OrthAlign announced the first cases using the LANTERN™ Surgical Assistant, a compact, inertial navigation system that builds upon the company's flagship technology. The size of a smartphone, the system uses micro-electromechanical sensors such as gyroscopes and accelerometers to register patient anatomy and live-navigate instrumentation for precise implant placement.
LANTERN currently supports total and unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, with developing applications for total hip replacement and intraoperative assessment tools such as soft tissue balancing.
In contrast to other KneeAlign and OrthAlign Plus navigation and robotic systems, LANTERN requires no upfront cost or pre-operative imaging and reduces trays with a single, disposable unit. A cost-effective, portable and open-implant design make it suitable for outpatient and inpatient settings. LANTERN also provides enhanced data collection capabilities and network connectivity.
"The future of orthopedic surgery is smaller and simpler," said Eric Timko, Chairman and CEO of OrthAlign. "Emerging from a pandemic with our next generation technology that delivers strong clinical results, does not decrease the efficiency of surgeons, and is cost-effective to use in both hospitals and surgery centers, is a milestone that we are very excited to accomplish. While robotics has a place in some operating rooms, the LANTERN will have a place in all operating rooms, powering our global growth for many years to come."