First case studies on Artelon® foot applications

Västra Frölunda, Sweden, January 30, 2007
At the 2007 annual meeting for the Swedish Society of Foot Surgeons case studies on Artelon® foot applications were presented.

Dr. Liliane Helger at Sahlgrenska University Hospital Mölndal (SU) presented the first clinical case reports on spring ligament repair with Artelon® Tissue Reinforcement*. The first patient received treatment in March 2006. All patients have been successfully treated without complications to date. Dr. Helger also reported that she has treated a patient suffering from osteoarthritis in the MTP joint with an Artelon® MTP Spacer.

In addition, Dr. Jan Lidström, SU, informed about using Artelon® Tissue Reinforcement for repair of Achilles tendon rerupture.

CEO Hans Rosén;
“In accordance with our plan we are collecting data to further widen the use of Artelon® Tissue Reinforcement in addition to the main indication - rotator cuff repair. Spring foot ligament and Achilles tendon repair are two very interesting applications where the unique properties of Artelon® offers the surgeon new opportunities for unmet clinical needs. The data received so far is very encouraging. The number of cases is still small and it takes time to establish new products on the market. However, the case reports confirm the opportunity to expand the number of indications for Artelon® Tissue Reinforcement.”



*Artelon® Tissue Reinforcement is marketed in the Nordic countries by Artimplant AB and exclusive in the rest of the world by Arthrotek, Inc., a Biomet Company, under the trademark SportMesh™ Soft Tissue Reinforcement for reinforcement of rotator cuff tears.

In Europe, the CE marked Artelon® Tissue Reinforcement/SportMesh™ Soft tissue Reinforcement is intended for use in general surgical procedures for reinforcement of soft tissue. It is also intended for reinforcement of soft tissues that are repaired by suture or suture anchors, during tendon repair surgery including reinforcement of rotator cuff, patellar, Achilles, biceps, quadriceps or other tendons.

In USA SportMesh™ Soft Tissue Reinforcement is intended for use in general surgical procedures for reinforcement of soft tissue. It is also intended for reinforcement of soft tissue that is repaired by suture or suture anchors, limited to the supraspinatus, during rotator cuff surgery.

Artelon® is a registered trademark of Artimplant AB. SportMesh™ is a trademark of Arthrotek, Inc.

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