Tornier Pyrocarbon Humeral Head

Advanced bearing hemi arthroplasty

Approved for use in anatomic shoulder hemi arthroplasty with the Tornier Flex Shoulder system.


Key features

  • Pyrocarbon has a modulus of elasticity more similar to bone than traditional orthopedic humeral heads1,2       
  • When compared to cobalt chrome, in vitro (benchtop/mechanical) testing has shown pyrocarbon may have favorable wear characteristics3
  • Pyrocarbon is a material that has been used internationally for orthopedic procedures since the 1980s4, and Stryker successfully completed an IDE (premarket human clinical trial) for shoulder hemi-arthroplasty clearance in the United States

Surgeon Acknowledgement form

  1. M. Ross, C. James, G. Couzens, J. Klawitter, Pyrocarbon small joint arthroplasty of the extremities, Editor(s): P.A. Revell,Joint Replacement Technology (Second Edition), Woodhead Publishing, 2014,Pages 628-673.
  2. Frank Kern, Anke Bernstein, Andreas Killinger, Design of ceramic materials for orthopedic devices, Editor(s): Paola Palmero, Francis Cambier, Eamonn De Barra, Advances in Ceramic Biomaterials, Woodhead Publishing, 2017, Pages 331-353.
  3. Klawitter JJ, Patton J, More R, Peter N, Podnos E, Ross M. In vitro comparison of wear characteristics of PyroCarbon and metal on bone: Shoulder hemiarthroplasty. Shoulder Elbow. 2020 Dec;12(1 Suppl):11-22. doi: 10.1177/1758573218796837. Epub 2018 Sep 11. PMID: 33343712; PMCID: PMC7726179.4.
  4. Hetherington, V, D.P.M. et al, Pyrolitic carbon as a joint replacement in the foot, a preliminary report, The Journal of Foot Surgery, 1982.