Tornier pyrocarbon shoulder prostheses reduce patient pain, offered shorter recovery time

Tornier, Inc., a global leader in extremity and sports medicine orthopaedics, announced today the successful early clinical results of the first seven pyrocarbon shoulder prostheses that were implanted between April 2009 and December 2009. For numerous orthopedic indications, pyrocarbon implants have demonstrated very favorable implant-on-bone and implant-on-soft tissue fatigue and wear characteristics, leading to reduced patient pain and shorter recovery times.

World-renowned shoulder specialist Gilles Walch MD, Director Centre Orthopedique Santy, Lyon France commented, "I am very encouraged by the early results of our series of seven patients treated with the Tornier pyrocarbon shoulder prosthesis for degenerative or post traumatic gleno-humeral joint disease. Our longest patient is now 17 months post-surgery and our average period of follow-up is 12 Months (9-17 months). The MRI images demonstrate that there has been no deterioration of the space between the humeral head and glenoid and the glenoid cartilage facing the pyrocarbon implant has remained healthy. Most importantly, our patients have been very satisfied, they are pain-free, and their range of motion is excellent. We will continue to follow our patients to ensure that the long term results will confirm these promising early clinical results."

Doug Kohrs, President and CEO of Tornier, commented, "Tornier has a long history of delivering innovation to orthopedic surgeons and their patients. We are excited to be the first company to report on a series of patients treated with pyrocarbon shoulder devices. We believe that the unique, bio-friendly wear characteristics associated with a pyrocarbon shoulder prostheses will result in significantly less stress on cartilage, ultimately improving longevity and providing a valuable treatment option for younger patients with a variety of shoulder joint problems."

Extremity orthopaedic implants based on Tornier's pyrocarbon technology have over ten years of clinical experience. Currently marketed devices include carpometacarpal implants for the base of the thumb, radial head implants for the elbow, and several interpositional implants for the wrist. Tornier has several other pyrocarbon-based extremity products at various stages of development, including the pyrocarbon shoulder prosthesis which received a European CE Mark in March 2009.


: Tornier, Inc.


The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of News Medical.
Post a new comment

While we only use edited and approved content for Azthena answers, it may on occasions provide incorrect responses. Please confirm any data provided with the related suppliers or authors. We do not provide medical advice, if you search for medical information you must always consult a medical professional before acting on any information provided.

Your questions, but not your email details will be shared with OpenAI and retained for 30 days in accordance with their privacy principles.

Please do not ask questions that use sensitive or confidential information.

Read the full Terms & Conditions.

You might also like...
Tinnitus linked to obesity and body composition in men, study finds