New Jersey-based Morristown Medical Center has begun offering Persona IQ, which is claimed to be the first and only smart knee implant in the world that is specifically designed for total knee replacement surgery.

The facility noted that the first total knee replacement surgery with Persona IQ was performed by orthopaedic surgeon Dr John M Dundon in New Jersey.

Persona IQ combines the Persona The Personalized Knee implant with implantable sensors to measure gait metrics such as range of motion and walking speed.

The implant wirelessly transmits data to a personal base station at the patient’s home, which is then securely delivered to a HIPAA-compliant cloud-based platform accessible by the patient and their surgeon.

Persona IQ works with mymobility, a remote care management platform that tracks mobility metrics before and after surgery.

Morristown Medical Center claimed that this development makes it the first in the US state and among the pioneers globally to provide this innovative technology.

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Morristown Medical Center orthopaedic surgery chairman Dr James C Wittig said: “We’re excited to now offer Persona IQ to our patients considering knee replacement surgery.

“Offering the latest innovations and technology available in orthopaedics supports our goal to provide optimal outcomes for our patients.

“Persona IQ will allow surgeons access to objective movement data directly from the implant post-surgery and use that data to track their patients’ recovery remotely.”

Dundon added: “Early results and responses from my patients have been incredibly positive. Patients are extremely receptive to the increased connectivity it provides between their recovery and the patient care team.

“The increased engagement between the patient and physician has helped to provide meaningful information to reduce the anxiety of patient compliance and progress in between in-person visits.”