Current Solutions in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

January 14, 2013

This past weekend, Arthrosurface attended Dr. Mark Frankle’s Meeting, Current Solutions in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, in Tampa, FL. Surgeons from across the country gathered to learn about the newest, most innovative treatments for various shoulder and elbow injuries. The environment of the Arthrosurface booth was dynamic and offered a very hands-on experience for the surgeons.

The constant flow of surgeon visitors at the Arthrosurface booth demonstrated that surgeons were looking for new options for young and active adults. The Arthrosurface Stemless Total Shoulder system is ideally suited for these types of patients as it consists of an ovoid humeral component and an inlay glenoid implant that are very bone conserving. The ovoid shape matches the natural anatomy of the humeral head so the surgeon can get an anatomic fit, avoid a large boney resection and restore the damaged surface with a smooth implant. The glenoid component comes in a single or double size and doesn’t need a big bone resertion to get it into place. Since both implants are matched to the patients’ anatomy they virtually eliminate joint overstuffing.

While at the booth, Arthrosurface also received an increased number of inquiries about the new microfracture system for stem cell stimulation known as NanoFx. Microfracture is a technique that was developed three decades ago and hasn’t changed much since. The idea was to create a series of small fractures or channels in the cartilage defect area that go through the bone in order to get to the marrow underneath. The marrow is where the stem cells are located and where these cells can grow and form into new tissue.  NanoFx is similar to a microfracture procedure as it also creates a series of cell channels in the area that is missing cartilage however, because the holes are smaller and deeper they are more likely to get down to the level where the stem cells are.  Standard microfracture awls create holes that are 3mm deep on average while Arthrosurface’s NanoFx has an average depth of 9mm.  These smaller, deeper “channels” in your bone were designed to increase the flow so more stem cells could fill the defect area.  Another Arthrosurface First!!

Thanks to all of those who stopped by the Arthrosurface booth! If you have any further questions about these products, please vist our official site!

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