WristMotion Hemiarthroplasty Implant System

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The WristMotion® Hemiarthroplasty System restores mobility and maintains native biomechanics using a dual curved implant that locks into a taper post for strong fixation. The implant is designed to articulate with the natural radius bone while referencing the curvature of the lunate fossa. The system also consists of a set of precision instruments for mapping and preparing the implant site.

The WristMotion® implant is an entirely new approach to wrist arthroplasty. Where traditional wrist arthroplasty systems have tried to reconstruct the native wrist anatomy with hardware intense systems, the WristMotion improves upon the motion preserving Proximal Row Carpectomy (PRC). By resurfacing the capitate with our implant, the PRC’s indications can be expanded to patients with midcarpal arthritis and guarantee a congruent articulation. This system expands the patient population for PRC and is an excellent motion sparing procedure for patients with SLAC, SNAC and/or limited midcarpal arthritis. By resurfacing the capitate in conjunction with the excision of the Proximal Row, PRC becomes a viable procedure for a much larger patient population.

The WristMotion Hemiarthroplasty System is used in conjunction with a Proximal Row Carpectomy (PRC) to replace an arthritic or incongruent capitate. It expands the treatment options for:

  • Type II and III scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) or scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse (SNAC) wrists
  • Four corner fusion non-unions or failed PRC

Augmenting a traditional PRC procedure with the WristMotion Hemiarthroplasty System provides:

  • Protection from accelerated wear of the non-congruent capitate
  • Improved radio-capitate congruency which may benefit functional results of PRC procedures1

Product Features

  • 6 implant sizes & curvatures with ultra-smooth surfaces for improved volar & dorsal flexion
  • Converts a complex carpal joint into a simple, smooth radiocarpal articulating hinge
  • Replacing the capitate surface expands the Proximal Row Carpectomy’s indications to provide alternatives to fusions
  • Inlay design matches the native anatomy & optimizes stability
  • Tapered Screw & Morse Taper Interlock for proven Rock-Solid Fixation
  • Ti Plasma Spray undercoating provides excellent implant fixation characteristics
  • HemiCAPITATE™ system references the native anatomy of the lunate fossa to prescribe the ideal implant curvature
  • Two Diameters and multiple curvature options allow an off-the-shelf custom fit into a single modular taper post
  • Minimal Hardware implanted into a single bone creates a reproducible and technically simple procedure that does not require the fusing of adjacent bones

Surgical Technique

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The WristMotion implant system is comprised of two parts; an articular cap and a fixation component (screw). Instruments are organized in the order of surgery, proceeding from left to right and top to bottom. After exposing the joint, a proximal row carpectomy (PRC) is performed. Once the PRC is complete, templates are placed on the lunate fossa to determine the curvature in both planes. When the lunate fossa curvatures are identified, the appropriate HemiCAPitate replacement implant is chosen. The WristMotion procedure begins by using a guide to identify the size of the capitate head. Next, a guide wire is driven through the guide and into the capitate bone so it is perpendicular to the head. A step drill is then driven over the guidewire to a fixed level. This prepares the bone tunnel for screw placement. Before putting in the screw, the tunnel is tapped. The screw component is then advanced into the tunnel until the etch line and the screwdriver is even with the surface. If additional joint space is required, decompression can be achieved by advancing the screw 2-4mm. Mapping instruments are then inserted into the screw and used to measure the contours of the patient’s native bone surface by using the fixation component as a central axis to define the appropriate reamer. The appropriate Reamer is then placed over a guidewire which is inserted into the screw. Advance the reamer until it hits the screw, creating the distal socket for the implant. Next, a volar reamer is inserted into the screw to ream the volar socket. Once the sockets are reamed, a trial is placed into the surface to assess proper implant fit. When the surface preparation is complete, the definitive HemiCAPITATE™ implant is positioned and seated into the reamed area with several taps of the mallet.

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Advantages for the Patient

  • HemiCAP® technology was designed so patients can continue working and maintain an active lifestyle without compromising future treatments
  • May be performed on an outpatient basis
  • Allows for preservation of bone, soft tissues and surrounding structures
  • Bridges the gap between biological therapies and joint fusion
  • Patients can return to activity more rapidly for both work and exercise

Advantages for the Surgeon

  • Proven Rock-Solid Fixation (data on file at Arthrosurface®)
  • The HemiCAP® procedure is intuitive and easy to learn
  • The minimally invasive outpatient procedure typically takes less than an hour
  • Skeletal anatomy and bone stock are preserved allowing future fusion or total wrist
  • The two components are connected together via morse taper

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Quick Facts

    • No activity restrictions provides an active alternative to joint replacement.
    • HemiCAP® Implants are custom matched and fit to a patient’s joint size and shape.
    • Significantly less cartilage and bone is removed than traditional total joint replacements.
    • It is placed into the bone rather than on top, restoring the joints natural anatomy.
    • Allows patients to retain their lifestyles.
    • Stay Active with the Arthrosurface HemiCAP®
    • Shorter recovery time and back to work quicker than a total joint replacement
    • Inlay Implants are inherently more stable than onlay implants.
    • Significantly less hardware is used with HemiCAP® Systems than with traditional wrist replacements
    • Give your patients the option to avoid a Wrist Four corner Fusion. Your Patients will thank you!
    • The Wrist HemiCAP® is a great solution for SNAC Wrist, SLAC wrist, PRC (Proximal row carpectomy), & wrist arthritis