Zimmer, a medical device manufacturer based in Warsaw, Indiana, announced that it had received 510(k) approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration for its knee replacement guidance system.
According to a press release by the company, Zimmer’s iAssist Knee guidance system is designed to help physicians during knee implant surgery. Through the use of disposable pod components with embedded accelerometers, surgeons can quickly and easily monitor knee implant positioning information in real-time.
Zimmer states that the iAssist Knee guidance system is the next generation of intelligent surgical instruments. The company believes that the device provides benefits for healthcare providers, health systems and patients. With a disposable device, patients can receive personalized knee replacement surgeries.
Jeff McCauley is the president of Zimmer’s reconstructive surgery division. In prepared remarks, he said, "We are greatly excited by the potential of iAssist technology, which delivers on the promise of accurate implant positioning and alignment validation without the complexity, cost and time associated with current capital-intensive navigation and robotic systems."
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