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Orthopaedic Product Launches from Top 4 Device Companies at Close of 2Q17

The top four orthopaedic device manufacturers—DePuy Synthes, Zimmer Biomet, Stryker and Smith & Nephew—ended the last week of the quarter with product launches. 

DePuy Synthes announced the acquisition and launch of new technologies expected to deepen its spine portfolio. Leadership has recently cited gaps in the company’s product portfolio as a reason for two years of spine revenue decreases. DePuy Synthes acquired Sentio and its smart sensor nerve localization technology used in minimally invasive spine surgery. The platform addresses two demands often stated by hospital customers today: create operating room efficiencies and make procedures adaptable to the outpatient setting. Additionally, DePuy Synthes launched two fenestrated screw systems to provide spinal column integrity for patients with advanced stage spinal tumors.

Smith & Nephew launched a total knee application (TKA) for its NAVIO handheld robotic-assisted technology. The announcement was imminent, as Smith & Nephew had received FDA 510(k) clearance for the application in 2Q16 and said that the technology’s first surgical use occurred in 1Q17. The TKA launch broadens Smith & Nephew’s NAVIO portfolio and creates competition for Stryker’s Mako total knee application.

Stryker and Zimmer Biomet both launched solutions that utilize X-ray imaging for preoperative planning. Stryker’s Hoffmann LFX Hexapod was introduced by its foot and ankle division for pre-and post-operative planning for deformity correction and limb reconstruction. Zimmer Biomet further introduced its X-PSI Knee System to generate three-dimensional anatomical models in preparation for TKA procedures. Zimmer Biomet leadership noted that preoperative planning tools have been limited to MRI or CT imaging, through X-ray is a more common use of imaging. 

ORTHOWORLD covered 19 product launches in June. A full list can be found here.

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