ConforMIS releases its improved iTotal G2.
ConforMIS is fully aware that the first generation of a product isn’t perfect. Last year it released its iTotal TKR in a limited capacity. During that time, the company gathered surgeon feedback and used the data to further tweak the device. "Our experience has been that to have a product that is appealing to a broad range of surgeons, you need to make sure that the you give them the ability to perform surgeries in the way they prefer," said Jong. "The limited release allows us to get that feedback in a controlled way, using a broader group of surgeons than the developer surgeons. The changes incorporated into the G2 launch reflect that feedback, gathered from surgeons with different training and different approaches."
The result is the iTotal G2, which has now been launched into broad commercial release. Improvements to the system include developing an implant that addresses a broader range of anatomies—obesity is a growing problem in the United States, and some patients were too large for ConforMIS’s first generation iTotal device.
"The G2 system provides surgeons with additional information in their surgical planning images, incorporates implant modifications to allow them to use the iTotal on a broader range of their patients, and has instrument changes that allow better visualization, fewer steps to the surgical technique, and more options for the surgeon," says Jong. "Each change is quite small but together, they make for a comprehensive update to the system."
What's the ideal TKR from the orthopaedic surgeon perspective? Jong Lee says surgeons want a TKR that:
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