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Central guide perforation that fits the stem of a KURZ Total Prosthesis


  • Material: Sterilizable instrument quality stainless steel
  • Robust design for frequent use
  • Cartilage Punch in Instrument Tray
Stabilizing cartilage shoe centeres prosthesis position on the footplate

Cartilage slice with total prosthesis in-situ

Image courtesy of K.B. Hüttenbrink, Cologne, Germany

Product Information


 With the aid of a stabilizing shoe made of cartilage a total prosthesis can be positioned centrally and retained on the stapes footplate. In this way the surgeon counteracts a potential postoperative dislocation. 


KURZ developed the Cartilage Punch in an effort to reproduce a more consistent option for stabilizing of total prostheses. The instrument enables the surgeon to make small oval cartilage slices intraoperatively, swiftly, and in a single step. The center perforation is intended for KURZ Total Prostheses with a circular hollow stem.



  • Easy, fast production of an oval cartilage slice for optimal stabilization of KURZ® AERIAL total prostheses on the stapes footplate
  • Additional stability and optimized fit

Ordering Information

Ordering Information - Cartilage Punch
Cartilage Punch incl. Instrument Tray 8000 200

Material: Sterilizable instrument quality stainless steel 


Ordering Information - Replacement Parts
Instrument Tray incl. Inlay 8000 176
Spring 8000 198
Plastic Base POM (black) 8000 207

Material: Sterilizable instrument quality stainless steel 


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These pages do not replace nor do they set forth the complete contents of the “Instructions for Use” for the products shown here, and are not substitute for reviewing and understanding that important information. Therefore, before using any products included here, please review the entire contents of the respective “Instructions for Use” information.
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Long-term Follow-up Study of the Sandwich Cartilage Shoe
Technique in Cases of Insecure Stapes Footplate

Lüers J. C., Schwarz D., Anagiotos A., Gostian A-O., Beutner
D., Hüttenbrink K.-B.

Published: Otol Neurotol 37:e197–e202, 2016.


Footplate Reconstruction: Preliminary Results

Rusiecka M., Bernal-Sprekelsen M.

Published: Otol Neurotol 2014 Dec;35(10):1797-800


The Sandwich Cartilage Shoe Technique for Ossicular
Reconstruction in a Case of an Unsecure Stapes Footplate

Bremke M., Huettenbrink K.-B., Beutner D.

Published: Laryngoscope, 2011 Sep;121(9):1950-2.


Cartilage ‘shoe’: a new technique for stabilisation
of titanium total ossicular replacement prosthesis at centre
of stapes footplate

Beutner D., Luers J. C., Hüttenbrink K.-B.

Published: J Laryngol Otol. 2008 Jul; 122(7):682-6.