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Exactech (Gainesville, Florida), a maker of bone and joint restoration products for hip, knee, shoulder, spine and biologic materials, reported the full market release of the Novation Crown Cup Acetabular System, the latest component of the Novation Comprehensive Hip System.

The new system adds a titanium plasma-spray acetabular shell to Exactech's hip offerings for total joint replacement. The system features Connexion GXL, which is designed to minimize wear debris generation over standard polyethylene, while the titanium plasma spray enhances fixation for excellent initial and long-term stability.

The company said the Novation Crown Cup system will be the platform for future acetabular growth, including different bearing options and fixation surfaces. It said it plans to launch a porous titanium version of the Crown Cup in 2009 for primary and revision acetabular total hip.

Exactech also has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market the Novation Element, which represents another femoral stem philosophy in the Novation Comprehensive Hip system. The geometry of this tapered wedge stem facilitates insertion in low-profile incisions and surgical approaches, including specialized instrumentation designed for the anterior approach.