing to caring customer service and award-winning orthopedic practice business solutions, Breg delivers a 360⁰ customer experience unmatched in the industry. Founded in 1989, Breg is based in Carlsbad, Calif., and is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. Visit www.breg.com.

1 Centers for Disease Control. 2015. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/data.html
2 Bosque Jose et al. Relationship between DVT and PE Following THA, TKA. Orthopedics. 2012 Mar; 228-233.

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