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MedShape, Inc. Announces Full Commercial Release of ExoShape® Soft Tissue Fastener
Date:1/17/2012

ATLANTA, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MedShape, Inc., the industry leader in innovative shape memory orthopedic devices, today announced the full U.S. commercial release of the ExoShape® Soft Tissue Fastener, a two-part PEEK Altera® interference fixation device that greatly simplifies and improves soft tissue graft fixation during anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructive surgery. MedShape has shipped the first full launch instrumentation sets to its sales agents to support surgeon demand for the product following a successful soft launch during 2011.

"We undertook a controlled market introduction of the ExoShape product to key sports medicine surgeons last year and received a tremendous amount of valuable feedback. We used this detailed information to further enhance the instrumentation and refine the surgical technique," said Kurt Jacobus, president and CEO of MedShape, Inc. "We firmly believe that the ExoShape Soft Tissue Fastener will fulfill our promise to surgeons to deliver a unique, effective and easy-to-use tibial soft tissue fixation system."

Cutting-Edge Design Overcomes Traditional Screw and "Sheath and Screw" Flaws
ExoShape's enhanced design supports reconstruction techniques as they continue to evolve to more accurately replicate the complex functionality of the native ACL. It employs a unique non-rotational deployment technique that preserves the surgeon's desired graft bundle orientation and tension during single tunnel-double bundle procedures.

When used with soft tissue grafts, traditional interference screws exhibit low ultimate yield loads and can damage the graft during insertion. In an attempt to overcome these issues, surgeons have turned to "sheath-and-screw" devices that offer improved graft fixation and graft protection. However, these solutions may continue to compromise graft bundle orientation due to the sheath rotating within the tibial tunnel, as significant manual torqu
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