U.K.-based global medical device company
Smith & Nephew plc
) has recently signed a new commercial contract with Blue Belt
Technologies (BBT), a robotics-assisted surgical technology
company. As a result of this agreement, surgeons can now use BBT's
Navio Orthopaedic Surgical Systems to implant Smith & Nephew's
JOURNEY UNI partial knee.
Navio Surgical System
The Navio Surgical System is the next generation of orthopaedic
robotic surgical navigation system that incorporates a patented
technology. This technology offers surgeons precise robotic control
through an intelligent, handheld, computer-assisted bone-cutting
tool. The Navio system provides a safer and more accurate procedure
to surgeons while performing orthopaedic surgeries through
minimally invasive incisions.
The system provides robotics-assistance through proprietary
CT-free navigation software and a unique hand-held
computer-controlled bone shaping tool for partial knee
replacements. Since its launch in Jan 2013 in the U.S., more than
450 Navio assisted partial knee replacement procedures have been
JOURNEY UNI implant
Smith & Nephew's JOURNEY Unicompartmental (UNI) partial
implant provides an advanced alternative to total knee replacement
for patients who have a portion of their knees damaged due to
osteoarthritis. Compared to traditional knee replacements, this
partial knee allows patients to recover to a more normal and active
lifestyle by keeping all the 4 major knee ligaments.
Moreover, this implant is made up of Smith & Nephew's
proprietary OXINIUM alloy that combines the strength of metal with
the wear-resistance functionality of ceramics. As a result, the
rate of implant wear, a leading cause behind revision surgery, is
less for those who are implanted with JOURNEY UNI.
According to reliable resources, healthcare economic studies
show that partial knee replacement results in reduced costs for
both patients and healthcare facilities, through decreased implant
and procedure costs with less recovery time.
Mutually Beneficial Agreement
Both the companies are enthusiastic about the agreement and
expect to gain more market share through the collaboration. It is
also expected that the combination of JOURNEY UNI implant with
Navio's robotic precision will simplify as well as enhance the
partial knee replacement procedure.
A major complication of partial knee replacement surgery is the
alignment and balance of the partial knee. Taking advantage of the
Navio system, surgeons will now be able to reduce this problem.
The Navio system's advanced and interoperative operation will
guide surgeons while placing the implant and balancing the knee to
deliver consistent results. Moreover, these two technologies will
reduce overall healthcare costs as it does not require the
additional time and expense of preoperative CT images and is far
Currently, Smith & Nephew holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some
better-ranked medical product stocks that warrant a look include
OraSure Technologies, Inc.
Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
). While OraSure sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy),
Cardiovascular Systems and Hospira hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy)
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