Smart implants hold big promise for orthopedic, spine surgery

Recent innovations in sensor technologies demonstrated huge potential in orthopedic surgery, evolving beyond the bulky, expensive and less reliable technologies of the past.

The idea behind this new generation of wireless, smart implants is to provide personalized data that can be used to optimize outcomes for patients.

Implantable sensors can be used for measuring parameters such as force, torque and pressure. Smart implants such as Zimmer Biomet’s Persona IQ are being developed to enable better remote monitoring, tracking steps, range of motion and other metrics for patients and physicians.

Persona IQ has a smart sensor that can count steps and measure walking speed, range of motion and other indicators of knee function after surgery, according to Zimmer Biomet. It wirelessly transmits data and works with the company’s Mymobility app for patients.

Orthopedic surgeons Peter Sculco, MD, and Fred Cushner, MD, of New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery, performed the first knee replacement with the implant in October.

“It collects data every day during the first year following surgery, providing objective, accurate information on how the knee is functioning,” Dr. Cushner said in a news release. “Patient monitoring can continue for much longer, though, as the battery that powers the device was made to last at least 10 years.”

By Alan Condon | Becker’s Spine Review

Image Credit: Zimmer Biomet


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