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Smith & Nephew announces full commercial release of JOURNEY™ II XR Total Knee Arthroplasty

LONDONMarch 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Smith & Nephew (LSE:SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, today announces the full commercial release of bi-cruciate retaining JOURNEY II XR total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in the United States and Japan.

JOURNEY II XR is the next step in the evolution of total knee replacement surgery. By retaining, rather than substituting, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), JOURNEY II XR is designed to combine the greater patient satisfaction of a partial knee replacement with the long-term survivorship and reproducible principles of TKA1-2. JOURNEY II XR accomplishes this by eliminating the past concerns of bi-cruciate retaining knees through:

  • An implant design that reflects more accurate replication of the knee anatomy3
  • A robust tibial baseplate designed for optimal fixation and fatigue strength
  • The application of Smith & Nephew’s VERILAST™ Technology, an advanced bearing surface designed to provide lasting survivorship4
  • The introduction of enabling technologies such as NAVIO™ robotics-assisted surgery and VISIONAIRE™ patient matched adaptive guides to help deliver highly reproducible outcomes

Mike Donoghue, Senior Vice President, Global Orthopaedic Marketing said, “The JOURNEY II XR knee offers surgeons an innovative treatment option for arthritic patients who have intact and well-functioning cruciate ligaments. The retention of the cruciate ligaments may provide patients with more normal feel and stability throughout the range of motion, and may lead to a smoother recovery, improved function, and better patient satisfaction.” 3,6-8

JOURNEY II total knee system is designed to achieve normal shapes, position and motion. Smith & Nephew created this platform to empower patients to “rediscover normal” following total knee arthroplasty. The full commercial release of JOURNEY II XR follows a successful limited market release in both the United States and Japan with more than 70 surgeons in both countries implanting over 1,100 JOURNEY II XR knees during the last 18 months9. Join Smith & Nephew at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Booth #1651 in New Orleans, LAMarch 7-9 to experience the Power of Patient Satisfaction and elevate what’s possible with the JOURNEY II XR Knee system.

About Smith & Nephew
Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping healthcare professionals improve people’s lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic ReconstructionAdvanced Wound ManagementSports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has around 15,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2017 were almost $4.8 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN).

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1. Patient satisfaction after primary total and unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: an age-dependent analysis. Von Keudell, Sodha, Collins, Minas, Fitz, Gomoll; Knee. 2014 Jan;21(1):180-4. 2. Total knee replacement with retention of both cruciate ligaments: a 22-year follow-up study. P. Sabouret, F. Lavoie, J-M Cloutier Bone Joint J. 2013 Jul; 95-B(7): 917–922 3. Short-term Range of Motion is Increased after TKA with an asymmetric bicruciate stabilized implant. Accepted Poster Presentation, AAOS 2018 New Orleans. Kaitlin M. CarrollPeter K. Sculco, Brian CMichaels, Richard L. Murphy, Seth A, Jerabek, David J. Mayman 4. Testing concluded at 45 million cycles, ISO 14242-1 and 14243-3 define test completion at 5 million cycles. 5. Hommel, Hagen, and Kai Wilke. “Good Early Results Obtained with a Guided-Motion Implant for Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Consecutive Case Series.” The Open Orthopaedics Journal 11 (2017): 51–56. PMC. Web. 27 Sept. 2017. 6. Kaneko, Takao et al. Bi-cruciate substituting total knee arthroplasty improved medio-lateral instability in mid-flexion range. Journal of Orthopaedics. 14. 201-206. 10.1016 7. Grieco, Trevor F., et al. “In Vivo Kinematic Comparison of a Bicruciate Stabilized Total Knee Arthroplasty and the Normal Knee Using Fluoroscopy.” The Journal of Arthroplasty, 2017, doi:10.1016/j.arth.2017.09.035.8. Iriuchishima, Takanori, and Keinosuke Ryu. “A Comparison of Rollback Ratio between Bicruciate Substituting Total Knee Arthroplasty and Oxford Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty.” The Journal of Knee Surgery, 2017, doi:10.1055/s-0037-1604445. 9. Data on file with Smith & Nephew.


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