CARLSBAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KFx Medical Corporation announced today the PASTAFx Anchor System, used in the repair of partial rotator cuff tears, including Partial Articular Sided Tendon Avulsion (PASTA) tears.
In the United States, approximately 400,000 full thickness rotator cuff tears are treated each year. PASTAFx will allow orthopaedic surgeons to intervene earlier in repairing this degenerative condition of the supraspinatus tendon – one of the four tendons that make up the rotator cuff.
Prior to the creation of PASTAFx, PASTA lesions were generally treated by fully tearing the remaining supraspinatus tendon off from its natural position and repairing it through reattachment, according to Jonathan Ticker, MD, an assistant clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
“As surgeons we are conflicted with these types of tears. On the one hand, we are trained to preserve healthy tissue; however, we know the likely outcomes of this progressive disease once it begins,” Ticker said. “I am seeing a growing body of literature advocating the trend toward earlier intervention to remediate PASTA lesions given the natural progression of rotator cuff disease. The KFx PASTAFx is a valuable tool in the arsenal of shoulder surgeons to preserve healthy tissue and achieve optimal outcomes regardless of what kind of tears are encountered in rotator cuff pathology.”