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SBi Launches rHead(TM) Lateral Radial Head Implant and rHead(TM) Plating Systems to Expand its Elbow Management System
Date:9/28/2007

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Small Bone Innovations, Inc. (SBi), a single-source provider of products, technology and education for the small bone and joint orthopedic market sector, announced today the launch of the rHead(TM) Lateral Radial Head Implant System. To further augment its Elbow Management System, the company also launched the rHead(TM) Plating System for internal fixation of proximal radius fractures.

The rHead Lateral Implant is a side-loading radial head prosthesis that allows for a minimally invasive approach and exposure in radial head replacement surgery. The head and stem of the implant connect by the means of a dove-tail locking mechanism that does not require a set screw - saving time in the operating room.

The rHead implant and new plating systems have received 510(k) clearance by the FDA. The rHead Lateral is indicated for treatment of arthritic and traumatic conditions of the radial head.

Anthony G. Viscogliosi, Chairman & CEO of SBi, said: "The addition of the rHead Lateral implant and the complementary new plating system responds to surgeon demand for a full range of treatment options for every disease stage or severity of trauma in the elbow."

The stem of the rHead Lateral implant is plasma coated with titanium for immediate stability in the canal and optimum osteo-integrating properties. As with SBi's existing rHead implants, the stem has a 12-degree curve to match the anatomy of the radius. This stem is available with a 2 mm standard collar or a 6 mm extended collar.

"The modularity of treatment options now available from SBi is making the often complicated alignment challenges in elbow repair or reconstruction more manageable and predictable in outcome," said Amit Gupta, M.D, who completed the first procedure using the Lateral rHead at the Louisville Arm and Hand Center.

"A unique feature of the system is the coupling mechanism between the radial head and stem that enables the i
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