New Total Ankle Replacement System Announced

Ankle X-ray

According to medgadget – the internet journal of emerging medical technologies, the US FDA has just approved the use of the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) system from Small Bone Innovations, Inc.. It is hoped that the new proceedure can replace the typical fusion proceedures that often result in less than ideal results.

From the article: This device offers another treatment alternative to fusion surgery, and more closely imitates the function of a natural ankle,” said Daniel G. Schultz, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “For the first time in the United States, a patient may retain some ankle mobility with this non-constrained, mobile-bearing device.”

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