Cost of Allen Medical Yellofins® Stirrups: Prices & Options

Yellofins®

What’s in a name? Allen Medical Yellofins®: 

(Yellofins® is a registered trademark belonging to Allen Medical Systems, Inc.)

Where does the ‘fins’ in Yellofins® come from?

The lateral side of the boot is extended and has padding inside. This is referred to as the “lateral fin”.

The objective of the lateral fin is to protect and cover the head of the fibula and the peroneal nerve.

The boot is designed to minimize pressure on the calf by self-adjusting when moving the stirrup, while the pad fully encapsulates the foot.
Allen Medical Yellofins®

Options for Servicing or Purchasing Allen Medical Yellofins® Stirrups

Basically, there are four options that will dictate the costs associated with servicing or purchasing lithotomy stirrups.

  1. Servicing
  2. Remanufacturing your existing pair
  3. Buy remanufactured
  4. Buy new

 


 

Servicing Stirrups

If you already own a pair of, you can always service them anytime something is not working exactly as it should be.

While cheaper in the moment, depending on the age and condition of your stirrups, this may be a temporary fix solution.

If your lithotomy stirrups are older, they may continue to break down in the future, possibly at a very inconvenient time.

Remanufacture Your Existing Stirrups

The cheapest option of permanently fixing any issues with your Allen Medical Yellofins® stirrups is remanufacturing them.

Typically a process that takes around two to three weeks, remanufacturing gives you the stirrups back in as-new condition, using OEM parts.

Buy Remanufactured Lithotomy Stirrups

Maybe you don’t have any stirrups, and you’re looking to get a pair, or you want to add to your existing stock.

This doesn’t mean that you have to buy brand new. There are other options, such as buying a remanufactured pair.


Buyer Alert: Remember that there is a very significant difference between remanufacturing and refurbishing.

Remanufacturing is where worn and damaged parts are completely replaced, while refurbishing is mostly cosmetic.


Buy New Lithotomy Stirrups

The last and most expensive option is to buy brand new stirrups.

Buying new eliminates the need to spend money on perpetually sending the stirrups for servicing, but is also about 3 times the price of remanufacturing and up to 2 times the price of buying remanufactured.

*Note: there may be a discount to be had for volume purchases.

The Importance of Stirrups Weight Classes

Apart from the brand name, the one determining price factor is the maximum weight allowance.

With Allen Medical Yellofins® stirrups, there are three classes:

  • Allen Medical Yellofins® without Allen Medical Lift-Assist® have a weight capacity of 350 lbs/159 kg
  • Allen Medical Yellofins® with Allen Medical Lift-Assist®  have a weight capacity of 350 lbs/159 kg
  • Allen Medical Yellofins® Elite have a weight capacity of 500 lbs/227 kg

The assisted lifting feature is the only differentiator for the ‘standard’ Allen Medical Yellofins® stirrups.


Important Tip: When talking about maximum weights for stirrups, keep in mind that the max weight is the weight of the patient, not what the stirrup can hold.

For example, stirrups with 350 lbs max weight might only be able to hold 60 lbs.


Yellofins® Stirrups

With or Without Allen Medical Lift-Assist®

If assisted lifting is not an important feature for you, and your patient weights are 350 lbs or less, the manual Allen Medical Yellofins® would be your best fit.

However, if you want the ‘very nice feature to have’, Lift-Assist®, then your only two options are: Allen Medical Yellofins® with Lift-Assist®, or the Yellofins® Elite with Lift-Assist®.

One other factor that may determine your final choice is range of Lithotomy. With Lift-Assist®, the lithotomy range is +84° to –33°, while without it is +90° to –35°.

Loaner Stirrups for Remanufacturing

Should you decide to remanufacture your stirrups, check to see if loaner stirrups are available.

The alternative is to make sure you have a free caseload for two to three weeks. The last thing you or your patients want is to reschedule because you don’t have the proper equipment.

The potential extra cost for a loaner pair may pale in comparison to the cost of rescheduling an operation.

Warranty Goes a Long Way

Yellofins® Stirrups accessories

Most manufacturers will give you a one-year warranty on new products.

Most will make it all inclusive, with parts and labour. But you may get some that exclude specific parts. It’s always good practice to know the warranty you’re getting.

With buying a remanufactured pair of stirrups, or remanufacturing your own, this is especially important.

The majority of companies that remanufacture stirrups will give you a one-year parts and labour warranty or less.

However, a select few back up their product with a two-year parts and labour warranty.

You may be able to get extended warranty. Make sure to at least ask and get a price.

Although this will affect the initial cost of Allen Medical Yellofins® Stirrups, it may be worth it down the road.

What’s Typically Included, What’s Required; And What’s Optional?

Included:

  • 1 Pair of Yellofins® Elite Stirrups

Required:

  • 1 Pair Yellofins® Reusable Pad Set
  • 2 Easy Lock® Blade Clamp

Optional:

  • Case of 10 Pairs of Safety Drapes
  • Stirrup Cart
  • Drain Bag and Hoop System

Finally, the Cost of Allen Medical Yellofins® Stirrups

The cost of buying new stirrups can depend on several of the factors we laid out for you in this article.

Expect to pay anywhere from $10,000 to $16,000, depending on the model.

For example, you are probably not going to get a pair of Allen Medical Yellofins® Elite Stirrups  for $11,000. That would be more accurate for the Allen Medical Yellofins® Stirrups without Lift-Assist®.

The good news is that for a remanufactured pair, the cost will be around $7,000 to $8,000.

If you find it any cheaper than that, there may be two possible explanations.

  1. They are refurbished, not remanufactured.
  2. The warranty is for one year, with or without parts and labour, as opposed to a two year parts and labour warranty.

The great news is that remanufacturing your existing pair of stirrups will cost about $4,000. This process will return your stirrups in as-new condition.

Other Stirrups to Consider

There are several other manufacturers of stirrups that you could consider, but keep in mind that Allen Medical Yellofins® Stirrups are one of the highest regarded in lithotomy positioning (*UPDATE: Kyra Stirrups meet or exceed Yellofins® in every category).

  • Kyra Comfort Stirrups
  • Skytron FLEX FIN 600
  • Steris Power-lift Stirrups
  • David Scott Company Assisted Lift Lithotomy Stirrups
  • Maquet Leg Holder with Pneumatic Support
  • Stryker Premium Leg Stirrups with Assisted Lift

Flex Finn StirrupsSteris Power-Lift StirrupsDavid Scott Stirrups

What Can Meditek Offer?

All of us here at Meditek make it our business to know as much as we can about healthcare equipment.

We implore you to use us as your healthcare equipment resource and contact us with any questions you may have about Operating Room related equipment.

Are you interested in buying Meditek remanufactured Allen Medical Yellofins® or remanufacturing your existing pair?

Meditek has put hundreds of pairs through our certified ReNew program.

Not only do we return your stirrups in as-new condition, but we also back up our quality of work with a two-year parts and labour warranty.

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Yellofins® is a registered trademark of Allen Medical Systems, Inc.

* Lift-Assist® is a registered trademark of Allen Medical Systems, Inc.

5 Comments on “Cost of Allen Medical Yellofins® Stirrups: Prices & Options”

  1. Robert (Bob) Dunlap

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    I am interested in pricing for new and remanufactured stirrups. Using the Allen Medical Yellofin stirrups as an example, I would only need the model without lift assist, patient weight 350lbs. or less..

    Price is a significant factor for our consideration. We are a small charitable hospital located in southern Cambodia. Please visit our website for a quick look.

    Also note that our hospital is managed by HOPE Worldwide, headquartered in San Diego, CA. Products can be sent to HOPE headquarters for delivery to Cambodia if international shipping is not available .

    Kind Regards,

    Bob

    1. Brad Samuels

      Hello Bob,
      Thanks so much for stopping by our website and for reaching out to us.
      You are doing an amazing work! Incredible the important services you are offering to help the Cambodian people receive quality health care.
      To that end, we do have several good used ‘boot style’ similar to Yellofins® stirrups from trade-ins.
      Would it be okay if we donated them to you at the Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital?
      If so, please comment back, and then I will email you pictures, info and we’ll get a shipping plan together.
      HOPE in San Diego would be ideal for us to ship to. Interestingly, we also donate products to a local charity here in Winnipeg, International HOPE Canada: http://www.internationalhope.ca/ and they go to Haiti/Uganda/etc.
      Sincerely,
      Brad Samuels | Meditek | Marketing | 1.800.567.8400

  2. Robert (Bob) Dunlap

    Warm Greetings from Cambodia Brad:

    And yes, it’s quite warm this time of year indeed! I’m very glad that you sent me the reminder via my Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital (SKMH) email. I would not have known to look for your response.

    OK to donate…most certainly and without hesitation! Please, send the pictures and info via my SKMH email. I did check the International Hope Canada webpage. They are not affiliated with HOPE Worldwide (hopeww.org). HOPE worldwide manages our hospital here in Kampot and the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE in Phnom Penh. They also have very long arms with outreach to other hospitals and clinics worldwide.

    Great to hear from you Brad!

    Bob

  3. Carl Davies

    Hello Meditek,

    May I ask if you are able to quote for the following Allen Medical parts numbers in Brand New Condition?

    1. Yellofins Elite Stirrups with Lift-Assist (1 Pair), Cat# O-YFES, ALLEN MEDICAL (HILL ROM)- Qty: 1 Pair

    2. Yellofin Reusable boot pad yellow Fin (1 pair), Cat# O-AMA68S0.6S, ALLEN MEDICAL (HILL ROM)- Qty: 1 Pair

    3. Easy lock blade clamp for EURO RAIL EU Model, Cat# A-40041, ALLEN MEDICAL (HILL ROM)- Qty: 2

    4. Stirrup, Cat# A-30015, ALLEN MEDICAL (HILL ROM)- Qty: 1

    Thank you very much, I look forward to your reply and offer.

    Best regards,

    Carl Davies

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