JRI Orthopaedics celebrates gold standard rating for shoulder replacement system

A pioneering shoulder replacement system manufactured by Sheffield healthcare company JRI Orthopaedics has been awarded a top five-year rating in recognition of its clinical performance.

Multi-award winning JRI now joins an elite group of just six companies who have an uncemented reverse shoulder with a rating of 5A or higher from ODEP – the Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel.

VAIOS was designed in collaboration with Nottingham City Hospital and The School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering at Newcastle University and won best new mechanical product at the British Engineering Excellence Awards after its launch.

The modular system is intended to address key challenges in shoulder replacement surgery to help improve success rates and made the job of the surgical team easier by reducing the number of component parts and instruments.

Product Manager, Adam Driver said: “Where VAIOS is different is that it was designed from its conception as a platform system meaning there has been no compromise.


“I think VAIOS demonstrates the best of British design, engineering and manufacturing and shows what can be achieved by a company working with leading academic and clinical partners to deliver effective solutions to improve outcomes for patients requiring shoulder replacement surgery.

“We are very proud to report that, to date, not a single VAIOS uncemented reverse has had to be revised for implant loosening or dislocation – the cause of just over half of shoulder revisions.”

ODEP independently assess whether total hip, knee and shoulder replacement products have reached quality performance benchmarks in accordance with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines awarding ratings for clinical evidence at three, five, ten and 13 years.

JRI Orthopaedics is part of the AK Medical Group, one of the world’s largest 3D-printed orthopaedic implant manufacturers, and last year introduced a 3D pre-operative planning tool for its full VAIOS platform. This allows surgeons to plan complex procedures by positioning implants and performing a range of motion tests.

The Sheffield-based company, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary year, is also planning to introduce an innovative ‘short stem’ to VAIOS.

JRI Orthopaedics has world-class expertise in the design, development and manufacture of a portfolio of orthopaedic implants and systems which aim to deliver the best solutions in joint reconstruction, repair and regeneration.

It was the first company in the world to produce a hip implant with a Hydroxyapatite (HAC) coating enabling a biological bond with the patient’s bone and so the prospect of a hip for life. Latest ODEP ratings can be found at www.odep.org.uk

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