A SURGICAL instrument maker from Sheffield has created the world’s first shoulder and elbow replacement kit in response to a request from a leading orthopaedic surgeon.
Platts & Nisbett, which is based on Woodfold, just off Rutland Road, teamed up with Sheffield surgeon David Stanley to make it easier for patients that need to have shoulder and elbow implants replaced.
Mr Stanley approached family-run Platts & Nisbett after hearing that the company was able to make instruments to a surgeon’s exact specifications.
The orthopaedic consultant was concerned that were no specific surgical instruments designed for operations to replace shoulder and elbow implants – a procedure known as “revision,” which has become increasingly necessary as people live longer.
He was also concerned that existing instruments were cumbersome and often restricted the surgeon’s vision.
By combining Mr Stanley’s clinical expertise with its manufacturing knowledge, Platts & Nisbett was able to create a range of handmade instruments that includes small chisels and cement splitters with offset handles that improve the surgeon’s view.
The company also made a range of other instruments designed to remove the adhesive attaching the old implant to the bone and prepare the bone, so that the implant can be replaced.
Platts & Nisbett director, Alyson Nisbett, said: “We work closely with surgeons to build longlasting partnerships for the future and were delighted when Mr Stanley contacted us about our ‘made-to- measure’ service.
“Throughout a series of meetings we discussed our ideas with Mr Stanley, who was able to make his own suggestions to tailor the instruments to the needs of the surgeon. By being able to see and feel the prototypes the surgeon could visualise how the instruments would be used, and offer valuable input during the manufacturing stage.”
Mr Stanley said replacing shoulder and elbow implants was demanding and time-consuming and made all the more difficult when the surgeon’s vision was severely restricted by inadequate instruments.
The new instruments would give surgeons operating on shoulders and elbows greater confidence when undertaking difficult revision procedures.