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DEPUY MITEK LAUNCHES HEALIX TRANSTEND™ IMPLANT SYSTEM FOR PARTIAL-THICKNESS ROTATOR CUFF REPAIR AND VAPR® VUE™ SYSTEM WITH COOLPULSE™ TECHNOLOGY FOR FASTER ABLATION
Launches Come as DePuy Mitek Marks 25 Years in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at AAOS
SAN DIEGO, CA – February 16, 2011 – DePuy Mitek, Inc., a leading orthopaedics sports medicine company, today announced the launch of the HEALIX TRANSTEND™ Implant System, a new minimally invasive procedural solution for the repair of partially torn rotator cuffs and the VAPR® VUE™ System with COOLPULSE™ technology, a new radiofrequency device that ablates tissue more quickly at equal or less heat than standard radiofrequency devices.1
The announcement was made here at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2011 Annual Meeting where DePuy Mitek is commemorating its 25th anniversary in orthopaedic sports medicine. The HEALIX TRANSTEND Implant System and VAPR® VUE System with COOLPULSE technology received 510(k) clearances from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“DePuy Mitek is constantly striving to improve or develop new sports medicine and soft tissue repair technologies and treatments that enable surgeons to optimize minimally invasive procedures so we can help patients return to the activities they love ,” said Ian Lawson, Worldwide President, DePuy Mitek, Inc.
The HEALIX TRANSTEND Implant System of new anchors and instrumentation is designed to reduce the complexity of a Partial Articular-Sided Tendon Avulsion (PASTA) repair, a procedure in which surgeons re-affix the partially detached rotator cuff tendon to the bone. The goal is to produce an anatomic repair that reduces pain, minimizes damage to shoulder tissue and improves function.
“This innovative new system will help facilitate the PASTA repair option. It is easy to use and streamlines the procedure to accommodate surgeon preferences allowing a percutaneous transtendon repair technique that provides secure fixation and preserves the intact fibers of the rotator cuff,” said Mark H. Getelman, MD, Southern California Orthopedic Institute.*
The HEALIX TRANSTEND Implant System is a procedural solution that allows for precision and ease in transtendon anchor insertion, enhances procedural visualization2, minimizes instrument passes through the tendon, reduces damage to surrounding cuff tissue and provides high pull-out strength1. System components include the PERCANNULA™ System, which features a 4.0 mm percutaneous cannula, as well as three new HEALIX TRANSTEND anchors available in BIOCRYL® RAPIDE™, PEEK and Titanium. The anchors feature dual thread technology and are pre-loaded with ORTHOCORD® high-strength suture.
The VAPR VUE System with COOLPULSE technology uses proprietary radiofrequency technology for quick and targeted ablation that minimizes charring and the risk of damage to healthy tissue. In-vitro testing demonstrated 20.4 percent faster ablation than the leading competitive device at equal or less heat.3 The VAPR VUE System also delivers a clear and sustained field of vision to optimize surgical efficiency. Ablation settings can be adjusted quickly and easily via the generator, hand controls, or wired or wireless footswitch.
DePuy Mitek and Joint Health
"Innovation and the goal of improving patient care extends beyond the operating or procedure room," said Mr. Lawson. "DePuy Mitek is also committed to educating patients on the importance of joint health and knowing when to see a sports medicine specialist so active people can continue to enjoy mobility and less pain after injury."
DePuy Mitek is the official Mobile Health and Fitness Provider of the PGA TOUR® and Champions Tour. DePuy Mitek and ORTHOVISC®4 have exclusive sponsorship of the PGA TOUR’s mobile health and fitness trailers and have an educational booth at events where attendees can gain access to educational materials about the importance of maintaining joint health and the prevention and treatment of knee pain due to sports-related injuries or the early symptoms of osteoarthritis.
About DePuy Mitek, Inc.
DePuy Mitek is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative orthopedic sports medicine products. The Company offers minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgical solutions that address the challenges of soft tissue repair in the shoulder, knee and other joints, as well as non-surgical therapies such as ORTHOVISC® High Molecular Weight Hyaluronan. It is part of the DePuy Family of Companies, which has a rich heritage of pioneering a broad range of products and solutions across the continuum of orthopaedic and neurological care. These companies are unified under one vision – Never Stop Moving™ – to express their commitment to bring meaningful innovation, shared knowledge, and quality care to patients throughout the world.
*Paid consultant to DePuy Mitek
1 Data on file.
2 As compared to a transtendon repair without the use of the HEALIX TRANSTEND Implant System.
3 As compared to Arthrocare Super TurboVac during in-vitro testing. Data on file.
Arthrocare and Super TurboVac are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Arthrocare Corporation.
4 ORTHOVISC® is a registered trademark of Anika Therapeutics, Inc. Distributed by DePuy Mitek, Inc.