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Smith & Nephew launches new multi-bearing acetabular cup system for hip replacements

Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics : 07 March, 2008  (New Product)
Smith & Nephew’s Orthopaedic Reconstruction business has launched the R3 Acetabular System, an advanced multi-bearing acetabular cup system used in total hip replacement procedures.
The R3 Acetabular Cup is engineered for multiple bearing options and features Stiktite porous coating that is designed to enhance fixation and bony in-growth. The multi-bearing cup, in addition to providing flexibility for surgeons, provides a foundation designed to reduce wear and the subsequent need for revision surgery.

Optimised inserts accommodate larger head sizes and help the R3 system achieve a greater range of motion. By utilising a single set of instruments for all bearings and as the first system for Smith & Nephew to offer disposable trial liners, the R3 Acetabular system gives surgeons one way to think differently.

'The R3 System is another example of our continuum of care in action. A surgeon now has more options to treat the patient and when combined with our excellent hip stems, the R3 system presents a high performance option that fits nicely into our growing portfolio of products for active patients,' said Joseph DeVivo, president of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedic Reconstruction. 'The R3 system represents how we listen to our customers and provide them with high tech answers to help their patients regain their lives.'

'The R3 Acetabular system will now give me the flexibility to tailor the Implant to each of my patients,' said designer surgeon, Stephen McMahon, of the Malabar Orthopaedic Clinic in Windsor, Australia. 'This range of options allows me to provide the most suitable surgical solution for each individual, enabling patients to realize their best possible outcome.'

The R3 modular resurfacing system and ceramic-on-ceramic system are currently awaiting FDA approval in the USA.
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