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First European robotics-assisted total knee replacement performed with Smith & Nephew’s NAVIO™ Surgical System

24 April 2018

Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN; LSE:SN), the global medical technology business, announces that Spire Bushey Hospital in the UK, has completed Europe’s first robotics-assisted total knee replacement procedure using the NAVIO Surgical System.

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Richard Carrington, MBBS, FRCS (Orth), performed the first surgery using the Smith & Nephew JOURNEY II Total Knee System.

The Smith & Nephew NAVIO Surgical System is a next generation handheld robotics platform designed to aid surgeons with component positioning, ligament balancing and bone preparation – key factors that may drive implant survivorship.1,2  NAVIO is designed to help the surgeon with surgical planning and balancing of the joint to the patient’s specific needs. The handheld instrumentation uses multiple control modes to help the surgeon accurately prepare the bone for implantation.

The small footprint of NAVIO allows for easy set up and portability. Furthermore, NAVIO does not require a preoperative image, such as a CT scan. This allows patients to receive the benefits of robotics-assistance without the extra steps, costs, and radiation associated with additional preoperative imaging.3

“We are proud to support Spire Bushey in being the first hospital in Europe to bring patients the benefits of a robotic-assisted total knee procedure using the NAVIO Surgical System,” said Massimiliano Colella, President Europe and Canada, Smith & Nephew. “It is an important innovation as 80% of all knee replacement surgeries globally are total knees4, and it is exciting that Spire’s patients can now benefit from the improvements in accuracy that robotics is designed to deliver.”



Dave Snyder
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Smith & Nephew plc


About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to supporting healthcare professionals in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic ReconstructionAdvanced Wound ManagementSports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has more than 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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About Spire Bushey Hospital

Working with leading consultants in their field, we have become the private hospital of choice for knee replacements in London and our region. Across both 2016 and 2017*, more knee replacements were carried out at Spire Bushey than any other private London hospital.  Our team of expert physiotherapists provide comprehensive pre-habilitation programmes to help strengthen the limb before surgery to improve recovery. They use the onsite gym and hydrotherapy pool to support patient rehabilitation following surgery.

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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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