KYON Veterinary Surgical Products was incorporated in 1999, in Zurich, Switzerland, to provide the veterinary orthopedic community with innovative products for joint surgery in dogs. KYON (kyon- Greek for dog) invents new techniques, designs implants and instruments, clinically tests all procedures and materials, utilizes cutting edge manufacturing technology to produce the highest quality products, educates the veterinary community, and distributes world wide.
Following six years of clinical development by Slobodan Tepic, Dr.Sci., Dipl.Ing., of the AO Research Institute, Davos, and Prof. Pierre M. Montavon, Head of Small Animal Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zurich, KYON began the controlled clinical release of the Zurich Cementless Total Hip Replacement (THR). Zurich Cementless THR was launched to the veterinary community in 2002. The Zurich Cementless THR established a third technique for performing total hip replacement that addressed and eliminated some of the chronic problems with conventional cemented THR and press-fit cementless THR. The Zurich Cementless stem is fixed to the medial side of the femur with screws to allow for secure fixation while eliminating the shear stresses that often cause aseptic loosening. Since launch, the Zurich Cementless THR has been used in aprox. 9,000 cases by over 150 veterinary orthopedic surgeons.
In early 2004, after three years of development, KYON began the controlled clinical release of Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA). This new technique was a major innovation in the treatment of canine cruciate disease. TTA was launched to the veterinary community by the end of 2004 and it became one of the fastest growing procedures in veterinary orthopedics. TTA was developed to alleviate cranial cruciate deficiency in dogs by neutralization of the cranial tibial thrust without compromising joint congruency. This technique was a major departure from current practice, which includes using sutures to hold the femur in place relative to the tibia, or cutting the head of the tibia to rotate the tibial plateau. By the end of 2009, KYON’s TTA implants have been used in over 50,000 cases by more than 700 surgeons worldwide.
In 2007, KYON launched its third product line; the Advanced Locking Plate System (ALPS). Highly advanced manufacturing technologies used by KYON suppliers to produce the implants and instruments of the ALPS have given us an opportunity to provide veterinary surgeons with the most advanced, yet affordable plating system. Increased resistance to infection and faster, more consistent healing are all but certain benefits to come from clinical applications. Versatility of the plates with bending in both planes, as well as their geometry optimized for strength and soft tissue cover, are also considered worthwhile improvements over state of the art in internal fracture fixation.
Stifle, hip and fracture repair systems have made major advances in recent decades, but surgeons and their patients are still troubled by difficult cases, adverse events, and less than ideal outcomes. KYON is committed to providing the veterinary orthopedic community with the best possible implants and instruments.
KYON continues to develop new techniques and products to further advance the field of veterinary orthopedic surgery.