Stryker in Kalamazoo Launches Post-free Hip Distraction System


Stryker, a Kalamazoo-based medical technology company, has developed a post-free hip distraction system designed to mitigate groin complications and heel slip associated with hip arthroscopy surgery.

“Complications around the perineal post and current boot technology are well-documented, so we are excited to offer surgeons a new option to address their clinical needs in hip arthroscopy,” says Matt Moreau, Stryker’s sports medicine vice president and general manager. He says the new procedure increases intraoperative range of motion, enables more flexible arm positioning, and presents surgeons with the opportunity to consider more bilateral hips scopes in their practice.

Moreau says a recent study of 1,000 hip arthroscopies performed without the use of a perineal post found in every case that the new procedure allows safe, adequate, reproducible access to the hip joint without groin-related soft-tissue or nerve complications.

The number of total hip replacements, in which both the head of the femur and its socket are replaced, increased in the U.S. from 2000-2010, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC expects the number of total hip replacements to increase over the next few decades.

Stryker was founded in 1941 and is a medical technology company that offers products and services in orthopaedics, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology and spine.

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