DePuy Synthes has announced a worldwide commercial agreement with Blue Belt Technologies, a global medical technology company specializing in enabling technologies for orthopedic surgery. The agreement will enable orthopedic surgeons to use the SIGMA HP Partial Knee System with Blue Belt’s Navio surgical system.

SIGMA HP, combined with Navio surgical system for orthopedic surgery, has the potential to help minimize surgical disruption of healthy tissue while enabling more precise implant placement through minimally invasive incisions. The Navio System combines CT-free navigation software with a hand-held, computer-controlled bone shaping tool that is designed to bring a high degree of implant placement accuracy along with soft tissue balancing benefits.

Today, approximately seven percent of all knee replacement patients worldwide are treated with uni-compartmental knees. The SIGMA HP Partial Knee is a modular system specifically designed to allow uni-compartmental, bi-compartmental (unicompartmental tibiofemoral with patellofemoral) or staged replacement of the knee joint, meaning surgeons can match the implant specifically to a patient’s disease state to retain healthy bone, cartilage and ligaments.