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Cutting guides for total knee arthroplasty
Stryker Orthopaedics’ ShapeMatch Cutting Guides
(A) have received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use with the company’s Triathlon Total Knee System. The single-use guides are designed and manufactured from patient-specific three-dimensional (3-D) imaging data derived from magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography scans. ShapeMatch technology uses proprietary 3-D imaging software to develop a customized preoperative surgical plan for each patient. After surgeon approval, the plan is then used to develop cutting guides for the individual patient.

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System protects air at surgical site
The recently FDA-cleared Air Barrier System™ (ABS) from Nimbic Systems is designed to reduce surgical incision site contamination caused by microorganisms during orthopaedic joint replacement and revision procedures. Using proprietary technology, ABS reportedly creates a highly localized zone or “cocoon” of protective air at the surgical site that isolates the incision from ambient air and prevents the bacteria present in the operating room atmosphere from reaching the surgical site, without disrupting surgical procedures or impeding access to the incision area.

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