The Washington Hospital Healthcare System, based in Fremont, California, has successfully performed the first surgeries using the TMINI™ Miniature Robotic System developed by orthopedic robotics innovator, THINK Surgical. The TMINI™ system is designed specifically for total knee replacement surgeries.
The TMINI system received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April 2023 and has now been commercially launched across the United States. This innovative system includes a wireless robotic handpiece that assists surgeons by compensating for their hand movements and precisely locating surgical instruments. It replaces many of the manual instruments used in knee replacement surgery.
What sets the TMINI system apart is its open implant library. Unlike other robotic platforms that are limited to specific implant brands, THINK Surgical’s system allows surgeons to select implants from different manufacturers. This flexibility gives surgeons the freedom to choose the best implant for each patient, enhancing personalized care.
Larry LaBossiere, Vice President and COO at Washington Hospital Healthcare System, praised THINK Surgical for their unique system and open implant approach. He stated that the TMINI system’s operating efficiency benefits both patients and providers, and the partnership with THINK Surgical allows for important data collection.
Dr. Alexander Sah, Medical Co-Director at the Institute for Joint Restoration at Washington Hospital, highlighted the significance of handheld technology in robotic surgery, especially for new users and outpatient centers. He emphasized that this innovation would lead to exceptional outcomes for knee replacement patients.
Stuart Simpson, President and CEO of THINK Surgical, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration with Washington Hospital Healthcare System. This partnership aims to make the TMINI system accessible to more surgeons and patients not only in the United States but also worldwide.
THINK Surgical, Inc. is a U.S.-based technology innovator that specializes in the development and marketing of orthopedic robots. Their open platform robots support implant brands from multiple manufacturers, allowing surgeons to choose the most suitable implant for each patient.
Sources: THINK Surgical, Inc.