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Hughston Clinic's Champ L. Baker, Jr., Performs ACL Reconstructive Surgery Using Breakthrough Device
Hughston Clinic's Champ L. Baker, Jr., Performs ACL Reconstructive Surgery Using Breakthrough Device

Posted 08:50 AM ET

COLUMBUS, Ga., Feb 08, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hughston Clinic orthopaedic surgeon, Champ L. Baker Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., has performed a successful knee ligament reconstruction procedure using a breakthrough medical device, EXOSHAPE(TM) CL, created by MedShape Solutions, Inc. EXOSHAPE is a two-part, biocompatible PEEK Altera(TM) interference fixation device that simplifies and improves soft tissue graft fixation during anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructive surgery.

Performing the procedure at Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, Dr. Baker, Jr., was the first surgeon to complete the clinical use of the EXOSHAPE in a human. Performing knee ligament reconstructive surgery using this device allows the surgeon unparalleled accuracy in fixating the soft tissue graft to ensure the most anatomic and stable reconstruction for the patient. PEEK Altera is biocompatible, meaning the body accepts the material without initiating any kind of inflammatory response.

"Dr. Baker expressed a keen interest in our technology and matched the profile of surgeon that we wanted to engage," stated Rick Leach, MedShape Solutions Vice President of Marketing. "He's a very eminent surgeon, well respected within the sports medicine specialty and he is working within a prestigious organization at the Hughston Clinic. It was a simple decision for us to work with Dr. Baker."

About Hughston Clinic Founded in 1949 by the "father of sports medicine," Jack C. Hughston, M.D., Hughston Clinic is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in orthopaedics and sports medicine. Based in Columbus, Georgia, Hughston Clinic is a multi-specialty orthopaedic facility with sub-specialties in total joint replacement, sports medicine, and surgery of the foot and ankle, hand and upper extremity, hip, knee, shoulder and spine, traumatology and arthroscopic surgery. Hughston Clinic has nine locations in Georgia and Alabama, and 21 highly trained and skilled orthopaedic surgeons. Surgery is performed at Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, a private, physician-owned acute care hospital. The Hughston Foundation, located at the main campus in Columbus, is a state-of-the-art and non-profit institution for research, training and education. For more information, please visit

About Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, an acute care hospital featuring 70 private patient rooms, six operating suites, world-class physicians, cutting-edge medical technology and a friendly, specialized staff, provides orthopaedic and general surgery to its patients. Open since 2006, Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital is licensed by the Alabama State Board of Health and has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval(TM) as a fully accredited hospital recognized for the highest standards of quality and safety in the delivery of healthcare. Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital is rated Best in Region 2011 for orthopaedic patient outcomes for the Columbus, GA-AL area and received the 2010/2011 Outstanding Patient Experience Award(TM) for its top five percent ranking in patient satisfaction scores out of 3,775 hospitals nationwide by HealthGrades. For more information, please visit

SOURCE: Hughston Clinic

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