Warsaw, Indiana-based Zimmer Biomet designed Identity for anatomic, reverse and revision shoulder replacement.
Identity is a convertible system that uses proprietary technologies, the company said. It aligns each surgeon’s approach to individual patient anatomy to alleviate pain and optimize range of motion. Zimmer Biomet said it designed Identity to allow surgeons to devise and execute patient-specific plans precisely.
“The FDA clearance of the Identity shoulder system is exciting because it offers surgeons a highly adaptable solution for anatomic, reverse and revision procedures to help patients optimize natural shoulder movement,” said Ivan Tornos, COO at Zimmer Biomet. “This significant milestone adds to progress in our growing sports medicine, extremities and trauma (S.E.T.) portfolio, a critical area of focus as we expand our position as a global leader in innovative medical technologies that maximize mobility.”
What is the Identity shoulder system?
Identity provides eight humeral tray combinations. The variety increases options for aligning the humerus with the glenoid without lengthening the arm. Zimmer Biomet said this expands on the traditional inlay and onlay reconstruction used in reverse shoulder arthroplasty.
The platform offers adaptability for potential revision procedures in the future. For example, it allows for 5mm of additional joint space below resection. The extra joint space gives surgeons more to work with if a patient requires revision in the future.
Zimmer Biomet’s Identity system utilizes the company’s proprietary Versa-Dial for infinite humeral head offset placement. In addition, it features the Alliance glenoid for a broad range of glenoid options to adapt to unique anatomies.
“The Identity shoulder system was designed to help surgeons restore center of rotation and achieve optimal range of motion after reverse shoulder replacements, a main goal of these procedures,” said Dr. William N. Levine chair of the department of orthopedic surgery at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a member of the Identity shoulder system development team. “Shoulder specialists will value this system’s adaptability and flexibility to support their unique surgical approaches and complement diverse patient anatomies.”