DePuy Mitek launches all-inside meniscal repair system at AOSSM Annual Meeting

DePuy Mitek, Inc. announced the launch of its OMNISPAN Meniscal Repair System for all-inside repairs of meniscus tears. The announcement was made at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) 2010 Annual Meeting.

The System features a low-profile needle pre-loaded with two PEEK backstops and proprietary ORTHOCORD suture for enhanced strength. According to a company press release, testing has shown the OMNISPAN System provides superior strength compared to leading all-inside devices.

Meniscus tears are among the most common knee injuries, especially in athletes, leading to an estimated 850,000 surgeries every year in the United States, the company wrote. The arthroscopic all-inside technique is less invasive than inside-out or outside-in approaches, allowing surgeons to make fewer incisions during repair and reduce the risk of trauma to surrounding tissue.

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“The OMNISPAN System offers strength and precision through a minimally invasive approach,” Andrew Chen, MD, a paid clinical consultant to DePuy Mitek, noted in the release. “Its active backstop deployment, low-profile repair and innovative suture allow surgeons to perform a precise meniscal repair.”

The ORTHOCORD Suture, made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and PDS (Polydioxanone) minimizes tissue abrasion and the PDS component is resorbable, resulting in less suture mass on the meniscus surface over time. In addition, the suture knot is made in the backside of the meniscus to avoid contact with the femoral condyles, the company wrote.

“DePuy Mitek offers a broad range of solutions for meniscal repair so surgeons can choose their preferred option based on the patient’s anatomy. OMNISPAN will expand this range of solutions by providing a strong, low profile, suture-based option for all-inside repair,” Ian Lawson, worldwide president of DePuy Mitek, stated in the press release.

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