Exactech introduces Link MITUS Minimally Invasive Technique for unicondylar knee replacement

Gainesville 22 May 2003Exactech Inc. will begin introducing the Link MITUS, its Minimally Invasive Technique for the Unicondylar SLED instrument system and Link's Endo-Model SLED unicondylar knee prosthesis to orthopaedic surgeons in the United States. The innovative instrumentation set facilitates minimally invasive implantation of the SLED knee system, resulting in significant patient benefits.

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Link's SLED knee prosthesis was documented in the respected 2002 Swedish Knee Arthoplasty Register as the top performing unicondylar knee prosthesis in terms of long-term clinical outcomes. Unicondylar knees are a rapidly growing segment of the knee arthroplasty market and are gaining significant popularity due to growing demand for minimally invasive procedures.

Exactech Executive Vice President David Petty stated: "The MITUS instrument set is our first product launched specifically for less invasive procedures and represents a significant step forward in our commitment to improving patient outcomes. The femoral and tibial instrumentation is bone conserving and easy to use, and designed to promote consistent, reproducible results. Minimally invasive procedures offer patients the potential for minimised incision length, hospital stay and rehabilitation time."

Exactech is the exclusive North American distributor for Link Orthopaedics, developer of the MITUS instruments and the Endo-Model SLED prosthesis. Exactech will begin conducting hands-on training programmes at the company's new state-of-the-art surgical training facility in Gainesville, Florida, which is a part of a 37.000 square-foot corporate expansion. It is estimated that the unicondylar knee market in the United States now represents about 10 percent of the $1,4 billion reconstructive total knee market.

Exactech develops and markets orthopaedic implant devices, related surgical instruments and biologic materials and services to hospitals and physicians. The company manufactures many of its orthopaedic devices at its Gainesville facility. Exactech's orthopaedic products are used in the restoration of bones and joints that have deteriorated as a result of injury or diseases such as arthritis. Exactech markets its products in the United States and in 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America.


Leslie Versweyveld

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