Bacterin Announces Clinical Results on the Use of OsteoSponge(R) SC Allograft Published in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery

BELGRADE, Mont., Aug. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bacterin International Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BONE), a leader in the development of bone graft materials and bioactive coatings for medical applications, announced today that The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery has published a study on the “Role of Demineralized Allograft Subchondral Bone in the Treatment of Shoulder Lesions of the Talus: Clinical Results with Two-Year Follow-up.” This study followed the use of OsteoSponge® SC in the treatment of medial shoulder lesions of the talus, with positive clinical outcomes at 2 years post-op. The talus has two ‘shoulders’ which are the outer edges of the talus, a bone in the ankle joint commonly injured as a result of an ankle sprain.

The OsteoSponge® SC procedure has the potential to address defects associated with subchondral bone pathology, which includes failed microfracture procedures and other treatment modalities. The total estimated US market for knee and ankle microfractures in 2014 is approximately 410,000 procedures. Bacterin is the only company in this market with a product specifically positioned to address repair of the subchondral bone in treating these defects, and has demonstrated clinical evidence to support the unique approach.

“The application of OsteoSponge® SC for regeneration of subchondral bone in the talus represents yet another proven clinical use of this revolutionary bone graft material,” said Gregory Juda, Chief Scientific Officer for Bacterin. “The simplicity and cost effectiveness of this procedure relative to other available treatment options has the potential to change the way surgeons approach the repair of talar shoulder lesions.”

The article details the successful clinical outcomes of OsteoSponge® SC to treat medial shoulder lesions of the talus. The study evaluated a retrospective review of 12 adults who had previously failed microfracture, presented with defects of the talus, and underwent a malleolar osteotomy with the use of OsteoSponge® SC allograft. The results demonstrated statistically significant improvements in pain and disability observed postoperatively within the patient series at 24 months. The one-year post-operative results of this study were published earlier this year  in the journal Foot & Ankle Specialist, titled “The Role of Demineralized Allograft Subchondral Bone in the Treatement of Talar Cystic OCD Lesions That Have Failed Microfracture.” OsteoSponge® SC is approved as a bone void filler to treat bony defects in the subchondral region of articulating joints.

The full article is available electronically ahead of print and may be accessed at The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery website.

About Bacterin International Holdings

Bacterin International Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BONE) develops, manufactures and markets biologics products to domestic and international markets. These products are used in a variety of applications including enhancing fusion in spine surgery, relief of back pain, promotion of bone growth in foot and ankle surgery, promotion of cranial healing following neurosurgery and subchondral repair in knee and other joint surgeries.

Bacterin’s Medical Device division develops, employs, and licenses coatings for various medical device applications. For further information, please visit

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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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