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Smith and Nephew adds robotic navigation capability for knee implant

11th July 2014

Smith and Nephew has signed a commercial deal that will bring robotic navigation capabilities to knee procedures that utilise its Journey Uni implant.

The deal with Blue Belt Technologies, the maker of the Navio Orthopaedic Surgical System, will make it possible to fit the Journey Uni partial knee system using Navio robotic surgical navigation.

Navio facilitates precise surgical planning and handheld robotic-controlled bone preparation for partial knee replacement operations, helping surgeons to optimally place the implant and balance the knee in order to deliver consistent results.

This will facilitate future procedures with Journey Uni, an advanced alternative to total knee replacement for patients whose osteoarthritis damage is limited to only one side of their knee.

Scott Elliott, senior vice-president for orthopaedic reconstruction at Smith and Nephew, said: "Thanks to this agreement, surgeons now have a navigation system that helps alleviate that surgical concern, as well as a partial knee that directly addresses implant durability."

This comes after the company completed its takeover of ArthroCare earlier this year, a move that will strengthen its capabilities in the field of sports medicine.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801734898-ADNFCR

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