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FollowKnee Technology Also Suited for Hip and Shoulder Replacements
GRENOBLE, France – Dec. 16, 2021 – CEA-Leti, a CEA microelectronics research institute, will introduce a smart, integrated multi-sensor system for knee implants at CES 2022 that can help surgeons more accurately position the implant, dramatically reduce risk of follow-up surgery, and enhance rehabilitation.
Called FollowKnee, the patented system integrates a deformation sensor, a pH sensor, a temperature sensor and an accelerometer in a titanium tibial baseplate.
A more accurate implant fitting is achieved via the deformation sensor and accelerometer that guide the surgeon during the operation. In a world's-first application connecting a pH sensor with living tissue, the system's pH and temperature sensors detect infection early, while the deformation sensor and accelerometer also trigger an alert if they detect mechanical problems, such as loosening of the implant. Those two devices also enhance rehabilitation by helping physiotherapists adapt therapy for knee-implant recipients.
"Accuracy is vital in knee-implant surgery,” said Dr. Eric Stindel, an orthopedic surgeon at Brest Hospital, France, and a member of the project team. “By integrating the deformation sensor and the accelerometer, this innovative architecture gives both the surgeon and the patient peace of mind for a successful operation and follow-up.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.