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[Sponsored] Corporate Profile: Innovative Medical Products (IMP)

Sponsored by Innovative Medical Products (IMP)

[Sponsored] Corporate Profile: Innovative Medical Products (IMP)

The orthopedic healthcare industry is moving forward on an ever-changing course, challenging sterile processing logistics in facilities performing orthopedic procedures for the first time, while also experiencing expanded adoption of advanced robotic technology in operating rooms around the globe.

Innovating to Support Orthopedic Service Lines

Many ASCs and outpatient clinics report that the smaller autoclaves, limited storage space and smaller soak sinks present a variety of logistical and sterile processing challenges. While outpatient facilities are insisting on maintaining consistency in training and how they approach procedures, they need a new solution to overcome the limited resources in smaller facilities.
During AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) in September 2021, IMP showcased its all-new De Mayo Adapt2Fit™ Modular Knee Positioner, which solves these pain points with a two-piece baseplate that quickly separates the positioner down to half of its overall length.

When stored in its standard sterilization tray, the resulting smaller footprint allows the positioner to fit in smaller autoclaves typically found at Outpatient Centers. When disassembled, the Adapt2Fit’s reduced size also allows it to be fully submerged in standard sinks and cleaning vessels in a single pass, saving SPD valuable time.

[Sponsored] Corporate Profile: Innovative Medical Products (IMP)

In order to accommodate longer legs and overcoming space constraints, IMP’s engineers designed the the Adapt2Fit to be the longest positioner on the market when assembled. The end result is that the Adapt2Fit is a full 2-7” longer than previous models. The increased length provides more surface area for full flexion and extension without moving the baseplate.

[Sponsored] Corporate Profile: Innovative Medical Products (IMP)

Robotic Surgery Requires Improved Limb Stability and Access to the Knee Joint

The introduction of robotic-assisted surgery in knee replacement continued to increase the value of the De Mayo Knee Positioner to increase limb stability during a total knee procedure.

Holding the leg in a fixed position in a total knee procedure had always required a second set of hands to assist the surgeon until IMP developed a knee positioner capable of the challenge. This idea made the De Mayo Knee Positioner® the market-leading positioner used in orthopedic ORs today.

For years IMP has included a distractor block on the posterior side of the aluminum boot with the De Mayo Knee Positioners that enables a surgeon to install the IMP De Mayo Universal Distractor® between the lower calf and the patient’s thigh above the knee while flexing to approximately 90 degrees. A hand lever on the distractor enables a surgeon to apply force from the boot’s distractor block, approximating the tibia, through a patented patient protective pad approximating the distal femur. The resulting controlled extra-articular distraction force moves the femur away from the tibia, improving visibility into the joint during surgery.

In the traditional use of the De Mayo Knee Positioner®, the boot secures motion of the ankle, leaving two joint locations where movement can produce limb instability. This instability would then affect the navigation system used to determine the robot’s movement during bone resections, the knee, and the hip joints. Initial research at IMP, in collaboration with a valued business partner, has demonstrated that the use of the De Mayo Universal Distractor reduces varus/valgus swing at the knee to better isolate movement at the hip joint. The De Mayo Knee Positioner used in conjunction with the De Mayo Universal Distractor effectively stabilizes the leg to improve the robot’s efficiency during surgery.

[Sponsored] Corporate Profile: Innovative Medical Products (IMP)

Redefining Rigid Patient Positioning in Total Hip Reconstruction

Patient positioning during reconstructive hip surgery was traditionally accomplished using various positioning aids, from bean bags to pegboards to rigid clamping frames using experience as the guide. In 1984, Innovative Medical Products became the gold standard with their original IMP McGuire Hip Positioner, many of which are still in use today. In 2001, IMP improved hip positioner stability by partnering with orthopedic surgeon Ed De Mayo, MD. He invented the De Mayo Hip Positioner® as advanced technology began to support implant placement accuracy in total hip procedures. IMP felt initial scientific data was needed to better understand how rigid positioners behave to stabilize the pelvis and and correctly match the positioner to the surgeon’s procedure objective.

While in the early stages of development, IMP brought its lateral positioner to St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, California, for further research. It concluded that minimizing pelvic rotation, an objective thought to improve implant accuracy during total hip procedures, is directly influenced by the positioning device used during surgery.

IMP’s newest lateral positioner, the Exact-Fit® De Mayo Lateral Positioner®, delivered the best pelvic stability when compared to existing options.

[Sponsored] Corporate Profile: Innovative Medical Products (IMP)

MVP: IMP’s Value Added Commitment Transforms into the Most Valued Partnership

As part of IMP’s shared commitment to its customers, Orthopedic facilities will now be able to gain special access to IMP’s premiere partnership level service and support by using genuine IMP patient protective pads for each procedure.

MVP, otherwise referred to as “Most Valuable Partner,” is a new program that helps facilities maximize their initial investment. Perks like discounted or complimentary upgrades, complimentary service loaners, repair exchanges for out-of-spec hardware, and even on-site service are just a few of the perks that facility administrators will find helps protect the initial investment’s value.

IMP’s patient protective pads have been extensively tested during clinical trials to provide maximum patient protection from pressure sores and ulcers. By consistently using IMP’s premium patient protective pads, like their proprietary gel-infused memory foam pads, orthopedic healthcare providers may reduce liability by assuring that they meet AORN and AAMI standards for using the manufacturer’s recommended pad as defined in the IFU.

Customer Valued Products Remains the IMP Focus

IMP’s vision for success has always been to collaborate with customers to design, manufacture, and distribute unique, innovative products where surgical patient positioning or supporting logistics has been problematic. IMP’s solutions to universal positioning problems come from years of collaboration with busy orthopedic surgeons, market-leading orthopedic companies, and hands-on med/surg support teams. Ideas have been shared for product improvements with perceptive opinions on improving patient positioning in the surgical environment. Having completed ISO 13485 registration successfully in 2021 to expand IMP’s products outside of the US, the company is now supporting surgeries in new global markets and the rapidly growing outpatient facility network in the US.

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