Wright Medical Group Inc. releases BrainLAB surgical navigation software for the ADVANCE Knee System

Arlington 23 February 2005Wright Medical Group Inc., a global orthopaedic medical device company, and BrainLAB, a worldwide innovator in image-guided medical technology, have released BrainLAB's software for Wright's ADVANCE Knee System on the VectorVision surgical navigation platform.

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BrainLAB's CT-free knee application will allow surgeons to implant the ADVANCE Medial Pivot Cruciate-Sacrificing, Double-High Cruciate-Preserving, and Posterior Stabilized knees. By fully adapting the software to the clinical work flow, this integration will allow surgeons to use navigation effectively for all relevant steps of the procedure. Additionally, surgeons can use BrainLAB's VectorVision with Wright's ADVANCE knees in both traditional and minimally invasive approaches to total knee arthroplasty.

BrainLAB's VectorVision navigation system helps surgeons optimize total joint replacement surgery through exact positioning of the implant and precise alignment of the leg axis - both key elements for achieving good and long-lasting results in total knee replacements. By precisely guiding mechanical surgical instruments to a pre-planned target position, VectorVision knee software helps avoid deviations of the leg's axis following placement of the prosthesis, which is expected to increase the lifespan of an implant. By providing comprehensive surgical information, VectorVision supports surgeons in making informed decisions, thus enabling safer surgery, reproducible results and improved clinical outcomes.

"BrainLAB's commitment to state-of-the-art open platform orthopaedic navigation is a perfect fit with Wright's leadership in medial pivot natural knee kinematics", stated Steve White, Vice President of Wright's OrthoRecon development group. "With the release of the ADVANCE Knee software, surgeons and hospitals will have more knee implant choices when performing computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery."

The ADVANCE Medial-Pivot and Double-High Knee are designed to allow patients greater movement and flexibility than has historically been experienced following knee replacement surgery. The patented design mimics the body's natural knee kinematics, closely simulating a ball-and-socket joint. Because of this unique design, many patients report that their ADVANCE Medial Pivot Knee feels more like their natural knee, and has provided them with greater comfort and stability.

Wright Medical Group Inc. is a global orthopaedic medical device company specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of reconstructive joint devices and biologics. The company has been in business for more than 50 years and markets its products in over 60 countries worldwide.

BrainLAB, a privately held company headquartered in Munich, Germany, was founded in 1989 and is specialized in the development, manufacture, and marketing of medical technology for radiosurgery and radiotherapy, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, and ENT. Among the products developed by BrainLAB are software and hardware components for image-guided surgery and radiotherapy as well as integrated systems for stereotactic radiosurgery. With about 3000 software applications on almost 1400 systems installed in over 60 countries, BrainLAB is among the market leaders in image-guided medical technology. BrainLAB employs more than 600 people worldwide. The company has 15 offices across Europe, Asia, North and South America. For more company information, you can read the VMW November 2004 article AO Foundation and BrainLAB announce partnership on image guidance for trauma surgery.


Leslie Versweyveld

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