DePuy Synthes unveils shoulder replacement system

Spinal Tech

The Inhance shoulder arthroplasty system was introduced Aug. 18 by DePuy Synthes, the orthopedics company of Johnson & Johnson.

The device is the first shoulder replacement system to allow surgeons to seamlessly transition from stemless to stemmed implants intraoperatively, the company said in a news release. Surgeons need to make this transition during surgery for many reasons, including humeral bone quality and severity of glenoid bone loss, or the extent of rotator cuff deficiency.

Inhance's implants are designed to preserve bone, provide long-term fixation and support intraoperative flexibility while simplifying preparation for various surgical treatment options, according to DePuy.

"Advancements in shoulder arthroplasty have enabled a broader range of surgical treatment over the past decade, but have increased the complexity and cost of preparing for each surgical case," said J. Michael Wiater, MD, chief of shoulder surgery at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Auburn Hills, Mich. "The Inhance shoulder system can empower surgeons to seamlessly alter their surgical flow, while simultaneously keeping their focus on the patient, and has the potential to reduce OR time."

DePuy acquired the device through a multiyear agreement with Ignite Orthopedics.

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