Thursday, July 31, 2014

News - Smith & Nephew scores a HAT-TRICK with its entry into the high-growth hammer toe repair market

The global medical technology business, today announced its entry into the forefoot market with the launch of the HAT-TRICK™ Lesser Toe Repair System. Comprised of three separate repair options, the HAT-TRICK System includes products for metatarsophalangeal (MTP) ligament repair and reconstruction, a metatarsal osteotomy guide, and a revisable, all-PEEK implant for proximal Inter-phalanges (PIP) fusion, also known as hammer toe correction.

With the new HAT-TRICK System, surgeons have access to:
  • The HAT-TRICK MTP Joint Repair System, which provides a complete repair of the lesser MTP joint that is less invasive and more anatomic than current standard of care techniques,i
  • The HAT-TRICK Osteotomy Guide, which allows for a controlled, precise and reproducible approach that maintains the biomechanical axis of the metatarsal,ii and
  • The HAT-TRICK PIP Fusion System, which is an all-inside fusion of the PIP joint that is less invasive than other standard of care options.iii
"We are excited to expand our successful foot and ankle portfolio into the forefoot," says Mark Waugh, Vice President, Extremities and Limb Restoration for Smith & Nephew. "In addition to being a high-growth area, we believe there are tremendous opportunities for us to enhance the surgeon experience, simplify the procedures and, most importantly, improve patient outcomes."
Current market analysis shows that procedures such as lesser toe correction surgery are experiencing double-digit growth in the US.ivHowever, patient satisfaction research suggests that as many as 46% of hammer toe patients are unsatisfied with the outcome of their surgery using existing methods and technologies.v
"Although treating lesser toe deformities is extremely common, getting consistently predictable outcomes has eluded surgeons worldwide," explains orthopaedic surgeon Charles Saltzman, MD, chairman of the system's scientific advisory board. "Current standards of treatment are known to have unacceptably high complication rates."
The HAT-TRICK system is a new three-part approach designed to not only treat the deformity, but also the underlying problem that led to the deformity in the first place."