Stryker Launches PROstep™ MICA® SOLO Guide to Simplify Minimally Invasive Bunion Procedures

Friday, February 25, 2022

Stryker, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, will debut the new PROstep™ MICA® SOLO Guide at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ACFAS) 2022 meeting and will host a live event on March 2 at 7 p.m. EST. The all-in-one procedure guide is used during PROstep MICA minimally invasive bunion procedures and is designed for use by a solo surgeon, potentially eliminating the need for additional surgical assistance during the operation.

Traditionally, surgeons conducting MIS bunion procedures use a “freehand” technique, requiring both of the surgeon’s hands to perform different tasks simultaneously, with a sizeable learning curve. The PROstep MICA SOLO is an all-in-one guide that acts as a third hand for the surgeon, providing automatic targeting of the screw, stabilization of the head fragment and a controlled, adjustable shift. The intuitive guide streamlines the procedure, allowing for reproducibility while minimizing the need for a surgical assistant.

In addition to the unique surgeon advantages, the PROstep MICA offers patients the following benefits when compared to traditional open bunion surgery:

  • Faster return to function
  • Less pain
  • Smaller scars
  • Overall increased patient satisfaction
  • Less need for opioids post-op

“I am delighted that we now have a precision tool for this technique right where the surgeon needs it,” said David Redfern, FRCS, foot and ankle surgeon at Cleveland Clinic London Hospital. “The PROstep MICA SOLO Guide is like having an expert assistant at hand to make the necessary surgical steps in this procedure much easier.”

“At Stryker, we’re constantly working with our customers to understand their challenges and develop solutions to address unmet needs,” said Michael Rankin, Vice President of Marketing and Medical Education of Stryker’s Foot & Ankle business. “The PROstep MICA SOLO Guide reflects Stryker’s ongoing commitment to technological innovation, and we see it playing an integral role in the future of minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery.”

The PROstep MICA SOLO Guide will be showcased at an industry sponsored “Stryker Experience” event on Feb. 24 at ACFAS and will be featured at Stryker’s exhibit booth (614). On March 2, a live surgeon panel discussion and cadaveric presentation of the new all-in-one procedure guide will be hosted virtually by the creator of the MICA procedure, David Redfern FRCS (Tr&Orth).

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