DePuy Synthes Strives for Knee Restoration

DePuy Synthes Strives for Knee Restoration

MPO's Sean Fenske speaks with Andrew Ekdahl of DePuy Synthes about the company’s quest to achieve knee restoration rather than replacement.

By Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief01.11.22
In this episode of Medtech Matters, a podcast focused on the medical device manufacturing industry and the factors impacting it, we speak with Andrew Ekdahl, worldwide president of joint reconstruction at DePuy Synthes. He offers insight on the company’s approach to knee replacement, blending a number of technologies to achieve a restoration. Ekdahl also speaks to the impact newer innovations, such as robotic-assisted surgical technologies and data driven solutions, have on knee implants. Specifically, the following questions are addressed.

  • I understand DePuy is taking a different approach to total knee replacement. Instead, it’s being looked at as knee restoration. Can you explain what that is and why the differentiation in language?
  • How is data driven technologies being used to help with this mission?
  • What’s happening in terms of implant development? Are the implants changing to meet with this effort?
  • To further enhance this mission to restore the knee, how is personalized medicine (a term we hear often) playing a role here?
  • How does this effort meet with the needs (and wants) of surgeons? Is this speeding up surgical procedures?
  • What about the instrumentation? Any changes and/or advancements in that space?
  • What is this leading to? Where is DePuy headed in terms of the knee, joints, or the larger orthopedic space?

Listen to this episode and see what you think of DePuy's knee restoration strategy. If you’d like to share thoughts, ask questions, or suggest a future participant for Medtech Matters, please reach out to me at sfenske@rodmanmedia.com.

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