Florida Orthopaedic Institute performs first total shoulder surgery using vitamin E
04/02/2013

Florida Orthopaedic Institute announces the first ever total shoulder arthroplasty in the world with the use of e+™, a vitamin E infused polyethylene component. Dr. Mark Frankle performed the surgery at Tampa General Hospital.

Online PR News – 02-April-2013 – TAMPA, FLA. – FLORIDA ORTHOPAEDIC INSTITUTE PERFORMS FIRST TOTAL SHOULDER SURGERY IN THE WORLD USING VITAMIN E POLYETHYLENE

TAMPA, FLA. (April 1, 2013) – Florida Orthopaedic Institute announces the first ever total shoulder arthroplasty in the world with the use of e+™, a vitamin E infused polyethylene component. Dr. Mark Frankle, director of the shoulder and elbow fellowship at Florida Orthopaedic Institute, performed the surgery at Tampa General Hospital. The patient is a 71-year-old retired postal worker and retired U.S. Navy jet engine repairman.

Developed by DJO Surgical (djoglobal.com/surgical), e+™ prolongs the life of total joint replacement and received FDA approval in 2013. Testing showed a 57 percent reduction in wear, compared to a standard component.

While a number of products on the market are infused with vitamin E, meaning the vitamin E is added to the product after it is manufactured, e+™ is blended directly into the resin for a more uniform distribution of the vitamin E within the polyethylene, which helps the material retain improved mechanical and wear properties throughout the product.

“We are committed to bringing the very best science and technology to the community to keep patients active. This product provides patients with a durable implant to get them back to their active selves,” says Dr. Mark Frankle.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 53,000 Americans undergo shoulder replacement surgery every year. On average, Florida Orthopaedic Institute surgeons perform 250 total shoulder surgeries per year and have participated in more than 50 research studies through their partnership with the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education.

About Florida Orthopaedic Institute
Florida Orthopaedic Institute, founded in 1989, is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, anesthesiology, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine, urgent care, and weight management, among others. FOI treats patients throughout its Surgery Center and 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Brooksville, Carrollwood, Dade City, Northdale, North Tampa, Riverview, South Tampa and Sun City. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

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