Stryker rolls out new time-saving surgical equipment

System advances ease of use and accuracy in the operating room for podiatrists.
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The new equipment cuts out steps for surgeons who are performing ankle-replacement procedures. Courtesy Stryker

Stryker is making foot and ankle doctors’ jobs easier.

The medical technology company launched its Prophecy Infinity Resect-Through Guides for use in total ankle replacement surgeries.

The Prophecy Infinity Resect-Through Guides is a new system that provides surgeons with fewer surgical steps: one guide is used for drilling and cutting, and metal guides are used to maintain cutting stability. There are optional holes to couple the alignment for the talus or the ankle bone; cover pegs; and improved fluoroscopic visualization of the coronal alignment, positioning and implant size in one fluoro shot, according to Stryker.

“The Prophecy Infinity Resect-Through Guides can save steps in the OR (operating room) and allow for a firmer attachment of the Prophecy guides to the bone,” said Dr. Scott Ellis, foot and ankle surgeon and associate attending at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. “With Stryker’s Resect-Through Guides, surgeons can enter the OR feeling confident that they are more likely to successfully follow their preoperative total ankle plan and achieve a well-aligned implant.”

The Prophecy Infinity Resect-Through Guides was designed to match a patient’s anatomy and fit securely into position at the time of surgery. It provides fewer steps and reduces time-consuming interoperative steps such as determining alignment, choosing implant size and reliance on fluoroscopic guidance.

“The new Prophecy Infinity Resect-Through Guides system builds on the product line’s legacy of success in the foot and ankle market,” said Michael Rankin, vice president of marketing and medical education for Stryker’s foot and ankle business. “After 35,000 cases planned over the last nine years, the latest offering in the Prophecy System continues to push innovation that will advance ease of use and accuracy in the operating room.”

A nationwide inpatient sample database from 2007-13 revealed that 50,156 patients older than 50 underwent either a total ankle replacement surgery or tibiotalar arthrodesis (ankle fusion surgery) because of ankle arthritis.

Of the total number of patients, 15,060 patients underwent total ankle replacement surgery and 35,096 underwent tibiotalar arthrodesis.

Total ankle replacement surgery has been increasing over the past decade, particularly with patients with post-traumatic arthritis and osteoarthritis, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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