Exactech Acquires XpandOrtho (Ortho Spine News)

Exactech Acquires XpandOrtho

UF startup Exactech, a developer and producer of bone and joint restoration products and biologic solutions for extremities, knee, and hip, announced that it has acquired XpandOrtho, a designer of soft tissue balancing instruments for knee replacement surgery. Exactech plans to incorporate XpandOrtho’s technology to enhance its ExactechGPS® computer-assisted surgery system, the only navigation system that supports both shoulder and knee replacement.

Managing a patient’s soft tissue is an important aspect of knee replacement surgery. XpandOrtho received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017 for an electronic, soft tissue balancing instrument for total knee arthroplasty. The intra-articular device uses multiple sensors within the knee joint to guide soft tissue balancing. The device uses a novel pneumatic-based bellows system, which wirelessly communicates with a display to provide the surgeon gap balancing feedback throughout the knee’s range of motion.

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