BrainLAB and Synthes will jointly develop, market, and promote integrated computer-assisted surgery solutions based on Synthes implant technology and BrainLAB image-guided medical navigation technology. The co-operation will work to advance operating techniques and improve the standard of care for trauma patients.
Surgeons dealing with orthopaedic trauma currently face three major challenges. First, although pre-operative image quality such as plain film, CT, MRI, remains excellent, intra-operative visualization is often insufficient, leading to problems with orientation and precision. Secondly, redundant information is often acquired with c-arms, which causes unnecessary radiation exposure for patients and clinical staff. Finally, despite several attempts to reduce invasiveness and approach-related tissue damage, significant soft tissue dissection is still necessary in order to judge and manipulate fragments for fracture reduction. The BrainLAB-Synthes co-operation will address these challenges with advances in computer-assisted surgery, advanced instrument design, and work flow integration in the operating room.
Professor Dr. Christian Krettek, director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Department at the Hanover Medical School (MHH) and chairman of the AO Computer Assisted Surgery Expert Group (CSEG), explained: "It is my strong belief that the use of computer assistance can reap significant benefits across many areas of trauma, spine and maxillofacial surgery. The integration of surgical work flows, instruments and implants into navigation will lead to better precision, less radiation and less invasiveness. This means improved patient safety and better outcomes."
Stefan Vilsmeier, CEO of BrainLAB, added: "After the successful start of our partnership with the AO-ASIF in research, development, and medical education, our worldwide collaboration agreement with Synthes brings us to the next level of image-guided surgery in spine and trauma care. We are excited about providing streamlined work flows and visualization for complex surgical procedures. The integration of the superbly designed Synthes instruments and implants into image-guided surgery, adds safety and simplicity to challenging procedures, such as the precise reduction and fixation of complex fractures, or the placement of artificial disks in spine surgery."
Hansjorg Wyss, Chairman and CEO of Synthes, commented: "We expect this collaboration to result in new implant systems and surgical techniques that will improve functional outcomes for the patient. We are excited about this opportunity that will continue our leadership role in helping to solve significant challenging issues in the orthopaedic industry issues."
Synthes is a global medical device company that develops, produces and markets instruments, implants and biomaterials for the surgical fixation, correction and regeneration of the human skeleton and its soft tissues.
Precise positioning and alignment of implants is a crucial component of successful hip and knee joint reconstruction surgery. The BrainLAB VectorVision surgical navigation system assists surgeons to increase the accuracy of implant positioning by guiding mechanical instruments to a pre-planned target position, which helps improve post-operative functionality of the implant. With this technology, surgeons are better supported in making informed decisions that may deliver safer surgery with the intent to improve clinical results.
The agreement with Biomet Inc. allows BrainLAB to expand its portfolio of existing Biomet implants to offer surgeons more options in implant-specific navigation guided surgery, and provides Biomet with access to VectorVision software technology. With the addition of these and future Biomet applications, surgeons now have a proven orthopaedic navigation option available with:
- Vanguard Complete Knee System
- Maxim Complete Knee System
- AGC Total Knee System
- Mallory-Head Hip System
- Bi-Metric X-series Hip System
- Taperloc Hip System
- Mallory-Head RingLoc Cups
- Universal RingLoc Cups
- Full Hemispherical Cups
- ArComXL Liners
- 36mm diameter heads