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[junkie-alert style=”green”] Medacta International, (developer of innovative surgical techniques and products for the hip, knee, spine, and sports medicine disciplines), recently expanded its expertise to the world of shoulder surgery. The family-owned orthopedics leader today announced it has received FDA clearance for the Anatomic Shoulder and Reverse Shoulder components of its modular Medacta Shoulder System. The company also announced the successful completion of the first surgery in the United States utilizing the system, which was performed by Matthew D. Saltzman, M.D., Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. [/junkie-alert]
Dr. Saltzman, who specializes in soulder and elbow surgeries and has been practicing orthopedics for fourteen years commented, “The procedure went very well. The Medacta Shoulder System’s instrumentation and implants allow for impressive anatomic restoration, resulting in an efficient surgery and, hopefully, improved patient outcomes.”
Per the company, the Medacta Shoulder System, unveiled in February 2017 following its first ever surgery in Europe, is a modular solution that features a broad range of options, including wide-ranging sizes, adjustable offset, and innovative configurations. Developed by an international team of expert surgeons, the platform offers the modularity and compatibility demanded by today’s marketplace, while still respecting anatomic conversion from primary to reverse.
The Shoulder System is also supported by the Medacta Orthopaedic Research and Education (M.O.R.E.) Institute’s Clinical Excellence Program and is part of a multi-center, post-marketing, prospective, open clinical study that will collect clinical and radiological outcomes for the next ten years. The M.O.R.E. Institute provides continuous educational and developmental support to Medacta surgeons as they work towards discovering new technologies and supporting patients.
Francesco Siccardi, Executive Vice President of Medacta International expanded: “The new Medacta Shoulder System is a continuation of our effort to improve orthopedic implant design and configurability for the benefit of both surgeons and their patients.” He concluded, “This latest surgery in the United States marks a milestone for Medacta in line with our company’s patient-centric vision and the same ambition that has helped us become a leader in knee, hip, and spine technology.”
Medacta will launch the Shoulder System for the U.S. market at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, which will be held in New Orleans in March 2018.