Arthrex Releases Univers Revers™ Shoulder Arthroplasty System in the United States - First Surgery Successfully Performed in Chillicothe, OH
Arthrex has released its innovative Univers Revers Shoulder Arthroplasty System in the United States following approval of the system by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 31, 2013. Reverse shoulder replacement surgery was introduced in the United States in 2004, but Arthrex’s newly-released system incorporates unique features that further advance arthroplasty implant technology.
“The recent FDA approval of the Arthrex Univers Revers Shoulder Arthroplasty System is another testimony to Arthrex’s continuous innovation in helping surgeons treat their patients better,” said Reinhold Schmieding, Arthrex President and Founder. “We applaud our creative engineers, tenacious regulatory affairs management and dedicated consulting surgeons worldwide for this significant achievement in orthopaedic surgery.”
The first U.S. Univers Revers implantation was successfully performed last week by Brian S. Cohen, M.D. (Chillicothe, OH). “Having been very involved with the reverse shoulder arthroplasty procedure since its early inception in the United States, and having performed over 700 of the procedures, I had some concerns that a transition to a new system would set back my “learning curve,” said Dr. Cohen. “Fortunately, the new Arthrex Univers Revers System has instrumentation that is surgeon-friendly, and flows seamlessly with the goals of the procedure. My surgical team has been with me for almost 13 years; by our second case, many commented that it looked like we had been using the system for years.
Dr. Cohen added, “Another big advantage of the Arthrex Univers Revers Shoulder Arthroplasty System is the unique and clinically appropriate features that it offers. The variable neck angle of 135 degrees and 155 degrees allows the surgeon to match the patient’s clinically specific issues with an appropriate humeral reconstruction. Also, the geometry and design of the humeral stem allow the surgeon to perform a press fit procedure.”
Arthrex’s Univers Revers Shoulder Arthroplasty System has been utilized in Europe since 2012, with over 500 prostheses implanted to date.
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