Episurf – individually customised resurfacing implants intended for the knee condyle or trochlea for the treatment of localised cartilage defects.
Your Guide To Episurf
Your Guide To Knee Resurfacing
What Is Episurf?
The Episealer® Femoral Condyle and Knee Trochlea are individually customised resurfacing implants intended for the knee condyle or trochlea for the treatment of localised cartilage defects. This treatment is for patients suffering from pain and reduced mobility due to cartilage damage in the knee and is designed to eliminate pain and to enable recovery of the mobility of the joint.
For Whom – a typical patient
This is an effective treatment for patients between the ages of 35 and 65 who have been diagnosed with a focal cartilage lesion on the femoral condyle or trochlea. These categories of patients are often too old to effectively undergo biological treatments like micro-fracturing, yet are too young and active to undergo knee replacement surgery. Therefore the Episealer® Femoral Condyle and Knee Trochlea implants for this group of underserved patients allow treatment of early-stage focal cartilage damage by replacing the damaged area only. The ultimate goal is to save patients from years of pain by restoring the joint function, yet at the same time maintaining the possibility for future treatment options.
The Episealer® Femoral Condyle and Knee Trochlea implants are designed to offer an alternative for patients who might have endured years of pain and loss of knee joint function while waiting to reach the appropriate age for joint replacement surgery.
Individually customised implants and surgical tools – enabling high precision and predictable surgery for optimal positioning of the implant.
Episurf provides a patient-specific system where the implant and surgical tools are individually customised to the joint anatomy as well as to the size and position of the lesion. This allows for the controlled removal of pathological tissue with the maximum amount of healthy tissue being preserved, keeping options for future surgical choices open. The Episealer® implant is customised to each patient’s injury and joint anatomy, recreating a smooth, continuous weight-bearing surface.
A patient-specific approach
The patient-specific designs of the Episurf implants and surgical guides are based upon MRI imaging. By processing the MRI data, a 3D model of the damaged joint is recreated. The lesion is identified and the implant and surgical guide are designed to enable the replacement of the damaged area with a perfectly fitting implant.
The use of individually customised tools increases the precision of the surgical procedure enabling an optimal positioning of the implant.