STRYKER LAUNCHES NEW MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL OPTION FOR TREATING PATIENTS WITH BUNIONS
PROstep® MIS Lapidus is an internal fixation system intended for treating bunions using a minimally invasive surgical reduction of hallux valgus deformity and subsequent fusion of the first metatarsal cuneiform joint.
Traditionally, surgeons performing Lapidus bunion procedures use an open approach, but minimally invasive surgery techniques are being adopted in numerous surgical specialities because of the surgeon and patient advantages. PROstep MIS Lapidus offers powerful fixation stability through a minimal incision. The new technology features MIS joint preparation, triplanar reduction, and a three-screw construct designed to create a tension band for biomechanical stability.
"This procedure can be a better option for patients who are worried about cosmetic scarring from surgery and can mitigate the potential loss of correction caused by improper bone healing," said Dr. Alastair Younger, Head of the Distal Extremities Division at the University of British Columbia. "I appreciate having a viable minimally invasive surgery option that provides surgeons and their patients more options for treating bunions."
Benefits of the PROstep MIS Lapidus system include:
- 2.5% decrease in recurrence compared to open Lapidus procedures
- 9% reduction in non-union rates as a result of MIS Lapidus joint preparation
- 76% reduction in scar size compared to open bunion correction procedures
- Less opioid usage post-op compared to open Lapidus procedures