BUSINESS WIRE: Medacta Unveils Two New Kinematic Alignment Options for Knee Replacement Surgery

BUSINESS WIRE: Medacta Unveils Two New Kinematic Alignment Options for Knee Replacement Surgery

Medacta today announced the FDA clearance for the GMK Sphere – Kinematic Alignment instrumentation and surgical technique for total knee replacement (TKR). The manual instrumentation and technique are components of the new Medacta Individualized Kinematic Alignment (MIKA) offering, which is based on the kinematic alignment surgical approach developed with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Howell, a pioneer in kinematically aligned total knee replacement at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial (Lodi, California).

The kinematic alignment technique aims to restore normal knee function by resurfacing the femur and tibial articular surfaces to those of the normal or pre-arthritic state. This approach is aimed at achieving patient satisfaction and function, while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissues and ligaments. Studies and patient outcomes are starting to create awareness that kinematic alignment may offer benefits for appropriate knee arthroplasty patients. 
 
“The kinematic alignment technique has potential for faster recovery, quicker return to normal activities overall, more comfort with the implant itself, and high long-term implant survival. The use of the caliper technique and the recording of intraoperative checks restores the native joint lines, limb alignment, compartment forces, and laxities of the pre-arthritic knee with high reproducibility with few ligament releases” said Dr. Howell, who has been practicing a version of the technique for over a decade. “In working with Medacta, we’ve put together a program that builds on the benefits of this surgical strategy while opening it up to even more surgeons looking to learn and practice the approach”.
 
“Medacta is committed to cutting-edge medicine and new surgical approaches that advance orthopedics, focusing on personalized medicine and improving the overall patient experience,” said Francesco Siccardi, Chief Executive Officer of Medacta International. “Our success in this area stems from our steadfast dedication to surgeon education, particularly around new strategies like Kinematic Alignment. Similar to how we disseminated the anterior approach to hip surgery through our AMIS education program, the MIKA procedure will be a new discipline within our M.O.R.E. Institute, as we look to bring this promising innovation – and all of its patient benefits – into the mainstream.”