RTI Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq: RTIX), a global provider of surgical implants, celebrates a significant global milestone of providing more than 8 million biologic implants processed through RTI’s proprietary sterilization processes with zero confirmed incidence of implant-associated infection. In 2017 alone, RTI distributed more than 600,000 biologic implants—helping surgeons serve patients in nearly 50 countries.
RTI celebrates these milestones and marks its 20th anniversary of delivering trusted surgical implants during National Donate Life Month in April. RTI has a proud, 20-year history of “firsts” in biologic surgical implants. It is recognized for initiating and elevating standards for the tissue banking industry, including being the first to introduce tissue-specific validated sterilization processes — the BioCleanse® Tissue Sterilization Process, the Cancelle® SP DBM Sterilization Process and the Tutoplast® Tissue Sterilization Process. It was also the first to offer precision-shaped bone implants and assembled technologies. Our world-class facilities in the U.S. and Europe provide a combined 250,000+ square feet of manufacturing for these advanced technologies.
“For 20 years, RTI has led the way in tissue safety for biologic implants in our industry, always keeping the patient in mind,” said Camille Farhat, President and CEO, RTI Surgical. “Our commitment to tissue safety is evident by our redundant safeguards and proprietary, validated sterilization processes, allowing us to achieve more than 8 million biologic implants with zero confirmed incidence of implant-associated infection. We celebrate these milestones in honor of the healthcare professionals and patients we serve globally and with appreciation for the gifts of life that make such healing and restoration possible.”
RTI’s tissue-based implants are used in surgical procedures such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, meniscus transplantation, fracture repair, rotator cuff repair, wound coverings, post-mastectomy breast reconstruction and abdominal wall repair for hernias.
Peter Indelicato, M.D., professor emeritus and physician with the University of Florida Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation’s Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Surgery division said, “RTI Surgical continues to raise the bar as a trusted provider of patient-centered biologic solutions with a proven track record for advancing science, safety and innovation.” Dr. Indelicato has been a consultant with RTI since its inception. He added, “RTI was instrumental in developing groundbreaking sterilization technology with proven effectiveness and safety, such as BioCleanse, and continues to drive innovation today with its portfolio of biologic implants. As the former Head Team Physician for the University of Florida Gator football team, I often relied on RTI implants to help restore our athletes to health.”
Ryanne Wilkes is a labor and delivery nurse and one among the millions of patients whose lives have been restored by receiving an RTI biologic implant. “I do not think I could have made it as far in my nursing career with my hip in the awful shape it was in,” Ryanne said. “The gift of donated tissue and the biologic implant created from that gift changed my life and will also touch the lives of the many patients I care for throughout my career.”
RTI joins Donate Life America in celebrating National Donate Life Month and encouraging Americans to save and restore lives by registering as organ, eye and tissue donors at www.registerme.org.