Biomet Celebrates 35 Years of Clinical Experience With the Oxford® Partial Knee System

Oct 12, 2011, 08:30 ET from Biomet

WARSAW, Ind., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On World Arthritis Day, as people around the globe seek to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with arthritis, Biomet celebrates a key milestone in helping patients overcome joint pain.  2011 marks the 35th anniversary of the Oxford® Partial Knee System, a product that has stood the test of time with compelling long-term clinical results.  Over the course of the Oxford® Partial Knee's history, patients worldwide with knee arthritis have benefited from this breakthrough in orthopedic medicine.  

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"The Oxford® Partial Knee replacement, now in its 35th year, has had a phenomenal clinical track record," said Keith Berend, MD, Joint Implant Surgeons, Inc. in New Albany, Ohio. "Independent studies have shown more than 91%(1) of implants still functioning well 20 years after implantation."

Developed by John Goodfellow, FRCS, and John O'Connor, PhD, at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, the Oxford® Partial Knee System was first implanted by Mr. Goodfellow in 1976.  Over its 35 years of clinical use, the Oxford® Partial Knee System has demonstrated exceptional reliability with published success rates of 94% at 10 years(1) and 91% at 20 years.(1) It remains the only fully mobile-bearing partial knee system approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The Oxford® Partial Knee uses a minimally invasive surgical technique that may potentially reduce blood loss and has been shown to allow patients a faster recovery. (2,3,4) Surgeons are able to preserve and restore normal knee function and movement by replacing only the diseased compartment of the knee.  The procedure removes approximately 75% less bone and cartilage when compared to a total knee replacement.  

"Biomet is proud to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Oxford® Partial Knee System," said Jon Serbousek, Group President of Biomet Orthopedics.  "As World Arthritis Day draws our attention to the growing impact of arthritis, it is gratifying to know that we offer a proven and widely used partial knee option for patients with medial knee arthritis."

About Biomet

Biomet, Inc. and its subsidiaries design, manufacture and market products used primarily by musculoskeletal medical specialists in both surgical and non-surgical therapy.  Biomet's product portfolio encompasses large joint reconstructive products, including orthopedic joint replacement devices, and bone cements and accessories; sports medicine, extremities and trauma products, including internal and external orthopedic fixation devices; spine and bone healing products, including spine hardware, spinal stimulation devices, and orthobiologics, as well as electrical bone growth stimulators and softgoods and bracing; dental reconstructive products; and other products, including microfixation products and autologous therapies.  Headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Biomet and its subsidiaries currently distribute products in approximately 90 countries.

(1)  Price AJ, Svard U. "A second decade lifetable survival analysis of the Oxford® unicompartmental knee arthroplasty." Clin Orthop Res. 2011; 469:174-179.

(2)  Data on file at Biomet.  Note:  Bench test results do not necessarily indicate clinical performance.

(3)  Murray, DW. "Mobile bearing unicompartmental knee replacement." Orthopedics. 2005:28:985-987.

(4)  Deshmukh, RV, Scott, RD. "Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: long-term results." Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research. 2001; 392:272-278.