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THINK Surgical Signs Agreement with United Orthopedic

The collaboration is to support THINK Surgical’s TSolution® Total Knee Application.

Orthopedic robotics business, THINK Surgical, has announced a collaboration with leading manufacturer of orthopedic implants and instruments, United Orthopedic Corporation USA. The collaboration is to support THINK Surgical’s TSolution® Total Knee Application following recent FDA clearance to use the U2TM Knee System with the TSolution One Total Knee Application.

Jay Yang, acting CEO at THINK Surgical, comments: “Combined with UNITED’s quarter-century reputation as a reliable manufacturer in the medical device space, THINK’s expertise in active robot technologies will offer surgeons more precision and accuracy as they perform personalized, robot-assisted total knee replacement surgeries.” Jay Yang continues: “This collaboration allows us to expand our commitment to surgeons, helping them to achieve the best possible outcomes for their patients.”

The collaboration will focus on harnessing the advantages of each company’s current pioneering technology: THINK’s TSolution One Total Knee Application, which features an active robot, and UNITED’s U2 Knee System. The combination brings additional value for orthopedic surgeons and hospitals seeking to acquire advanced active robot technology for total knee replacement.

“We are excited to be partnering with THINK Surgical to bring enhanced precision and innovation to the orthopedic market worldwide,” said Calvin Lin, president of United Orthopedic Corporation USA. “By combining THINK’s TSolution One Total Knee Application and UNITED’s U2Knee System, we’re working together to deliver cutting-edge accuracy for a proven comprehensive total knee arthroplasty solution. We continue to be committed to improving patient outcomes via innovation and strategic alliances.”

THINK Surgical’s TSolution One Total Knee Application combines two exclusive innovations in total joint replacement surgery. The system consists of TPLAN®, a 3D pre-surgical planning workstation and TCAT®, the active robot. The pre-surgical planning allows the surgeon to design and prepare, in a virtual environment, the patient’s unique joint replacement plan using a choice of implant options. Total joint replacement surgery involves removing the diseased knee joint and replacing it with a joint implant. During the joint replacement surgery, the surgeon implements the patient’s pre-planned procedure using the active robot, which prepares the joint according to the surgeon’s plan for precise placement of implants.

In February, Houston-based INOV8 Surgical became the first ambulatory surgery center in the nation and the first health care facility in Texas to offer patients undergoing total knee replacement the TSolution One Total Knee Application for use in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). 

“UNITED’s extensive implant sizing and disposable instrumentation, along with THINK’s expertise in active robot technologies is advancing orthopedic care,” said Stefan Kreuzer, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and founder of INOV8 Surgical and INOV8 Orthopedics. “The collaboration also adds another implant choice to the open platform from THINK Surgical.”

The U2 Knee System has been commercially available in the United States since 2006 and has been implanted in more than 140,000 surgical cases in 39 countries. The U2 Knee System provides surgeons with a simple surgical procedure and reduces the number of trays required from 6 to 1.5.

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