3 December 2019

Smith+Nephew announces first surgeries using new JOURNEY™ II Unicompartmental Knee System

Brings natural feel of JOURNEY II to partial knee arthroplasty patients; helps drive value in healthcare systems

Smith+Nephew (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology business, is pleased to announce the completion of the first surgeries utilizing its new JOURNEY II Unicompartmental Knee (UK) System. Built on the heritage of the most clinically successful partial knee,1,2 JOURNEY II UK is designed to help patients rediscover their normal life before they first experienced knee pain.

The new JOURNEY II UK system is designed to provide faster recovery,3-6 improved functionality4,7-10 and higher patient satisfaction9,11-14 than other unicompartmental options. It does this by incorporating both an increased size range and lateral specific implant, which enables surgeons performing partial knee arthroplasty to maintain the shape, position and motion15 of a normal knee joint – critical to improving patient outcomes.

“The new JOURNEY II Unicompartmental Knee System combines a straightforward surgical technique with an implant offering additional sizes for optimal coverage,” said Dr. Kevin Fricka, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic. “I am very excited for what this new system can do for my patients by enabling faster recovery and improved functionality, and I am very encouraged by the outcomes from my first cases.”

JOURNEY II UK is also meant to drive value and cost-effectiveness through a reduced OR footprint.16-18 Studies show that unicompartmental procedures may result in thousands of dollars in cost savings to payers via decreased implant and procedure costs.16 And, when used in conjunction with its NAVIO™ Handheld Robotics and VISIONAIRE™ Patient Matched Instrumentation, Smith+Nephew offers healthcare providers a comprehensive solution to partial knee replacements that no other company can match.

“We are thrilled to introduce the JOURNEY II Unicompartmental Knee System - a combination of the most successful and innovative design features of our knee arthroplasty portfolio,” said Skip Kiil, President of Orthopaedics at Smith+Nephew. “Combining cost-effective solutions for healthcare systems with the potential for better patient outcomes is a win-win, and underscores our purpose of helping people restore their bodies and their self-belief.”

Smith+Nephew has a rich history with unicompartmental knees – including one of the first-ever commercially produced systems.19 JOURNEY II UK continues this evolution utilizing best-in-class technology from Smith+Nephew’s highly successful JOURNEY II platform as well as its ZUK Unicompartmental Knee – the most clinically successful knee across all major registries.1,2

Global commercial release for JOURNEY II UK is expected to begin in early 2020.





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About Smith+Nephew

Smith+Nephew is a portfolio medical technology business that exists to restore people’s bodies and their self-belief by using technology to take the limits off living. We call this purpose ‘Life Unlimited’. Our 16,000+ employees deliver this mission every day, making a difference to patients’ lives through the excellence of our product portfolio, and the invention and application of new technologies across our three global franchises of Orthopaedics, Advanced Wound Management and Sports Medicine & ENT. Founded in Hull, UK, in 1856, we now operate in more than 100 countries, and generated annual sales of $4.9 billion in 2018. Smith+Nephew is a constituent of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN). The terms ‘Group’ and ‘Smith+Nephew’ are used to refer to Smith & Nephew plc and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.

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