Zimmer Biomet shares early data on Apple Watch app for recovery after knee surgery

Early data showed that Zimmer Biomet’s MyMobility app yielded similar results to patients who received traditional care after knee surgery. Zimmer Biomet shared its findings from the randomized controlled clinical trial on Thursday.

Zimmer Biomet shared early results of a study comparing its app for patients who underwent knee replacements to the institution’s standard of care. According to preliminary data, which has not yet been peer reviewed, the company’s mymobility app saw similar outcomes to traditional care models, with fewer physical therapy visits.

Zimmer Biomet, which manufacturers surgical devices for joint and knee replacements, developed the app. It connects patients with their surgical care team before and after their procedure, provides guided exercises, and pulls in activity data from patients’ Apple Watch. That data, including their steps, heart rate and how many flights of stairs they climbed in the last week, is also shared with clinicians.

The randomized, open-label trial included more than 16 surgical sites. It had 224 patients in the control group, who received the standard of care before and after a knee replacement, typically including physical therapy. Another 192 patients were provided an Apple Watch and the mymobility app. They could also receive physical therapy if deemed necessary by a surgeon.

By Elise Reuter | MedCity News

Image Credit: Zimmer Biomet


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