Novel ankle stability devices launched by Artelon

Artelon Expands Leadership in Ankle Stability with FLEXBAND™ SOLO and ATL Anchoring Systems 

Innovative complete systems offer intuitive solutions for ankle stability and reconstruction 

Artelon announced today the launch of its FLEXBAND  SOLO and ATL Anchoring Systems for ankle ligament reconstruction procedures. These  innovative procedure systems leverage Artelon’s unique expertise in ankle stability and focus on  meeting clinician needs in the most complex cases. Artelon systems are at the forefront of  dynamic ankle restoration and represent over 30 years of research and development to  understand the complex interaction of strength and elasticity in these structures. This launch is  supported by the new patient and clinician focused website 

Surgical Technique

“Ankle sprains are the number one reason for emergency room visits in the United States, and up to 20 percent of those patients will develop chronic instability after these injuries,” said Bob  Anderson MD, partner at Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, Co Chairman of the Musculoskeletal Committee for the National Football League and former editor in-chief of the journal, Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. “While traditional surgical  procedures can mitigate these problems, many surgical patients may still have residual pain or  instability over the long term, which can greatly limit return to normal life activities. Ankle  stabilization procedures require a deep grasp of complex anatomy and biology to achieve  success. Artelon is offering the first system that allows the surgeon to immediately restore both the complex mechanics of the ankle and the biological needs of healing tissues.” 

“Artelon’s new systems represent the first holistic technology approach to ankle stabilization that  mitigates use of multiple overlapping point solutions previously required to repair complex  cases,” said CEO Aaron Smith. “We are focused on bringing value to patients and healthcare  providers through a clinician-friendly platform that simplifies repair while facilitating optimal  restoration of stability and motion. Our goal is to permit faster recovery and improved long-term  results for patients who suffer from chronic ankle instability.” 

Artelon’s Dynamic Matrix™ technology is a proprietary polymeric bio-textile. Dynamic Matrix is  designed to mimic the natural mechanical and biological properties of healing ligament tissue. It  has been proven in clinical studies to protect the surgical repair during early healing, quickly  restore the mechanics of motion, and support development of regenerating ligament tissue  before dissolving over five to six years. 

“FLEXBAND SOLO is a surgical system designed to augment ankle ligament repairs with  Dynamic Matrix in an elegant, reliable procedure” said Carroll Jones MD, head of the Foot and  Ankle Fellowship for OrthoCarolina and current Program Chair for the annual American  Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society meeting. “The traditional Brostrom surgical repair is not  nearly as strong as the original tissue being reconstructed, the ATFL ligament. The new  FLEXBAND SOLO is over two times stronger than a Brostrom repair and allows the surgeon to  restore anatomic strength while preserving the natural elasticity and motion of the ankle joint.”

“In addition to the important benefits provided by FLEXBAND SOLO, Artelon is also launching  the ATL Suture Anchors to improve the primary soft tissue repair that is a component of all  ankle stabilization procedures” said Kent Ellington MD, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of  Biology at University of North Carolina Charlotte and an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at  Atrium. “While many suture anchors exist on the market, Artelon’s new ATL anchors have been  specifically designed for the unique challenges and anatomy of ankle instability procedures.  Artelon’s specific and complete focus on the ankle will be eagerly embraced by physicians.” 

“Artelon is leading an important evolution in medical technology,” said Greg Berlet MD, past  chair of the Program Committee for the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society and past  chair of the Education Planning Committee for the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle  Society. “Having effective technology is important, however having it fit more seamlessly into  clinical practice is critical to success. Artelon is delivering on this promise. Artelon’s launch  demonstrates their commitment to the field with a technology and systemic approach that  enables ankle surgeons to optimize patient success.” 

About Artelon 

Artelon was founded on expertise in synthetic materials for real-world success in orthopedic  connective tissue reconstruction. Since its inception, Artelon’s Dynamic Matrix has delivered on  its promise of enhanced biological and mechanical soft tissue reconstruction with more than 40,000 implantations worldwide. Artelon is headquartered in Marietta, GA., and is committed  to an innovative focus on joint stability and kinematics through novel soft tissue reconstructive  products and procedures. 

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