Smith+Nephew to showcase leading, innovative AI-driven robotic-assisted solutions for personalized orthopaedic surgery at AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting  

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Smith+Nephew unveils a glimpse into the future with its CORI Surgical System at AAOS 2024, showcasing a new feature to personalize surgery and enhance performance. The system offers robotic-assisted solutions for knee and hip arthroplasty, improving outcomes and cost-effectiveness. Personalized planning software powered by AI further enhances patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes.
  • Smith+Nephew introduces a new feature for its CORI Surgical System at AAOS 2024, focusing on personalizing surgery and optimizing performance.
  • The CORI Surgical System supports knee arthroplasty and total hip arthroplasty, enhancing surgical outcomes and cost-effectiveness compared to traditional techniques.
  • RI.KNEE software enables joint line restoration and improves patient reported outcomes in total knee arthroplasty, offering more consistent and repeatable joint balancing and alignment.
  • The system's small footprint and specialized tools cater to the growing demand for outpatient hip and knee procedures in the US.
  • Personalized planning software like RI.KNEE ROBOTICS v2.0 powered by AI provides reference values and customized implant starting positions for better patient outcomes.
  • Robotic-assisted procedural solutions from Smith+Nephew have positive economic impacts, allowing patients to be discharged in less than 24 hours without complications or readmissions.
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Smith+Nephew's advancement in robotic-assisted surgical solutions, particularly with the CORI Surgical System, represents a significant step in the evolution of orthopaedic surgery. The integration of artificial intelligence for personalized planning and the system's utilization in knee arthroplasty and total hip arthroplasty (THA) can potentially lead to improved surgical precision and patient outcomes. This technology, being image-agnostic, indicates a versatility that does not rely on preoperative imaging, possibly reducing overall procedure time and costs. The capability to support revision surgeries, which are often more complex, further distinguishes the CORI system in the market.

From an economic perspective, the emphasis on reduced hospital stays and readmission rates aligns with the broader healthcare trend towards value-based care, where cost efficiency is increasingly important. As outpatient and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) procedures grow in popularity due to their cost-effectiveness, Smith+Nephew's system could see increased adoption, thereby impacting the company's market share and revenue growth. The long-term implications for stakeholders include potential reductions in healthcare costs and improved surgical care standards.

The mention of Smith+Nephew's CORI Surgical System's smallest footprint in the market and its suitability for outpatient/ASC procedures taps into the growing shift towards minimally invasive surgeries. This trend is driven by patient preference for shorter recovery times and the healthcare system's push for cost savings. The ability to offer a comprehensive solution that encompasses the entire continuum of care in knee arthroplasty and navigated THA positions Smith+Nephew competitively in a sector that is increasingly prioritizing technological integration and efficiency.

Furthermore, the application of AI for personalized planning and implant placement could lead to a paradigm shift in how surgeries are approached, with a focus on customization based on patient-specific anatomical data. This could enhance Smith+Nephew's brand as an innovator, potentially attracting a new customer base and increasing loyalty among existing users. The potential for improved clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction may also translate into a stronger reputation, which is crucial in the highly competitive medical technology industry.

The clinical significance of Smith+Nephew's CORI Surgical System's features, such as the RI.KNEE software for joint line restoration and the CORI Digital Tensioner for objective gap data, cannot be overstated. These tools address key challenges in knee arthroplasty—achieving consistent joint balancing and alignment, which are critical for the longevity of the implant and patient satisfaction. The use of AI for planning and the ability to customize implant starting positions could lead to a more tailored surgical approach, potentially reducing the incidence of postoperative complications.

As an orthopedic surgeon, the potential to lower revision rates and risks through navigated surgery is particularly compelling. The RI.HIP NAVIGATION's computer-guided approach may represent a significant advancement in THA, offering a promising alternative to traditional methods. The mention of specialized tools for outpatient/ASC procedures suggests an understanding of the need for efficiency and adaptability in different surgical settings. The overall impact on surgical practice could be transformative, enhancing the surgeon's ability to deliver precision care while also aligning with healthcare trends towards cost-effective and patient-centric solutions.

Smith+Nephew (LSE: SN, NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology company, announces it will provide a glimpse into the future at AAOS 2024. With a first opportunity to see a forthcoming new feature* for its CORI Surgical System, this exclusive image-agnostic* robotic-assisted surgical solution is designed to further help personalize surgery, advance efficiencies, and optimize performance across Smith+Nephew’s orthopaedic reconstruction portfolio.

The power of one robotic-assisted platform
Smith+Nephew’s CORI Surgical System – a next-generation handheld robotic platform - supports the entire continuum of care in knee arthroplasty (unicompartmental, total, revision) and a comprehensive solution for navigated total hip arthroplasty (THA). Robotic-assisted surgery has been shown to help improve surgical outcomes and cost effectiveness compared to conventional techniques.1-3

  • The CORI Surgical System is the only robotic-assisted solution indicated for revision total knee arthroplasty, and RI.KNEE software enables joint line restoration4 and improves patient reported outcomes (pain and PROMIS Depression).4
  • The CORI Digital Tensioner provides objective gap data and quantifies joint laxity prior to making bone resections6-8 in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) resulting in more consistent, repeatable joint balancing and alignment compared to manual tensioning.8
  • Use of a navigated surgery, such as RI.HIP NAVIGATION, enables a computer-guided approach that demonstrates significantly lower revision rates, lower risk of revision, and higher patient satisfaction when compared with traditional THA.9
  • The CORI Surgical System has the smallest footprint11 and offers more indications and specialized tools than competitive solutions to help accommodate the high growth of outpatient/ASC hip and knee procedures in the US.

Personalizing surgery
Delivering solutions for differing patient types coupled with planning and execution tools is essential to personalizing surgery. By individualizing the episode of care, patients have shown better outcomes such as early recovery and early functional outcomes compared to conventional UKA surgery.12-15

RI.KNEE ROBOTICS v2.0 – Personalized Planning software powered by AI - provides AI-powered reference values as guidance for planning and enables surgeons to set preferences for initial implant starting positions that are customized to patient deformity.

“Smith+Nephew’s technology platform is the only one in the market that allows for personalized planning using simulation and AI. The RI.HIP Modeler allows for impingement analysis based on an individual patient profile, while RI.KNEE software utilizes AI for personalized planning and implant placement. When introducing personalized options to manage specific pathologies, we see increased patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. These continue to elevate the level of care we as surgeons may provide to our patients,” said Thorsten Seyler, MD PhD, Associate Professor of Orthopedics at Duke University.

Smith+Nephew's CORI Surgical System and RI.KNEE Robotics v2.0

Proven economic benefits

Smith+Nephew’s robotic-assisted procedural solutions have positive effects on the healthcare economic landscape. For example, patients who received Smith+Nephew robotic-assisted UKA could be discharged in less than 24 hours without complications or readmissions.14

To learn more about how these advancements in robotic-assisted and personalized surgery support ‘Precision in Motion’ - the company’s uncompromising commitment to freedom of movement - please visit the Smith+Nephew booth (#5469) at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2024 Annual Meeting from February 12-16 in San Francisco, CA.

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  3. Nherera LM, Verma S, Trueman P, Jennings S. Early economic evaluation demonstrates that noncomputerized tomography robotic-assisted surgery is cost-effective in patients undergoing unicompartmental knee arthroplasty at high-volume orthopaedic centres. Adv Orthop. 2020;3460675OK with changes to RI.HIP Navigation statement
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  8. Smith+Nephew 2022. Tensioner whitepaper supporting evidence report. 10073166 REV A.
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  * Pending 510(k) clearance

About Smith+Nephew
Smith+Nephew is a portfolio medical technology company focused on the repair, regeneration and replacement of soft and hard tissue. We exist to restore people’s bodies and their self-belief by using technology to take the limits off living. We call this purpose ‘Life Unlimited’. Our 19,000 employees deliver this mission every day, making a difference to patients’ lives through the excellence of our product portfolio, and the invention and application of new technologies across our three global business units of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & ENT and Advanced Wound Management.

Founded in Hull, UK, in 1856, we now operate in more than 100 countries, and generated annual sales of $5.2 billion in 2022. Smith+Nephew is a constituent of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN). The terms ‘Group’ and ‘Smith+Nephew’ are used to refer to Smith & Nephew plc and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.

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Smith+Nephew is showcasing a new feature for its CORI Surgical System at AAOS 2024.

The CORI Surgical System supports knee arthroplasty and total hip arthroplasty.

RI.KNEE software enables joint line restoration and improves patient reported outcomes in total knee arthroplasty.

Patients who received Smith+Nephew robotic-assisted UKA could be discharged in less than 24 hours without complications or readmissions.
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