PRAXIM Medivision enters United States market

Chicago 14 March 2006PRAXIM Medivision, already a trusted world expert with more than 10.000 surgeries performed using its navigation products, is planning to enter the United States through partnerships and collaborations with industry leaders. The French-based company's innovations are an integral part of computer-assisted and minimally invasive surgery, particularly in orthopaedic surgery. Leading uses of PRAXIM Medivision navigation systems include knee replacement and ACL repair.

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Studies show navigation systems used in ACL surgery result in optimized knee stability and a reduction in other factors that cause failure of the surgery such as misplacement of the tunnels and notch impingement.

Since 2001, PRAXIM Medivision has obtained CE Mark and FDA approval for more than 27 surgical applications. In 2005, they were selected the Information Society Technologies Grand Prize Winner out of 430 applicants from 29 countries.

PRAXIM Medivision's Surgetics Station has more than 30 specific and universal surgical modules available to the orthopaedic surgeon to improve their precision and reduce risk and discomfort to the patient. "Navigation systems provide greater safety to the patients by increasing accuracy and control as well as reducing the need for X-ray exposure", stated CEO Stéphane Lavallée.

Recently, PRAXIM developed the patented Bone Morphing technology that creates a 3D model of the patient's joint during a procedure and allows the surgeon to visualize and quantify the anticipated results.

PRAXIM Medivision's products are already used at Keller Army Community Hospital in West Point, New York, and a strong partnership is underway at the New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery, which is the oldest orthopaedic hospital in the country.

Executives from PRAXIM Medivision will be in Chicago for the 75th annual conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) where PRAXIM Medivision is demonstrating their latest technology.

PRAXIM Medivision was founded in 1995 by academic researchers from the Computer Assisted Medical Interventions team of the University Joseph Fourier in France. In 1999, the company began developing its own products, including the successful Surgetics Station and Surgetics Applications for Orthopaedic and Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery.

PRAXIM acquired one of its major competitors, Switzerland-based Medivision, in October 2003. The acquisition allowed PRAXIM to continue its leadership in Europe, with additional key positions in Switzerland and Germany.


Leslie Versweyveld

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