DePuy Synthes Trauma says that its radial head prosthesis system offers several benefits compared to current technologies.

Modularity of the radial head prosthesis system – 24 heads and 10 stems allowing for 240 possible implant combinations – enables surgeons to restore the appropriate height, which may aid in elbow stability.

Side-loading capability of the system facilitates in-situ insertion and assembly, which may allow for a smaller incision than a top-loading device, while the stem texture ensures a uniform press fit in the radial canal.

The system provides an integrated connection screw to facilitate assembly, along with simple instrumentation.

MetroHealth Medical Center Department of Orthopedic Surgery surgeon Dr Harry Hoyen noted this system is a comprehensive solution for the radial head replacement that permits the surgeon to choose whether a long or short stem is best for the proximal radius.

"With the system, a novel surface etching permits on-growth and stability, the head element can be placed onto either stem and is designed to take into account the PRUJ and radiocapitellar articulation for each respective size. There also is a side-loading option for intraoperative assembly," Dr Hoyen added.