Dr. Randy Culp said, "The bones in the hand are very uniquely shaped and contribute to the overall mobility of the hand. Whether we fuse or remove the bones for a PRC, we are making a compromise. Now that we can use an implant to reshape the bones to match each other, we have another way to preserve motion." Follow-up on early patients has shown that the implants are stable, patients are able to return to their previous activities with pain-free motion and many have returned to sports such as golf.
Previously, surgeons promoted fusions or PRC's over joint replacements. That thinking is starting to change. As Dr. Joseph Sherrill commented, "In spite of initial successful outcomes following PRC or four corner fusions, there is a significant failure rate over time due to progressive radio carpal arthritis. The WristMotion™ implant is an excellent treatment option for these patients who may be considering fusion but would prefer to maintain wrist motion."
The WristMotion™ system is based on the same time tested principles of other Arthrosurface joint restoration systems. Match the implant to the patient and restore joint congruency using instrumentation that is reproducible and intuitive. "When I saw how well the knee and shoulder patients of my partners functioned when they used Arthrosurface, I thought that we needed something like that for the wrist. As hand surgeons we operate in a small space so instruments and implants need to be streamlined and small. The WristMotion™ system is extremely intuitive and reproducible which makes the procedure reliable and quick," said Dr. In Sok Yi.
Steven Ek, CEO, Arthrosurface commented, "We are very excited about expanding our joint preserving technology into the hand and wrist. By adding new products to our extremity portfolio, surgeons have more options to treat disabling arthritis with unique and motion preserving solutions. For Arthrosurface, the extremity product line is a key to driver for our growth."
Arthrosurface, Inc. is a leader in the design and distribution of orthopedic devices for joint preservation, restoration and resurfacing. The HemiCAP® system is a unique, less invasive technology that can be used to treat a wide variety of joint conditions caused by trauma, injury and disease. Founded in 2002, Arthrosurface markets and distributes its products in the US and around the world.
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