Smith+Nephew launched its FAST-FIX FLEX Meniscal Repair System, the only device to offer a surgeon-guided, bendable needle and shaft providing access to all zones of the meniscus. Improving access leads to a greater opportunity to repair the meniscus rather than remove it, resulting in long-term benefits to the patient.
Building on the 15-year clinical legacy of its FAST-FIX platform, Smith+Nephew's new FAST-FIX FLEX system uses an all-inside approach which may eliminate the need for further incisions, reduce the risk of neurovascular injury, and provide procedural efficiency to support faster operating times. The added ability to bend both the needle and shaft enables surgeons access to the mid-body and anterior zones, inaccessible by previous FAST-FIX devices. These meniscal zones account for more than 40% of tears in stable adult knees or roughly 400,000 procedures, (meniscal repairs and meniscectomies) per year in the US alone.
FAST-FIX FLEX offers a 25% reduction in needle insertion area as well as a repair that is more than 20% stronger than the previous generation FAST-FIX 360 System.