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Home Investors News Exactech Announces Successful First Surgeries with New Equinoxe® Preserve Stem and ExactechGPS® Shoulder Application

Gainesville, Fla. (June 5, 2017) – Exactech (Nasdaq: EXAC), a developer and producer of bone and joint restoration products and biologic solutions for extremities, knee and hip, announced today a successful first surgery using the new Equinoxe® Preserve stem, a conservative shoulder treatment option designed to preserve humeral bone in shoulder replacement surgery. Additionally, surgeons performed the first U.S. procedures using the ExactechGPS® Shoulder Application.

Orthopaedic surgeon Thomas Wright, MD, performed the first Preserve stem surgery in Gainesville, Fla. “The surgical team and I were pleased with the results of today’s surgery, including the thoughtful implant design, practical instrumentation and relatively simple technique,” Dr. Wright said.

The Preserve stem expands the options offered by the successful Equinoxe Platform Shoulder System. This new stem is approximately two-thirds the length of the system’s current stem.    

“Creating a bone preserving stem that can be used alongside already clinically successful components of our Equinoxe anatomic and reverse implants is an important evolutionary step in our perpetual pursuit of improved clinical outcomes,” said Darin Johnson, Vice President of Marketing, Extremities.   

The implant design was developed through the use of CT reconstruction data and clinical studies. Specifically, the implant features a unique polished distal tip to facilitate any need for removal, a straight lateral fin designed for greater rotational stability and plasma coating to aid proximal fixation.

“The technique and implant were created to provide a more bone preserving option within the Equinoxe suite. It was a great pleasure over the last couple of years to collaborate with Drs. Samuel Antuna, Ken Faber, Howard Routman, Joseph Zuckerman and Pierre-Henri Flurin on this innovative improvement. This product demonstrates Exactech’s commitment to working closely with surgeons to improve patient outcomes,” Dr. Wright said.

Dr. Wright and Richard Jones, MD, of Asheville, N.C., also completed the first U.S. surgeries using the ExactechGPS Shoulder Application, a computer-assisted shoulder arthroplasty technology. “This advance in shoulder arthroplasty - being able to execute a preoperative plan in the operating room with real-time visibility into the glenoid vault - has almost limitless possibilities to help patients. Ten years ago, Dr. Sean Grey and I implanted the first Equinoxe reverse shoulder, and that innovation set the pace for the last decade. Now, I believe, ExactechGPS is the breakthrough for the next decade,” Dr. Jones said.

Full U.S. market availability for the Preserve Stem and ExactechGPS Shoulder Application is planned for the beginning of 2018. 

Investor Contacts

Jody Phillips                                                                                   

Executive Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer


Julie Marshall or Frank Hawkins

Hawk Associates


Media contacts       

Priscilla Bennett, Exactech

Vice President, Corporate & Marketing Communication         


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