DePuy Synthes Partners for Exclusive Access to Proprietary Hip Replacement Software

Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Synthes will shortly commence an exclusive U.S. agreement with JointPoint, Inc. to co-market its proprietary software platform. The goal is to provide an easy-to-use, surgeon-friendly navigation system that can help deliver improvements in surgical outcomes.

Background

JointPoint’s software provides non-invasive computer navigation, pre-surgical digital templating, case planning, and feedback while performing total hip replacement surgeries.

Adding the JointPoint software to a surgeon’s protocol may help reduce leg length discrepancy and complications related to inaccurate cup placement and final implant selection – two of the most important considerations in hip replacement surgery – by providing pre-surgical digital templating and real-time, data-driven surgical decision making in the operating room.

The software is said to easily integrate with the Anterior Approach. This is a minimally invasive surgical approach that allows a surgeon to work around the muscles, rather than cut through them, to get to the hip joint.

JointPoint software features something known as OneTrial™. This can predict optimal implant combinations based on pre-surgical goals using just two images during surgery. Unique to DePuy Synthes implants is the ability of OneTrial™ to also provide precise recommendations on implant size and position to enable more confident adjustments and reduce OR time and fluoroscopy by eliminating re-trialing.

Finally, the JointPoint software can help streamline communications through a JointPoint calendar, case sharing, and case planning/collaboration.

Company comments

“We are thrilled to partner with JointPoint to help provide more predictive outcomes for surgeons and their patients,” said Aaron Villaruz, Global Hip Platform Leader, DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction. “By providing access to important information at key stages of the hip replacement process, together we can help surgeons streamline cases and allow for pre-surgical goals to be achieved more consistently.”

Physician comments

Consultant to DePuy Synthes (and with ownership interest in JointPoint, Inc., Dr. Andrew J. Cooper MD stated; “During hip replacement surgery, physicians strive for optimal implant choices and positioning to improve patient satisfaction by achieving proper leg length, offset, and cup positioning. JointPoint Hip Navigation System gives surgeons the confidence with real time feedback so they can ultimately help restore patients back to their natural function efficiently while minimizing fluoroscopy. I’m excited about what JointPoint can offer those surgeons whose patients are good candidates for the Anterior Approach.”

Source: DePuy Synthes

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