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Homegrown medical technology now available in first public Canadian hospital

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Kitchener, ON –  Intellijoint HIP surgical navigation is now available at Humber River Hospital for orthopaedic surgeons.

Intellijoint Surgical is extremely proud to announce the first sale of its flagship product, Intellijoint HIP to a public hospital in Canada.  Intellijoint Surgical was founded in 2010 and is based in Kitchener, Ontario, where it develops and commercializes surgical planning & navigation solutions for total hip and knee replacement surgeries.

Humber River Hospital performs over 600 total hip replacements every year and will begin using Intellijoint HIP immediately. Intellijoint HIP will be available to all orthopaedic surgeons performing total hip arthroplasty at Humber, enabling the public medical healthcare landscape in Canada with this kind of technology for the first time.

“Intellijoint HIP will alleviate the need for additional fluoroscopy and diagnostic imaging arms in an already backlogged system due to Directive 2, which halted all non-essential surgeries due to COVID-19. This will allow for efficiencies at Humber River as we begin scheduling hip surgeries once again.” Says Jhanvi Solanki, Program Director of Surgical Services at Humber River Hospital.

Dr Sebastian Rodriguez-Elizalde, a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon at Humber River Hospital remarks “The Intellijoint system allows for accurate cup placement and leg length corrections to the degree and millimetre. This open platform technology is simple to use, takes minutes to set up and allows for surgeons to stop using intra-operative X-rays.”

Offering Canadian medical technologies for Canadians is a major achievement for the public healthcare sector given the challenges with procurement. This success story is thanks to the Humber River Hospital Foundation and its generous donors.  Intellijoint HIP has been licensed by Health Canada since 2015 and has already been used in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan with tremendous success.

More and more surgeons are adopting technology in their operating rooms for the benefit of their patients.  Intellijoint HIP (IJH) is a novel navigation device that integrates with surgeons’ existing workflows and implant choices with affordable fee-per-use or capital purchase models.  IJH provides real-time intraoperative measurements for accurate implant alignment, as well as leg length and offset restoration for a total hip replacement. IJH does not add any surgery time and has proven results with over 20,000 procedures performed around the world.

Patients at Humber River Hospital undergoing total hip arthroplasty can now access this innovative modern technology that enables efficiency and improved outcomes.

"We are very excited about this first sale to a public hospital in Canada,” states Armen Bakirtzian, Co-founder and CEO of Intellijoint Surgical, “this 7-year journey is a testament to our team’s persistence and dedication to deliver the benefits of our technologies to Canadians. We are thankful to Humber River Hospital and the Humber River Hospital Foundation for their commitment to exceptional patient care.”

Intellijoint Surgical is the proud anchor resident of the Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX), a medical technology hub dedicated to supporting scaling Canadian MedTech companies.

“This milestone is celebrated by MIX, partnering MIX companies and the entire MedTech ecosystem. It is MIX’s hope that this is just the first of many adoptions in the Ontario health system by MIX companies” states Elliot Fung, Executive Director with MIX.

About Intellijoint Surgical
Intellijoint Surgical® develops and commercializes surgical planning & navigation solutions for total hip and knee joint replacements, as well as digital patient engagement for all orthopaedic specialties. It is committed to improving patients’ lives by providing every surgeon with effective, easy-to-use technology to manage the entire episode of care. Intellijoint’s technology is used by top orthopaedic institutions and surgeons globally.  For more information on Intellijoint Surgical visit www.intellijointsurgical.com.

PR Contact
Lisa Kawalez, Sr. Manager, Marketing Communications, Intellijoint Surgical
[email protected]

About MIX
We provide Canadian scaling MedTech companies with what they need; relevant and industry specific mentorship and advice, and the tools to succeed.  MIX isn’t a typical technology hub. MIX is a network of like-minded, Canadian medical and health technology companies who share the same vision and purpose; to grow their business in their own backyard, support patients and clinicians with truly innovative solutions and pay-it-forward by helping other MedTech companies grow and succeed.

PR Contact
Elliot Fung, Executive Director, MIX
[email protected]

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