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Pioneering new orthopaedic invention gets worldwide distributor and US launch

Orthopaedic specialists Voyant Health have agreed to manufacture and distribute a pioneering new invention by the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) which could save the NHS thousands of pounds and improve efficiency for orthopaedic surgeons worldwide.

KingMark, a new measurement system for hip replacement joints was developed by UHCW orthopaedic surgeon Mr Richard King in collaboration with Professor Damian Griffith at the University’s Warwick Medical School. Voyant Health will officially launch the new system at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Annual Meeting next week.

Over 55,000 hip replacement operations are undertaken each year in the UK alone, with current estimation of replacement hip size only being correct in around 30% of cases.  KingMark, a non-intrusive, accurate system which is particularly useful in measuring larger patients, will lead to much less wastage and more efficiency and time savings for orthopaedic surgeons.  It may also have potential for spinal work and trauma implants as well as other joint replacement operations.

Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at Warwick Medical School, Professor Damian Griffin said: “KingMark has removed all of the uncertainty about scaling digital radiographs for hip replacement. Our radiographers find it easy to use and I can be confident that the measurements I make on scaled radiographs are correct. It is now unusual for my pre-operative templating not to be exactly right.”

The business collaboration was brought about by Warwick Ventures, the commercial arm of the University of Warwick responsible for the commercialisation of the university’s intellectual property.