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KALAMAZOO, Michigan— A few days ago, Stryker’s Instruments division announced the launch of the Stryker F1 Small Bone Power System, providing surgeons with a cordless, balanced, lightweight solution for procedures of the extremities. Until now, extremities surgeons have for the most part used cord-and-console setups.
While a console delivers the requisite power for working with small bones, it also comes with unavoidable compromises. Consoles reduce maneuverability, may break the sterile operating field and with multiple components, can make both operation and troubleshooting less efficient. The Stryker F1 System allows for the elimination of cords, hand switches and consoles, and provides a much more efficient way to perform distal extremity procedures.
The Stryker F1 system has a small footprint, making it a great addition to both hospitals and surgery centers, and provides an all-inclusive, non-anodized container with two tray inserts to hold every component in the system. This allows SmartGRIP Control Modules to be sterilized in multiple ways, allowing facilities to choose the sterile processing option that best meets their needs.
The Stryker F1 System is powered by SmartGRIP Technology. Surgeons have the choice of two unique gripping styles - the pencil or pistol-style SmartGRIP. Each SmartGRIP is a lightweight, well-balanced battery control module that contains lithium ion cells and enables the surgeon to operate three micro saws, a micro drill, and a universal motor for inserting k-wires and drilling. The five motors and three attachments are interchangeable between the SmartGRIP Control Module, allowing surgeons to choose their specific approach.
Each SmartGRIP Control Module can remain on the shelf unused for 30 days, without losing power and performance. The module provides consistent power and uptime, contains insulation to increase resistance to thermal damage during exposure to high temperatures throughout sterilization, and includes a battery indicator light to display SmartGRIP Control Module status information.
In addition to delivering procedural efficiency, the Stryker F1 System will connect to Smart Equipment Management (SEM), a new online data module designed to help optimize the management of Stryker's smart devices through device-derived, actionable data. The Stryker F1 System pairs exclusively with the Resurfacing Tool, an innovative cutting accessory that provides a reduced level of chatter, increased cut accuracy, and increased cut speed when compared to a 4.0mm fluted egg bur. The 2.5mm egg resurfacing tool had an equivalent cut speed when compared to the 4.0 mm fluted egg bur under test lab conditions, using a bone substitute.
Stryker is a leading medical technology companies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The company offers innovative products and services in Orthopedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. The Stryker F1 system provides the necessary power to complete the indicated procedures, using the gripping style that is most comfortable for the surgeon and allows them to operate at their best.