Pixee Medical Makes History: World's First Shoulder Implant Surgery Using MR Guidance

Friday, September 01, 2023

Pixee Medical, a pioneer in augmented surgical guidance for joint procedures, proudly announces a groundbreaking achievement led by Dr. Antoni, supported by Dr. Dordain, at Strasbourg's Clinique de l’Orangerie in France. On August 31st, they achieved an unprecedented milestone—the first-ever shoulder implant surgery utilizing the cutting-edge Shoulder+ product, driven by advanced MR guidance.

Revolutionizing Orthopedic Surgery with Innovative Mixed Reality

Shoulder+ introduces an inventive navigation tool tailored for primary Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Seamlessly integrated into MS HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality Glasses, this remarkable software empowers surgeons with real-time, precise insights into the 3D positioning of implants within their visual field. This level of accuracy is achievable through sophisticated 3D tracking of surgical instruments, facilitated by Pixee's proprietary algorithms. A unique feature is the transparent capability, enabling surgeons to view bones through the skin during minimally invasive procedures, elevating surgical precision. Anticipated patient benefits following Shoulder+ surgery encompass improved implant positioning accuracy, translating to reduced prosthesis revision risks, enhanced joint functionality, and minimized post-operative discomfort. Watch the Shoulder+ video.

Dr. Antoni shared his thoughts: “Having been part of the product validation process, I eagerly anticipated providing my patients with this innovative solution, enhancing implant positioning accuracy compared to conventional surgical tools. Previously concealed scapula areas during shoulder prosthesis placement are now visible through the glasses, superimposed on the patient in real time. This added control enhances safety for both surgeon and patient. With its user-friendly design and absence of cumbersome hardware, this product seamlessly integrates into our daily practice.”

A Significant Milestone for Pixee Medical

Shoulder+ proudly boasts the CE marking and awaits FDA 510(k) clearance, marking a momentous achievement for Pixee Medical. Beyond expanding Pixee's portfolio to encompass a new joint, it introduces an innovative visualization platform. The journey continues with a limited release phase, paving the way for a global launch with emphasis on Europe, the United States, and Asia. The product's unveiling is scheduled for the upcoming ICSES congress in Rome. Active engagements with distributors and implant manufacturers who share the vision of improving access to top-tier shoulder implant solutions are currently underway.



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