19 April 2006
Smith & Nephew's (NYSE:SNN; LSE: SN) Endoscopy division today announced the launch of its Hip Positioning System, which enables a surgeon to access and treat the hip joint using arthroscopic techniques.
The hip joint is the largest in the human body and difficult to access during arthroscopic procedures. Most surgeons who perform hip arthroscopy must use fracture tables, the type used during open surgery to repair broken hips or replace worn out joints. These tables are cumbersome to assemble and costly to buy and maintain.
Smith & Nephew's Hip Positioning System, which attaches to most standard operating room tables, is designed to gently and slightly separate the joint, creating space for the surgeon to work.
"Smith & Nephew's Hip Positioning System is a revolutionary development for arthroscopic hip surgery," said Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd of the Nashville Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Nashville, Tenn.
"Its versatility is matched only by its user friendliness to the OR staff," Byrd said. "The unique ball joint built into the system enables us to move the joint as needed during procedures, something which is becoming increasingly necessary as new hip arthroscopy techniques emerge. Traditional fracture tables can't do that."
The Hip Positioning System makes hip arthroscopy more cost-effective for outpatient surgery centers, too.
"Developing ways to treat hip injuries opens new markets for us and the medical device marketplace," said Joseph Darling, vice president for marketing, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy. "As more surgeons become practiced in arthroscopic hip surgery, they are looking for ways to reduce procedure time and cost while ensuring quality patient outcomes. Using Smith & Nephew's Hip Positioning System enables joint manipulation with less staff effort. That means more attention can be paid to the patient."
The Hip Positioning System's flexibility and cost make it a simple and convenient option for outpatient surgery centers looking to grow their hip arthroscopy practices, Darling said.