Smith & Nephew's Sports Medicine franchise is a world leader in developing and commercialising technology to enable minimally invasive surgery techniques, with a specific focus on the surgery of joints, in particular the knee, shoulder and hip.
The business offers surgeons technologies for surgery of the joints and ligament repair, including:
- specialised devices and fixation systems to repair damaged tissue;
- fluid management equipment for surgical access;
- digital cameras, digital image capture, scopes, light sources and monitors to assist with visualisation;
- radiofrequency wands, electromechanical and mechanical blades, and
- hand instruments for resecting damaged tissue.
Key Sports Medicine Surgical Products from Smith & Nephew
Key products in repair are the FAST-FIX◊ family of meniscal repair systems, ENDOBUTTON◊ for cruciate fixation, and the FOOTPRINT PK and TWINFIX◊ Suture Anchors for rotator cuff repair. The FAST-FIX 360 Meniscal Repair System, launched in 2011, is designed to offer a faster, more secure meniscal repair system that will maximze the chances of a successful tear recovery. It is built on the proven FAST-FIX platform which set the standard for minimally invasive, all-inside meniscal repair.
Key products in resection are the wide range of DYONICS◊ shaver blades, ACUFEX◊ handheld instruments, and a range of radiofrequency (“RF”) probes. The DYONICS◊ PLATINUM Series Shaver Blades, launched in 2011, are single-use blades that provide superior resection, debris evacuation and sharpness.
Other recent innovations include the BIORAPTOR◊ and OSTEORAPTOR◊ CURVED Guide Systems for Shoulder that optimise anchor placement, helping surgeons to overcome the challenges associated with instability repair. The systems provide increased access to the repair site in the glenohumeral joint, improve the trajectory of drilling and lead to optimised anchor placement in glenoid bone which helps surgeons operate with confidence.