Primary-User Group established to advance PiGalileo computer-assisted surgery technology

San Diego 08 September 2005PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc., a distributor of total joint replacement systems and innovative Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery technology, has established a Primary-User Group for its PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery System. The group's primary role is to educate other orthopaedic surgeons about the use and clinical benefits of this technology, as well as collaborate with company engineers to define and develop future products and features that meet the needs of the orthopaedic surgical market.


The PiGalileo Primary-User Group consists of four well-respected orthopaedic surgeons who collectively have over 50 years of clinical experience and have performed over 15.000 total joint replacement surgeries, with extensive Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery experience; having used a variety of products on the market. The surgeons selected to serve in this elite group are Dr. Gary Botimer, Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon at Mercy Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho; Dr. Thomas Ferro, Chief of Surgery at Arroyo Grande Hospital in Arroyo Grande, California; Dr. Jan Koenig, Director of Orthopaedics at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York; and Dr. Tyler Goldberg, Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Austin Diagnostic Clinic in Austin, Texas.

"We are honoured to be working with this group of talented surgeons to advance this technology", stated Craig Grabell, CEO of PLUS Orthopedics USA. "The PiGalileo system has already raised the bar for Computer-Assisted Surgery technology, and with the work of this group our goal is to develop world-class technologies that will define the standard of care for total joint replacement surgery."

In the initial kick-off User-Group meeting, member surgeons both worked with engineers and developers to define future product requirements, along with discussions about their initial experiences with the PiGalileo system. It was significant to note that out of over 300 initial TKA surgeries performed with the system, no cases of notching the anterior femur were noted, all cases were within 3 degrees of neutral mechanical axis alignment, and there were no related complications reported.

Medical literature has shown that a common cause of joint implant failure is implant misalignment, with a misalignment of only 3 degrees being strongly correlated to excessive wear on the joint and implant failure over time. Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery with the PiGalileo system aims to position the implants optimally for the patient, thereby reducing the potential for misalignment and related complications.

Since its international release in 1999, there are over 80 PiGalileo systems installed throughout the world, which have supported more than 10.000 surgical procedures. PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of PLUS Orthopedics Holding AG, a manufacturer of implant systems for the hip, knee and shoulder joints, as well as products for the treatment of orthopaedic trauma, since 1997.

PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc., headquartered in San Diego, California, is now bringing these products to patients across the United States with a commitment to offering its customers high quality products and services with proven results. More information on PiGalileo is available in the VMW August 2005 article The Austin Diagnostic Clinic becomes first in Texas to offer patients innovative computer-assisted surgery technology.

Leslie Versweyveld

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