DePuy Synthes' robotic technology gets nod for total knee replacement


DePuy Synthes' Velys robotic-assisted solution on Jan. 19 received FDA clearance for use with the Attune total knee system.

Velys is a table-mounted device intended to help surgeons navigate accurate bony cuts without the need for preoperative imaging.

The system uses advanced planning capabilities to help accurately resect bones that align and position the implant relative to the soft tissue during total knee replacement.

"The device enables me to evaluate the bony anatomy and soft tissue envelope of the knee to plan the optimal implant position and then use the robotic-assisted solution to deliver and execute the plan," Dr. Mark Clatworthy, a New Zealand-based surgeon who performed the first Attune procedure using Velys, said in a Jan. 19 news release.

Velys was designed by Orthotaxy, a device company acquired by Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies in 2018.

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