Thursday, May 21, 2020
Smith+Nephew, the global medical technology business, today announces the launch of its new JOURNEY II Unicompartmental Knee (UK) System. Built on the heritage of one of the most clinically successful partial knees, and paired with proprietary OXINIUM™ Technology, JOURNEY II UK is designed to help patients rediscover their normal life.
JOURNEY II UK provides a highly personalized approach to partial knee arthroplasty, via a modular, two-tray configuration, which may drive value and cost reduction in sterilization costs through a reduced OR footprint and instrumentation that can be customized to match a familiar surgical flow.
Through the introduction of a lateral-specific tibia baseplate and an increased size range for femoral components and medial tibia baseplates, the JOURNEY II UK System provides a unique opportunity to optimize bone coverage in both the medial and lateral compartments of the knee.
"The updated instrumentation presented by the JOURNEY II Unicompartmental Knee System, paired with the increased range in implant sizes and a lateral specific baseplate, makes it easy to reproducibly perform well-balanced medial and lateral unicompartmental arthroplasties," said Dr. Tad Gerlinger, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.
Unicompartmental procedures may result in a reduction of cost to payers, via decreased implant and procedure costs, compared to total knee arthroplasty. When paired with Smith+Nephew's innovative enabling technologies, the JOURNEY II UK's two-tray footprint is reduced and may offer healthcare providers increased value in a comprehensive solution to unicompartmental knee procedures.
"Our JOURNEY II Unicompartmental Knee System brings a much-needed solution to the partial knee space. Our customers want it because partial knees enable faster recovery and improved functionality for their patients," said Skip Kiil, President of Orthopaedics at Smith+Nephew. "Adding to these benefits, JOURNEY II UK is also designed to deliver high patient satisfaction."
Smith+Nephew's JOURNEY II UK System is now available in North America and Europe for partial knee applications.