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JRI Orthopaedics celebrates gold standard rating for shoulder replacement system

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The JRI Orthopaedics pioneering shoulder replacement system has been awarded a top five-year rating by ODEP – the Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel – in recognition of its clinical performance.

Multi-award winning, JRI now joins an elite group of just six companies who have an uncemented reverse shoulder with an ODEP rating of 5A or higher.

 VAIOS was designed in collaboration with Nottingham City Hospital and The School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering at Newcastle University, famously known for the ‘Newcastle Shoulder Model’ (NSM). After its launch it won best new mechanical product at the British Engineering Excellence Awards.

The modular system is intended to address key challenges in shoulder replacement surgery to help improve success rates and made the job of the surgical team easier by reducing the number of component parts and instruments.

Product Manager, Adam Driver said: “Where VAIOS is different is that it was designed from its conception as a platform system meaning there has been no compromise.

“I think VAIOS demonstrates the best of British design, engineering and manufacturing and shows what can be achieved by a company working with leading academic and clinical partners to deliver effective solutions to improve outcomes for patients requiring shoulder replacement surgery.

“We are very proud to report that, to date, not a single VAIOS uncemented reverse has had to be revised for implant loosening or dislocation – the cause of just over half of shoulder revisions.”

JRI Orthopaedics is part of the AK Medical Group, one of the world’s largest 3D-printed orthopaedic implant manufacturers, and last year introduced a 3D pre-operative planning tool (Lexi, ZedHip 3D) for its full VAIOS platform. This allows surgeons to plan complex procedures by positioning implants and performing a range of motion tests.

The Sheffield-based company is also planning to introduce an innovative ‘short stem’ to VAIOS. Adam added: “We are a solutions-based company. We know it is important to reproduce the proximal humeral anatomy when performing a prosthetic shoulder replacement.

“This can be difficult with a long-stemmed prosthesis so we are designing a ′short stem′ aimed at overcoming this problem.”

ODEP independently assess whether total hip, knee and shoulder replacement products have reached quality performance benchmarks in accordance with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines awarding ratings for clinical evidence at three, five, ten and 13 years.

JRI Orthopaedics has world-class expertise in the design, development and manufacture of a portfolio of orthopaedic implants and systems which aim to deliver the best solutions in joint reconstruction, repair and regeneration.
It was the first company in the world to produce a hip implant with a Hydroxyapatite (HAC) coating enabling a biological bond with the patient’s bone and so the prospect of a hip for life.

Latest ODEP ratings can be found at
Further information on JRI Orthopaedics and VAIOS can be found at


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