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NEW ORLEANS, LA – March 9, 2010 – DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. (DePuy), a global leader in devices for joint replacement and trauma, today announced the launch of a new high mobility cup for reverse shoulder replacement, a new hemiarthroplasty system for shoulder resurfacing and new Anatomic Locked Plating Systems (A.L.P.S.) for the elbow and the proximal tibia at the 77th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

“Complex challenges with shoulder repair and replacement, as well as the effective treatment of intra-articular fractures, are growing areas of clinical need and interest in the orthopaedic community,” said Gordon Van Ummersen, Worldwide President, Trauma & Extremities, DePuy Orthopaedics. “DePuy is effectively responding with meaningful innovation and solutions that help improve patient care and provide surgeons with more clinical options.”
New Option for Reverse Shoulder Replacement
DePuy introduced the Delta XTEND™ Reverse Shoulder System, the first reverse shoulder replacement system in the U.S. in 2004, and today it adds a new high mobility cup with an advanced cross-linked polyethylene to the system. The market for reverse shoulder replacements, which had barely 2,000 patients in 2004, has grown to an estimated 15,000+ patients in the past five years.1Reverse shoulder procedures are used to treat end-stage cuff tear arthropathy (CTA), a condition marked by extreme shoulder weakness, pain and limited function. 
The new Delta XTEND™ High Mobility Humeral Cup with Premieron™ X-Linked Polyethylene is a total, semi-constrained shoulder arthroplasty that reverses the normal relationship between the scapular and humeral components. Laboratory testing has shown the new polyethylene developed for this cup reduces wear debris by 85 percent over conventionally manufactured and sterilized polyethylene components. 2 In addition, the cup has a shallower depth than other cups offered with the system, which may further reduce the risk of scapular neck erosion (notching) while maximizing range of motion for certain patients.
New Global CAP Resurfacing Option for CTA
DePuy is expanding its line of bone-preserving Global CAP™ anatomic prostheses for shoulder resurfacing with the introduction of Global CAP™ CTA, the company’s first resurfacing prosthesis indicated for cuff tear arthropathy. In addition to the features and design benefits offered with Global CAP for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, Global CAP CTA has an increased area of superolateral articulation and implant geometry designed to compensate for superior humeral head migration to help restore joint stability and range of motion. The benefit of shoulder resurfacing is that it allows patients to retain more of their natural bone by replacing only the diseased surface of the joint, instead of the entire joint.
New Anatomic Locked Plating Systems (A.L.P.S.) for the Elbow and the Proximal Tibia
DePuy enhances its extensive trauma platform with the launch of two new systems to the A.L.P.S. portfolio. The Elbow Plating System is designed to allow surgeons to effectively address fractures around the elbow, many of which are caused by direct or indirect blows during a fall or motor vehicle accident.3 The Proximal Tibia System addresses a variety of common proximal tibia (shin bone) fractures, many of which are caused by a fall from considerable height, sports-related trauma or motor vehicle accident.4
The A.L.P.S. product line also includes Large and Small Fragment, Distal Fibula and Hand Fracture Systems. Together, the six A.L.P.S. systems offer anatomically contoured titanium plating technology using low profile, high strength plates to mimic the patient’s natural anatomy and provide locking, non-locking and multidirectional screw fixation options. All plating systems come pre-loaded with unique disposable and color-coded Fixed Angle Screw Targeting Guides (F.A.S.T. Guide™), which facilitate accurate drilling and have the potential to save time in the operating room since intra-operative assembly of the guides is not required. All plates are engineered with the TiMAX™ process for strength, biocompatibility, and enhanced imaging capabilities when compared to stainless steel.
About DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. is a leading global provider of orthopaedic devices for hip, knee, extremities and trauma, as well as bone cement and operating room products. It is part of the DePuy Family of Companies, which have 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. Visit www.depuy.com for more information.
[1] “Reverse Shoulder Replacement Souring in Popularity” July 20, 2009. Pearl Diver Inc. via http://www.pearldiverinc.com/pdi/htmlviewer.jsp?q=/var/www/html/pearldiver/market/ext/html/Reverse-Shoulder-Replacement-Soaring-Popularity-07-20-09.html&t=Reverse%20Shoulder%20Replacement%20Soaring%20Popularity&c=ext
2 Wirth M, Klotz C, Deffenbaugh D, McNulty D, et al. Cross-Linked Glenoid Prosthesis: A Wear Comparison to Conventional Glenoid Prosthesis with Wear Particulate Analysis. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery; 2009.
3American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00503
4 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons via http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00393&licensee=EXAMPLE
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