The TANDEM Bipolar and Unipolar Hip System is a comprehensive partial hip replacement system. The TANDEM bipolar and unipolar systems restore joint stability by designs that simplify implantation and minimize concerns for wear. With both unipolar and bipolar options, the TANDEM system offers double the simplicity of traditional partial hip systems - with just one easy-to-use set of instruments.
Easy implant assembly. The assembly requires less than 5 lbs of finger pressure. This eliminates the need for bulky assembly tools and creates less frustration with the OR staff.
The preassembled poly component minimises micromotion and backside wear.
The anti-rotation boss located on the top polyethylene locking ring minimises rotation and wear at the periphery of the shell. Increased poly thickness has continued to be a foundation in the reduction of wear properties. TANDEM has a minimum thickness of 5 mm in the majority of sizes.
Range of motion is important in reducing rim impingement in bipolar prostheses. Because ROM is not only dependent upon neck design, TANDEM is designed with a wide liner chamfer. The coupling of the wide chamfer and the Smith & Nephew neck design allows maximum ROM to be achieved.
The disassembly feature allows the surgeon to change femoral head neck lengths if soft tissue tensioning is not adequate. It also allows easy implant removal when revising the prosthesis.
Implants are available in outer diameter sizes 38 mm - 55 mm, 57 mm, 59 mm, 61 mm, 64 mm, 67 mm, 70 mm, 73 mm
The unipolar continues to use two components, a taper sleeve and a CoCr metal head.
Unipolar components come in a full range of sizes, 40-55 mm in 1mm increments and a 57, 59, and 61 mm.
Five neck length options, -3 to +12 are available to adjust the neck length of the unipolar.
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Hemi-arthroplasty or Partial hip replacement. Replacement of the femoral head and neck only.
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What is the pull-out strength of the bipolar?
The TANDEM bipolar has maximum pull-out strength of approximately 400 lbs with a 28 mm femoral head. It meets or exceeds the pullout strength of the Convene bipolar (internal testing).
Is there a concern about micromotion from the top poly ring?
It is well-known that minimizing motion reduces the incidence for polyethylene debris. Unlike 2nd generation bipolars, TANDEM was designed to minimize polyethylene debris. The bottom portion of the liner is thermally fixed into the shell preventing rotation. In addition, the top poly ring is free from rotation due to the anti-rotation boss built into the liner. If the two components are free from rotation, then micromotion is minimized.
Why aren’t the 38 mm and 39 mm trials included the instrument set?
They are not included in the set because the 38 mm and 39 mm are not offered in the unipolar implant. The coordination of sizing among the implants and the trials was important to the simplicity of the instrument design. In addition, these sizes are used in less than 1% of the cases. However, you can order the 38 and 39 mm TANDEM bipolars separately.
Does the TANDEM bipolar have eccentricity?
Yes, the TANDEM bipolar does have positive eccentricity. Eccentricity is the concept of alignment of the femoral head with the joint reaction force of the body. Eccentricity prevents the bipolar from going into a valgus position. The positive eccentricity is varied based on inner and outer diameter dimensions.