Parsippany, NJ, May 31, 2024 – Extremity Medical, a global medical device company with expertise in innovative products for upper and lower extremities, announced the full market release of the Advanced Joint Preparation Instruments, intended to provide fast and efficient joint preparation for arthrodesis in the foot and ankle.

Cartilage removal and joint preparation can be a time-consuming OR process, yet essential for the arthrodesis process. Obtaining congruent surfaces while minimizing the amount of bone removal has been a challenge in joint preparation, and Extremity Medical is proud to release a technology that helps surgeons overcome this obstacle.

The innovative Advanced Joint Preparation Instruments include seven styles of The Cartilaginator™, a novel joint preparation technology designed to precisely prepare the indicated joint quickly and efficiently. They are engineered to control the depth of joint preparation and minimize bone removal, as well as decrease surgical time compared to traditional joint preparation tools. The styles are anatomically contoured to match the joints, facilitating congruency of the distal and proximal joint surfaces.

A select group of users evaluated the Cartilaginator designs and provided unanimously positive feedback. Dr. David Thordarson of Los Angeles commented “The Cartilaginators have greatly facilitated joint preparation in foot fusion surgery. In particular, the matching convex/concave Cartilaginators for talonavicular fusions has cut the joint preparation time down by more than half for me.” Timesaving in the OR is beneficial to the surgeon, facility, and most importantly the patient.

Dr. Jay Badell from the Florida Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center added “As a surgeon who has been using power instrumentation for joint prep for multiple years now, I can confidently say that the Cartilaginator has increased my efficiency in the operating room and is predictable and reproducible. The joint-specific options that are available make it even easier to retain anatomic bony surfaces for fusion and decreases the soft tissue footprint.”

Matt Lyons, CEO of Extremity Medical, stated “The development of the Cartilaginator fulfills a long unmet need in the OR.   Busy surgeons have been looking for a way to decrease the time they spend on joint prep, but most importantly, to optimize the surface congruency to help improve the fusion process. This is what Extremity Medical excels at—bringing innovative technology to improve the surgical process.”

Advanced Joint Preparation Instruments are available for use now in a non-sterile caddy and will be offered sterile packed later this summer. For more information, please visit or email


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About Extremity Medical
Extremity Medical, LLC, was founded in 2008, and is a privately held medical device company based in Parsippany, NJ. The company is known for creating innovative implants and instruments for upper and lower-extremity orthopedic procedures, including fixation, fusion, and motion preservation. Extremity Medical is focused on developing solutions for challenging cases that promote better outcomes, especially in patients with poor bone quality.