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[junkie-alert style=”red”] Ceterix® Orthopaedics today announced the publication of three new studies in the journal Arthroscopy Techniques supporting the use of the company’s NovoStitch® Plus device for the repair of horizontal cleavage meniscal tears: [/junkie-alert]

Dr. Kenneth Brooks, orthopaedic surgeon and author of one of the reports. comments, “These publications illustrate the growing recognition that horizontal meniscus tears, previously deemed irreparable, can in fact be repaired with advanced technology.” He added, “The NovoStitch Plus has given surgeons increased flexibility to develop advanced meniscal repair techniques specifically designed to treat horizontal tears. This allows us to preserve the meniscus in more patients, reducing the likelihood of developing arthritis or requiring knee replacement surgery later in life.”

The company reports that patients with meniscus tears often undergo meniscectomy – total or partial removal of the meniscus – due to the difficulty of access and limitations of current arthroscopic instruments. However, meniscectomy significantly increases the risk of arthritis or total knee replacement later in life.1 In contrast, meniscus repair, a procedure in which the tear is sutured and allowed to heal naturally, is associated with improved long-term outcomes and overall cost savings relative to meniscectomy.2 Meniscus surgery is the single most common arthroscopic procedure in the United States, with roughly one million performed annually.

The NovoStitch Plus device allows orthopaedic surgeons to address horizontal, radial, and other complex meniscal tears in ways not previously possible. The system enables the placement of a circumferential compression stitch around the meniscus, which provides uniform compression during healing and allows orthopaedic surgeons to treat these complex injuries.