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First Shoulder Arthroplasty Surgeries Using Stryker’s Blueprint® Mixed Reality Guidance System Completed at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and at St. Joseph’s Health Care London in Canada

Blueprint Mixed Reality Guidance System for shoulder arthroplasty offers surgeons a new tool to execute their pre-operative plan using 3D imaging and operate with more precision and consistency

KALAMAZOO, Mich., January 10, 2024–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stryker (NYSE:SYK), one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, today announced that the first shoulder arthroplasty surgeries using Blueprint® Mixed Reality (MR) Guidance have been successfully completed by Dr. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo, MD, PhD, Consultant and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Dr. George Athwal at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, Canada.

“Mixed reality technology offers important benefits to patients,” said Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo, one of the Blueprint design surgeons. “This technology allows the surgeon to plan and execute the surgery based on precise images of the patient’s shoulder, thereby minimizing the risk of improper placement of the implant. This is individualized care tailored to each patient’s anatomy.”

Designed by a team of world-class surgeons, the Blueprint MR Guidance System combines Stryker’s innovative software with the Microsoft HoloLens™ 2* headset, allowing the surgeon to track the position and orientation of surgical instrumentation in the physical environment. Blueprint MR Guidance allows surgeons and their instruments to be ‘guided’ by 3D images and guidance widgets, which can be displayed on the patient and in the surgeon’s line of sight without disrupting normal workflow. The MR Guidance system received FDA clearance in January 2023.

“The addition of Mixed Reality Guidance to our Blueprint platform has the potential to benefit the entire shoulder arthroplasty market – surgeons and patients alike,” said Tim Lanier, president of Stryker’s Trauma & Extremities division. “Now that Mixed Reality Guidance has officially entered the operating room, our surgeons will have access to the most innovative technology available, enabling more precise surgical results and allowing for improved results for patients.”

Blueprint Mixed Reality OR Visualization, the previous iteration of Stryker’s Blueprint Mixed Reality, has been used by over 50 surgeons and in more than 3,500 shoulder replacement procedures globally. To learn more about Blueprint and Mixed Reality, visit

Stryker anticipates the completion of the first case utilizing the Blueprint® Mixed Reality (MR) Guidance System in Europe in February, marking a significant milestone in advancing surgical technology globally.

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Stryker is a global leader in medical technologies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The company offers innovative products and services in MedSurg, Neurotechnology, Orthopaedics and Spine that help improve patient and healthcare outcomes. Alongside its customers around the world, Stryker impacts more than 130 million patients annually. More information is available at


Mayo Clinic has a financial interest in the technology referenced in this press release. Mayo Clinic will use any revenue it receives to support its not-for-profit mission in patient care, education and research.

Dr. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo is a paid consultant of Stryker Trauma and Extremities. The opinions expressed by Dr. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo are those of Dr. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo and not necessarily those of Stryker. Individual experiences may vary.

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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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