US-based medical technology company Exactech has introduced the next generation of its ligament-driven balancing technology with the new ExactechGPS software.

The technology enables patient-centric planning and modern alignment philosophies for total knee replacement surgery using intra-operative ligament laxity and alignment data.

The new software will upgrade its unique Newton Knee balancing technique to enable simultaneous planning of the femur and tibia resections, said the medical technology company.

Exactech knee and AST senior marketing director Pete Cipolletti said: “The evolution of our digital knee platform demonstrates Exactech’s dedication to providing our surgeon partners with advanced technology for ligament-driven, personalized knee surgery.

“With over 3,000 cases completed to date, the Newton Knee technique has rapidly become the favored method for GPS-guided knee replacements, confirming our conviction that embracing the principles of modern alignment is essential to enhancing patient satisfaction in total knee replacement.”

Exactech said that the new software is the latest offering in its high-technology knee system, to meet the needs of younger, more active patients.

The system features transformative innovations, including 3D-printed Truliant cementless components and advanced Activit-E polyethylene inserts.

The company has performed more than 75,000 total knee replacement procedures using GPS since it was introduced in 2010, and the installations recently crossed 500 units.

The Newton Knee integration was launched exclusively for GPS and offers dynamic soft tissue analytics, pre-resection operative insights and full-range personalised planning.

It is designed to simplify, evaluate, and execute balanced total knee replacement surgery.

Lehigh Valley Health Network department chair and orthopaedic surgeon Thomas Meade said: “Technological advancements like Exactech’s forward-thinking knee platform allow surgeons to plan and execute personalized total joint replacement while eliminating the expense and need for advanced imaging based on individual patient anatomy and natural ligament constraints.

“The expansion provides even more flexibility to support various workflows, while delivering real-time data to facilitate decision-making for improved and predictable limb and component alignment and balanced soft tissue throughout the entire functional range of motion.”