The Vantage Total Ankle is the latest product in the company’s extremities line, and its first in the foot and ankle market.

"With the introduction of the Vantage Ankle, Exactech continues its precedent of innovation in the extremities market, which began with our industry-leading Equinoxe® platform shoulder system," said Darin Johnson, Exactech vice president of marketing for extremities.

"The ankle market is in need of advances in total ankle technologies. We have had the pleasure of working with a world-class design team that includes surgeons who have dedicated their careers to treatment of the ankle. Together, we have developed an implant that we believe will be an improvement for patients who need a total ankle."

"I am impressed with Exactech’s ability to convert concepts from their other successful total joint replacement systems," said Mark Easley, MD, design team member and president of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

"The company’s engineers have successfully turned our ideas into an exciting new treatment option for end-stage ankle arthritis. On behalf of the design team and engineers, I look forward to sharing the Vantage ankle with other surgeons so their patients may benefit from this meaningful new technology."

Designed to conserve bone, the Vantage Total Ankle is an easy-to-use solution that allows for both stability and mobility in total ankle arthroplasty. The curved surface talar component is engineered to fit the anatomy of the diseased talus and restore the joint line, and both the curved talus and anatomic tibia designs are intended to improve implant stability and return anatomic kinematics.

The system incorporates the signature press-fit bone cage design used in the Equinoxe shoulder system, developed to allow for initial and long-term fixation.

Exactech plans to initiate targeted clinical evaluation of the fixed-bearing Vantage Total Ankle this summer, with full-scale release scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.