LONDON, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Foot and ankle surgeons attending this week's American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) annual meeting in San Diego will get their first look at two new plating systems from Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN; LSE: SN), the global medical technology business. The much-anticipated systems are the VLP™ FOOT Percutaneous Calcaneus Plating System, which is specifically designed for using a percutaneous approach to treat calcaneus fractures, and the PERI-LOC™ Ankle Fusion Plating System, the only ankle fusion plating system with options for the posterior approach. Each system is part of the company's ALL28™ Foot and Ankle Portfolio – an integrated group of products designed to meet the internal and external fixation needs of foot and ankle surgeons.
"Foot and ankle surgery is a unique and specialized discipline and it requires products that are equally specialized," says Mark Waugh, Vice President for Smith & Nephew's Global Extremities & Limb Restoration Strategic Business Unit. "Through the ALL28 Portfolio, we are able to provide foot and ankle surgeons a complete line of solutions for treating fractures, deformities, arthritis and soft tissue injuries."
Both systems are available to surgeons in North America, Europe and Australia.
VLP FOOT Percutaneous Calcaneus Plating System
A growing number of foot and ankle surgeons have been turning to the percutaneous approach as an effective way to reduce post-operative soft tissue problems when treating calcaneus fractures. However, many of these same surgeons have worked with plates and instruments not specifically designed for this mini-incision approach. Featuring plates with a streamlined profile and tapered edges, The VLP FOOT Percutaneous Calcaneus Plating System provides surgeons with dedicated instruments that assist with plate insertion and fracture reduction. The VLP FOOT Percutaneous Calcaneus System is also the only plating system to offer variable-angle locking technology and feature four different screw options to address differences in bone quality.
"With advances in surgical technique, we have moved from traditional open procedures to biologically friendly percutaneous techniques," explains Steven Steinlauf, M.D. of Hollywood, FL. "With the advent of the VLP FOOT plate specifically designed for percutaneous fixation of calcaneal fractures, we can effectively and efficiently obtain the reproducible results that will provide our patients with an optimal outcome."
PERI-LOC Ankle Fusion Plating System
The PERI-LOC Ankle Fusion System is a complete ankle fusion plating system that includes four anatomic plate designs – allowing surgeons to perform both tibiotalar (TT) and tibiotalocalcaneal (TTC) fusions through multiple approaches. Along with the traditional anterior and lateral approaches, the PERI-LOC system is the only system to offer surgeons ankle fusion options for the posterior approach. The posterior approach minimizes soft tissue irritation and preserves the fibula.
In addition to providing surgeons with unmatched flexibility, the PERI-LOC System also offers outstanding stability as the screws thread into the plate, creating a true fixed-angle, locked construct.
"Flexibility and completeness are two of the important attributes that led me to use the Smith & Nephew ankle plating system," says Bret Smith, D.O of Columbia, SC. "Due to the multiple plate options – anterior, lateral or posterior – I have the ability to choose the best approach and techniques for my patient. This gives me the confidence to select the PERI-LOC ankle fusion system for any patient; from the straight-forward to the most complex."
About Smith & Nephew
Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma, Smith & Nephew has almost 11,000 employees and a presence in more than 90 countries. Annual sales in 2011 were nearly $4.3 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).
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