Zimmer Biomet gets FDA nod for world's 1st smart implant for knee replacement

Spinal Tech

Zimmer Biomet and medical data company Canary Medical received FDA approval to market the tibial extension for Persona IQ, the first smart implant for total knee replacement, according to an Aug. 30 news release.

Persona IQ features Canary Medical's canturio te tibial extension sensor technology that measures and determines range of motion, step count, walking speed and other gait metrics. 

The device will also be integrated with Zimmer Biomet's remote care management platform, mymobility with Apple Watch, and other technologies in its ZBEdge Connected Intelligence Suite.

Once implanted, Persona IQ records and transmits gait data to a patient's personal base station at home, and then to a cloud-based platform. Surgeons can evaluate a patient's recovery progress by comparing preoperative mobility metrics captured by mymobility, with postoperative gait metrics collected by Persona IQ.

"Persona IQ advances our vision of creating a seamlessly connected suite of digital health and robotic technologies to deliver objective data to clinicians throughout the surgical journey," said Bryan Hanson, Zimmer Biomet CEO. "We now expect that Persona IQ will be the first in a broader portfolio of smart implant technologies in various orthopedic surgery applications."

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