In The News
The News & Messenger
Summary: Senior Reporter Keith Walker at the News & Messenger interviewed Manassas, Va. residents 11-year-old Destiny McKenzie along with her mother Molly and her physician, Dr. Falasfa Wodajo, Medical Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center, for an article on technological advances used in pediatric bone cancer treatment. Destiny received the REPIPHYSIS® expandable implant as part of her treatment after being diagnosed with bone cancer at age 9. The opinions of Dr. Wodajo are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical Technology, Inc. | more
Summary: This article from October 2009's issue of Good Health, a supplement of the Commercial Appeal, discusses Mr. Michael Neel, orthopaedic surgeon at OrthoMemphis, p.c., and his experience using the REPIPHYSIS® Expandable Implant System and the GUARDIAN® Limb Salvage System. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Neel has been treating children in need of a prophesies with the REPIPHYSIS® system in order to avoid multiple surgeries or amputation. The article further discusses Dr. Neel's experience implanting the GUARDIAN® system, which is the implant used in place of the REPIPHYSIS® system, once a child has reached skeletal maturity for excellent durability and support during their adult years.
Orthopedic Design & Technology
Summary: The March/April issue of Orthopedic Design & Technology features Wright Medical and its REPIPHYSIS® Expandable Implant Technology in this feature story on the pediatric orthopedic market. Wright is positioned as one of the few orthopedic manufacturers serving this untapped market. The piece also pinpoints the advantages of the REPIPHYSIS® Expandable Implant Technology over traditional limb salvage techniques. | more
Real Health Magazine
Summary: This article, in Real Health Magazine, highlights patients who have survived cancer. The article features 14 year-old Bria Brown, who received the REPIPHYSIS® expandable implant manufactured by Wright Medical. Her mother, Carol Brown, explains how thrilled her family was when they learned this technology would save her daughters leg from amputation. | more
Roma Bible Union
Summary: Nadia, an eleven-year-old Romanian girl, had been diagnosed with bone cancer. Her parents were finding it impossible to get surgery for her. Once a surgeon was found, Wright Medical donated their REPIPHYSIS® expandable implant to allow Nadia the surgery she desperately needed. Nadia's surgery was a huge success. Her leg was saved, her cancer is now gone, and she was able to return to her home and her friends to continue her recovery.
Summary: Two competing medical-technology companies came together in the aid of Ainsley Holbura, a nine-year-old California girl. Both were chosen for their leading capability in childhood prosthetics, and were asked to build an adaptor to link their two products. The competitors came through in a big way for Ainsley. Wright Medical's REPIPHYSIS® implant was joined with a compress to allow Ainsley to return to her life as a normal little girl.
Summary: Emily Land and Ashley Garrett grew up just miles from each other in Collierville, TN. Both led athletic lives that were put on hold when the diagnosis of bone cancer threatened to necessitate the amputation of both their left legs. Now thanks to Wright Medical's REPIPHYSIS® implant, they are both doing well, and have returned the active lifestyles that they loved before they were diagnosed. | more
July 1, 2007
Summary: At seven years of age, Owen was diagnosed with bone cancer and was told that he would likely have to have an amputation. His mother, however, recommended an implant. Owen's leg was saved by the REPIPHYSIS® expandable implant, and he is returning home to be the grand marshal in his neighborhood 4th of July parade.
The Ottawa Citizen
June 26, 2007
Summary: Eight-year-old Harley Berube was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Instead of amputation, Harley received a REPIPHYSIS® expandable implant from Wright. Harley's story illustrates how sometimes the more complicated and initially expensive solution can cost the health care system less in the long run. Growing prosthetics have been available for years, but they sometimes required surgically reopening the leg to make adjustments. The new generation of devices has allowed surgeons to move from "invasive expandables" to "noninvasive expandables."
March 25, 2007
Summary: This article covers 10-year-old Meaghan Collins. Meaghan was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that predominantly affects the growth plates of children's leg bones. She was fitted with the Wright REPIPHYSIS® expandable implant which has reduced the need for constant surgeries down to mere hour-long, noninvasive procedures.
November 16, 2006
Summary: This article follows 8-year-old Jamacia "Macy" Harley. Macy, diagnosed with osteosarcoma, is the first South Carolina resident, and the 12th nationwide, to have a total femur replacement. The groundbreaking surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital required Dr. Bryan Moon to remove Macy's cancer-ridden right femur and replace it with a REPIPHYSIS® expandable implant from Wright, thus avoiding the need for amputation.
The Memphis Flyer
September 7, 2006
Summary: This article follows Emily Land, a soccer player who developed osteosarcoma in her left leg. After finally being diagnosed, she was given the option of amputation. Instead she chose chemotherapy and a Wright Medical's GUARDIAN® implant. Emily successfully came out of physical therapy ans is now cancer-free and able to lead an active lifestyle again. Emily is now healthy, and an avid mountain biker. | more
February 24, 2006
Summary: This story details 13-year-old Michael Bean and his battle with a bone tumor. Doctors were able to successfully rid Michael of cancer while saving his leg. Doctor Phil Wodajo is an orthopedic oncologist who specializes in bone tumors. Wodajo said that young patients are especially challenging because after replacing a diseased bone with artificial bones and joints, the child's growth would require several new surgeries to lengthen the bone implant. Now, the bone implant can be lengthened without surgery.
Bonner Springs Chieftain
February 2, 2006
Summary: This article follows six-year-old Katelynn Drydale's battle against osteogenic sarcoma. In March of 2005, Dr. Howard Rosenthal operated on Katelynn to remove the malignant bone mass and all the tissue it touched. In the same surgery, he implanted Wright's REPIPHYSIS® expandable implant. Rosenthal said without this prosthesis, Katelynn would have had to undergo invasive surgery every six months in order to implant successively larger prostheses to keep up with the growth of her other leg.