Ortho Development® Partners with Naviswiss to Bring Assistive Technology to Orthopedic Surgeons and Care Centers in the United States

Ortho Development Corporation, a designer and producer of orthopedic implants and instruments for hip and knee joint replacement surgery announces a distribution partnership with Naviswiss, a Swiss-based technology company. The collaboration combines Ortho Development’s 29 years of clinical success in hip and knee arthroplasty and Naviswiss’ innovative miniaturized hand-held navigation solutions. The partnership offers orthopedic surgeons in the United States a tool for enhanced accuracy, predictability and documentation of outcomes.

Naviswiss Hip provides both landmark- and CT-based navigation. Naviplan, a pre-operative planning tool, enables reviewing and fine-tuning of the pre-operative plan. The plan can then be transferred to the Naviswiss System and used during surgery for controlled and accurate execution.

Naviswiss Knee provides accurate and straightforward navigation with axial alignment, resection depth and range of motion analysis.

Dr. Eric Slotkin, in Reading, PA, was the first surgeon to perform Naviswiss Hip cases with Ortho Development implants. He was also one of the first two surgeons to perform Naviswiss Knee cases as part of a limited release. Dr. Slotkin said, “I now have the opportunity to pair well-designed implants that I trust with enabling technology that I value. This combination allows me to provide the best orthopedic care to enhance patient outcomes.”

Naviswiss Hip will be commercially available with Ortho Development implants, including Entrada®, Ovation®, Ovation Tribute® and Legend® in Q2 of this year. The full U.S. launch of Naviswiss Knee is planned to be rolled out across orthopedic centers in the latter half of this year.

Brent Bartholomew, President of Ortho Development said, “This partnership with Naviswiss is our next step in offering surgeons, hospitals and surgery centers a comprehensive suite of efficient, cost-saving technology solutions. We are excited to couple our clinically proven implants with this groundbreaking tool for the execution of surgical workflows with enhanced accuracy and flexibility.”


“The Ortho Show” Features Dr. Pete Edwards & Prescribe FIT, Discusses Orthopedic Weight Loss

 Dr. Scott Sigman, host of “The Ortho Show” podcast, brought on Dr. Pete Edwards to discuss how he partnered with Prescribe FIT to help improve outcomes for his patients by focusing on root cause medicine, whole person health, and preventative weight loss.

Dr. Edwards is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with 30 years of experience. He is in private practice at Orthopedic ONE in Columbus. He has also been the team physician for the Columbus Crew for over 25 years and is a co-owner of the team.

Traditionally, orthopedists dedicate a significant amount of time to treating various parts of their patients. “We take care of these individual, small issues within a person’s life: Knee pain, shoulder pain,” said Dr. Sigman. “But we oftentimes forget that the knee is connected to the body.”

Informed by a master’s in public health and preventative medicine from The Ohio State University, Dr. Edwards’ unique philosophy is one of addressing the root cause of his patients’ orthopedic issues and focusing on preventative measures to improve their health outcomes.

This approach includes everything from injections to corrective insoles to topical CBD. Ultimately, Dr. Edwards makes sure his patients are aware that addressing their weight can make a critical difference as well.

Excess weight can both create and exacerbate musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and can lead to worsened surgery outcomes and recovery. For these reasons, one of the top recommendations by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) is weight loss.

However, with little time or knowledge to offer counseling himself, Dr. Edwards previously had no weight loss solution for his patients. Now, he enlists the help of Prescribe FIT and our full-service remote patient monitoring (RPM) program.

By working with Prescribe FIT’s team, Dr. Edwards said he can help his patients lose weight with little impact to his practice.

“It’s a part of our practice that will help them figure out how to lose weight, and it’s been super successful. People love it.” Dr. Edwards said. ”We can introduce (the patient) to a team that has… a health coach, a proprietary app… and a digital scale that talks to their cell phone.”

Dr. Edwards noted that one of the most important aspects of the program is patients’ interactions with their health coach. “They get this weekly call with their health coach who becomes their friend and their mentor, and really is the personal side which is so important to help these people develop an individual, personalized product that can help them lose weight.”

The physician and the practice can also be reimbursed for partnering with Prescribe FIT, creating a new ancillary revenue stream.

Ultimately, Dr. Edwards is convinced that a preventative weight loss service makes “good sense” in medicine. And due to his patient’s remarkable motivation, he said that their average weight loss is a sustainable 6% of their body weight in four months.

“That’s maintainable. It’s a lifestyle change. It’s not just a weight loss program,” added Dr. Sigman. “It’s a way of changing how you decide to live your life.”

To listen to the full podcast, visit https://theorthoshow.com/. Learn more about Prescribe FIT as well at https://www.prescribefit.com/practices/.

About Prescribe FIT:

Prescribe FIT is a full-service remote patient monitoring and lifestyle health solution that extends orthopedic care beyond the office to transform patient life(styles). With a focus on root cause medicine and whole person health, we help patients make small lifestyle changes that lead to decreased weight, reduced pain, and improved mobility.

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