THINK Surgical, an American technology innovator, has been granted 510(k) clearance for its TMINI Miniature Robotic System from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The TMINI Miniature Robotic System features a wireless robotic handpiece to help surgeons in carrying out a total knee replacement.

After a three-dimensional surgical plan based on computed tomography (CT), the robotic handpiece compensates automatically for the hand movements of the surgeon for locating bone pins along planes that are precisely defined.

For accurate resection of bones, cutting guides are then connected to the bone pins.

THINK Surgical claimed that the TMINI Miniature Robotic System, which can be used easily, replaces several instruments that are presently employed for knee replacement surgery.

THINK Surgical president and CEO Stuart Simpson said: “With its small footprint, open implant platform and intuitive workflow, the TMINI system opens up robotic possibilities for more clinics, operating rooms, and surgeons.”

The robotic handpiece has been designed by the company in partnership with UK-based research and development (R&D) consultancy Sagentia Innovation.

According to THINK Surgical, the combined technical expertise of the two firms enabled the design of the TMINI robotic handpiece, which can be integrated easily into operating room workflows by surgeons as well as staff.

Sagentia Innovation managing partner Duncan Smith said: “The broader market opportunity for the TMINI system makes this an important development in surgical robotics. It’s been exciting supporting this project from early concept development through transfer-to-manufacture, and we look forward to its commercial success.”

THINK Surgical stated that it is committed to maintaining an open implant library and over time will continue adding new implant options to its platform.

Its open implant approach along with the ease of use of the TMINI system is expected to draw the interest of a wide customer base which until now could have been resistant to robotics, said the orthopedic surgical robots manufacturer.