When a global medical technology leader went looking for orthopedic surgeons to help test new instruments and surgical techniques for one of its knee replacement systems, Harry Schmaltz, MD, with Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute, was on its short list.
In the multibillion-dollar joint replacement industry, a company needs to make sure what its engineers design works as intended in the operating room. It needs to make sure its procedures are clear and easy to understand in real-world conditions. It’s critical for approval from regulators and success in patients. “You need both sides of the equation to get any device to work well,” Schmaltz says.
LVHN is not identifying the medical technology company in this article because of the pending Food and Drug Administration (FDA) application process.