The patellofemoral joint replacement application expands the Navio surgical system’s indications from unicondylar knee replacement to offer the full suite of partial knee replacement options.

Blue Belt Technologies claims that the addition of patellofemoral joint replacement enables the company’s customers to offer robotics-assisted surgery to a greater population of patients who may be suffering from early to mid-stage osteoarthritis and choose partial knee replacement as an alternative to total knee replacement.

Blue Belt Technologies president and CEO Eric Timko said: "We are pleased to announce this major milestone in the continued success and evolution of our Navio platform.

"We focus our technology development efforts on clinically relevant applications that can benefit from reproducible precision. Adding patellofemoral replacement was the logical next step for us.

"This patellofemoral joint system application will continue to arm our surgeon customers with the next-generation in robotics-assisted tools to safely and effectively treat a greater population of patients."

The Navio surgical system uses a CT-free, robotics-assisted approach for its partial knee replacement applications. Smith and Nephew’s Journey PFJ patellofemoral joint system will be the first implant system available for use with the Navio patellofemoral joint system application.

Image: The Navio handpiece assists the surgeon in precision bone preparation. Photo: Courtesy of Business Wire