Smith+Nephew expands reach of its Cori handheld robotic system

NOV 26, 2021

A year after Smith+Nephew (NYSE:SNN) launched its Cori handheld robotic system in the U.S., the ortho surgery system has launched globally.

The British medtech giant has expanded Cori’s reach to Europe, Australia and New Zealand, India, and Canada (just announced today). The company yesterday said the system was now available for use in the U.K.’s National Health Service.

Smith+Nephew designed Cori to be smaller and faster than its previous Navio system. Cori, according to the company, is a compact, fully mobile offering with a 3D intraoperative imaging system and an advanced robotic sculpting tool. The surgeon uses a pointer tool to digitally “paint” over the bone surface that needs to be removed. The surgeon then uses a handheld cutting tool that has a robotic feature that automatically halts the spinning of the tool’s burr if it’s outside the painted area.

The company first launched the Cori surgical system in 2020 in the U.S. after FDA clearance.

According to a news release, the robotic system gives surgeons a way to measure, plan and perform a knee surgery personalized to a patient’s individual anatomy in-theater. The company touts its platform as more compact than alternative robotic systems, with minimal set-up time and portability that optimizes the flow of patients through surgical units because it can be moved from theater to theater.

Dr. Tim Parratt, a consultant orthopedic surgeon at East Suffolk North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, and one of the first surgeons to use Cori in the United Kingdom, said in the release that the Cori system provides minimal disruption for staff and has advantages over a conventional kit.

“The Cori system enables every patient to have a knee replacement that is shape matched and aligned to their specific anatomy,” Smith+Nephew Managing Director for UK, Ireland & Nordics Simon Tarry said in the release. “We know that outcomes aren’t consistent in non-robotic surgeries and that one in five patients have issues following surgery. Our technology has evolved so that we can achieve a personalized fit to each individual patient.”

Dr. Douglas Naudie — an orthopedic surgeon and professor at Western University in London, Ontario in Canada — said he was excited to use the Cori system. “The handheld robot coupled with intuitive software helps to accurately size and position the components and optimize ligament balance. The entire system is efficient and portable – a welcome combination for a crowded operating room.”

This story originally ran on November 23, 2021. Updated to report on further Cori launches globally. Associate editor Sean Whooley contributed to this report.