Pittsburgh based Blue Belt Technologies received FDA clearance for its NavioPFS system for performing Unicondylar Knee Replacement (“UKR”) surgeries. The system aims to provide surgeons improved control when shaving the bone tissue in preparation for implant placement.
The NavioPFS consists of a 3D camera, a visualization system, and a handheld resurfacing device that provides real-time robotic control of the tip similar to a CAD/CAM. The system received European approval in February of this year and has already seen use in surgeries in Belgium and UK.
More about the system from the product page:
NavioPFS™ UKR surgical software incorporates a CT-free approach with intra-operative planning. Advanced algorithms provide real-time feedback detailing implant placement, kinematics and range of motion. A navigation system camera overlooks the surgery and feeds information to update the visualization that is presented to the surgeon.
The NavioPFS™ surgical system packs advanced robotic technology into a hand-held form factor. The PFS™ handpiece embodies multiple intelligent control algorithms that allow the surgeon to precisely resurface bone based on a predefined plan. Coupled with navigation tracking real-time position of the hand-piece and the patient, precision freehand sculpting allows only the targeted bone to be removed while the robotics enforces a safety zone.
Product page: NavioPFS Surgical System…