Exactech’s Truliant Knee System offers a comprehensive portfolio of implants and instrumentation to help surgeons address the remaining clinical challenges of total knee replacement. The goal of the ergonomic instrumentation design is to help surgeons make accurate and consistent bone cuts and adjustments to the joint during total knee arthroplasty. The designs embody Exactech’s brand strategy and offer surgeons a reproducible and efficient experience through:
- Texturing and blue accents which indicate touch points for adjustability and functionality,
- Elegant black background for high-contrast markings and easily identified grip locations,
- Dials that offer tactile and auditory feedback with every click, and
- Textured surfaces on handles and specific points which provide a secure grip and accommodate mechanical and functional needs of the user.
The industrial design project, a first for the company, was led by Exactech’s knee business segment. According to Laurent Angibaud, director of knee and CAS engineering at Exactech, “Merging customer input with solid design principles, our industrial design and technical engineers optimized the function and appearance of new instrumentation to improve user experience, which is core to our surgeon-focused culture. This award demonstrates Exactech’s commitment to developing solutions to address real clinical needs.”
Design Team Surgeon Sudheer Karlakki, FRCS (Orth) at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom commented: “Truliant provides a harmonious balance of both functional improvements and format enhancements with a color scheme that aligns with the Exactech brand. An important design emphasis was placed on users being able to pick up any instrument and easily get a sense of its important working features. With its ergonomic and intuitive design intentions, surgeons and hospital staff should have an instant connection to the system; that is the real beauty of Truliant.”
Surgical teams across the country have been experiencing the benefits of Truliant through the system’s initial rollout and first cases. According to Tomas Nemickas, MD of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, “My impression of the new Truliant system is that Exactech has done a fantastic job at fine-tuning a new set of instruments to allow for a more predictable and reproducible outcome. The award is well deserved and demonstrates what I have experienced firsthand with the Truliant Knee System.”
Certified Surgical Technologist Mary Joy Tanada from Stanford University said, “I was unbelievably surprised with the ease of use and simplicity of the Truliant instrumentation. The tools are well balanced in surgeons’ hands and easy to understand. The system is modular and organized into four trays that are all interchangeable based on needs of the case, making it streamlined and efficient for the entire surgical team.”
IDEA is a premier international design competition sponsored annually by the IDSA and judged by renowned design experts from around the world. The 2017 competition attracted hundreds of entries from 54 countries on six continents.