Smith+Nephew has rolled out Real Intelligence (RI) brand of surgery solutions, and its next-generation handheld robotics platform, CORI Surgical System, in Canada.

The company designed RI to deliver a personalised experience for surgeons and patients, expand surgical capabilities, overcome limitations of conventional methods, and connect to digital solutions.

The digital ecosystem is said to advance surgical technology by optimising investments in implants, robotics, navigation, data and care management.

It supports patient engagement, pre-operative planning, digital and robotic surgery, post-operative assessment and measurement of patient outcomes, said the company.

Also, the solution informs the next phase of treatment and enables healthcare providers to make more informed decisions on the treatment of their patients.

Smith+Nephew Canada vice president and managing director Dave O’Neil said: “With the introduction of the CORI Surgical System, we have a handheld robotic-assisted platform that is especially well suited to meet the needs of the Canadian marketplace.

“The CORI System does not require CT or pre-op imaging and has the potential to improve both implant placement accuracy and OR efficiency.

“It is a fraction of the size of other robotic platforms on the market and represents the first step of Smith+Nephew’s long-term strategy to change the way orthopaedic surgeons treat their patients here in Canada.”

The CORI Surgical System is a platform that combines handheld robot and intuitive software to facilitate robotic-assisted surgery.

Having been approved by Health Canada, it offers a wide range of compatible implants for total and partial knee arthroplasty procedures.

CORI Surgical System facilitates real-time characterisation of bone and cartilage through landmark collection and point mapping, eliminating preoperative imaging.

The advanced robotic software solution is said to deliver image-free, smart mapping, real-time planning and gap assessment, along with optimised alignment and balance.

The company intends to expand its robotics platform beyond knee procedures and into other orthopaedic pathologies, by introducing more new applications.

Western University orthopaedic surgeon and professor Douglas Naudie said: “I am very excited to start using Smith+Nephew’s CORI Surgical System to deliver the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery directly to my patients.

“The handheld robot coupled with intuitive software helps to accurately size and position the components and optimise ligament balance. The entire system is efficient and portable – a welcome combination for a crowded operating room.”