New Device Proven to Provide Better Function
Than Existing Standard of Care
Dr. James M. Cottom of Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, one of Florida’s foremost foot and ankle surgeons, has been offering treatment for ankle arthritis using the market leading STAR™ Total Ankle Replacement system that was approved in 2009 by the US FDA. The ankle replacement uses similar materials and technology to those used in knee and hip replacement implants and has rapidly become the leading choice of US surgeons after its long term success in Europe.
Following clinical trials, the STAR ankle received FDA pre-market approval as an alternative to such invasive procedures as mechanically fusing bones in ankle joints affected by various forms of severe arthritis. Fusion has been a common procedure that reduces ankle pain but significantly restricts the joint’s mobility and, therefore, limits physical activity.
Dr. Cottom said: “As a specialist in foot and ankle surgery, my experience in total ankle replacement has convinced me that the STAR ankle design and its ability to optimize the ankle’s motion is a superior option for select patients.”
The STAR Ankle system helps to optimize ankle movement and function by creating a new surface that replaces the arthritic ankle joint. As a result of the surgery, the typical patient can usually walk normally and engage in activities such as golf and hiking.
Anthony Viscogliosi, Chairman of the STAR ankle supplier, Small Bone Innovations, Inc. (SBi), says: “This implant has been consistently enhanced over the past 30 years, based on 20 years of clinical experience and a cumulative 18,000 implantations in the US and overseas. As a result, more than 117 clinical papers have been published in respected medical journals.”
“We have carefully selected foot & ankle surgeons throughout the US for in-depth training in the procedure, and over the past few months the STAR has become the nation’s #1 selling total ankle replacement,” he added. Dr. Cottom is one of the select few STAR facility members who actually teach other surgeons on how to implant the STAR.
Cottom said: “The 2009 FDA approval came about only after a two-year, exhaustive clinical study of 158 patients – the first ever full scale trial of a total ankle to be compared with fusion. It showed superior efficacy over fusion and is implanted without using cement – which is good news to most patients and a lot of surgeons like me. I am fortunate in that the center in Ohio where I did my foot and ankle fellowship was involved with this clinical trial.”
Dr. James Cottom, FACFAS is a member of the orthopedics department at Doctor’s Hospital of Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Manatee Memorial Hospital and Blake Medical Center. He also has a private practice with Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine with locations in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, FL. Full information is available at www.coastalorthopedics.com or www.footankleofflorida.com. Coastal Orthopedics can be reached at 941-792-1404.
Details of the STAR ankle technology are available at: www.StarAnkleReplacement.com