In 2002, Arthrosurface was founded to develop new implants for patients with early joint disease that were either too young or too active for a total joint replacement. Some of our first patients are now hitting the 10 year mark with their HemiCAP implants, proving that the Arthrosurface technology can last at least 10 years. Just as importantly, these procedures have allowed patients all over the world to pursue active lifestyles without joint pain. The level of activity that our patients can perform with a HemiCAP is significantly more than patients can achieve after having a total joint replacement. Examples include triathletes, martial arts, weight and power lifting, water and snow skiing, mountain biking and many more high level activities that require the patient’s joints to function normally and without limitations.
A new philosophy has emerged with the introduction of surface implants: it is better to have 10 great, pain free years before a total joint replacement than 10 poor years after the total joint replacement fails. If and when patients receive a joint replacement (rather than a resurfacing), the joint replacement will not only restrict the level of activity patients can reasonably perform but these patients tend to be more demanding of their joints which may lead to premature implant failure. Once the first joint replacement fails, the next step is a revision implant. When revising a total joint replacement, revision surgery takes away even more bone and the implants become more restrictive with a shorter life than the initial implant it replaces. With joint replacement surgery, each subsequent operation allows less and less activity and the increased bone loss means that the surgeries are more cumbersome and the rehab becomes longer and more demanding.
The surface HemiCAP implants from Arthrosurface match the anatomic contour of the patient’s existing joint. This, coupled with the thin design, only removes minimal bone and tissue, allowing the patients to maintain their natural joint anatomy. An additional advantage of HemiCAP implants is the fact that supporting structures, such as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in the knee and rotator cuff in the shoulder, are left intact so the patient’s existing biomechanics are not disrupted.
Over 10 years ago we set out to provide a technology that would allow patients to return to a high level of function while leaving all their future options open. Now that we have proved that it can provide 10 years of unrestricted activity without burning a bridge, we can celebrate this wonderful milestone with our patients and all those who invested their time, money and energy to make this happen! We look forward to bringing more enabling, innovative technologies to the medical market in the next 10 years. To find out more about “The Active Alternative to a Joint Replacement” view our real patients stories here!