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Blue Belt Technologies & Acibadem Healthcare Group Announces Formation of World-Class Orthopaedic Surgical Robotics Center and the First Clinical Navio Case Using the Smith & Nephew Journey Uni-Compartmental Knee System


August 3, 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey

ISTANBUL, TURKEY--(Marketwired - August 03, 2015) - Acibadem Healthcare Group, the leading healthcare services provider in Turkey, and Blue Belt Technologies announces the formation of an Orthopedic Surgical Robotics program as a leading global partner under Blue Belt Technologies' Center of Excellence program. Acibadem Healthcare Group has acquired two Navio® Surgical Systems for establishing both a clinical use program in its hospital group, as well as a world-class orthopedic robotics training and education offering as part of the Acibadem University CASE (Center for Advanced Simulation and Education) facility. The first clinical Navio case was performed by Dr. Alper Kaya at Acibadem Kadiköy Hospital on July 22. Blue Belt's Navio®system represents the next-generation in robotics-assisted orthopedics, having launched into the marketplace in Europe (July, 2012) and in the United States (March, 2013).

Using the Navio technology, to implant Smith & Nephew Journey Uni-compartmental Knee System, Dr. Kaya of Acibadem Kadiköy Hospital was able to offer robotics-assisted partial knee replacement surgery as an alternative to traditional total knee replacement surgery. The Navio system allowed Dr. Kaya to intra-operatively create a patient-specific surgical plan that precisely localizes the implant components and balanced the patients' soft tissue ligaments. He then utilized a hand held robotics-assisted instrument to accurately resurface the diseased bone to accept the partial knee replacement components.

Patients suffering from early to mid-stage osteoarthritis may benefit from partial knee replacement surgery which, as an alternative to total knee replacement, may deliver patients from surgery with less pain, shorter post-operative recovery periods, smaller incisions, and with their original cruciate ligaments intact.

"In the operating theatre, every step went very well and the final surgical result was successful. I hope the patient's long term clinical outcome will also be good and the results will be beneficial as expected. The Navio is a clearly understandable and a user friendly system for the surgeons who are experienced in unicondylar knee arthroplasty," says Dr. Alper Kaya, Assoc. Prof. Orthopaedic Surgery at Acibadem Kadiköy Hospital.

"We view this partnership with Acibadem University Hospital group as a first-class example of establishing relationships beyond our growing footprint in the US," says Eric B. Timko, President and CEO of Blue Belt Technologies. "As our first Center of Excellence in the region, we expect that this partnership will see both Navio-assisted clinical success and educational access for patients and surgeons from around the world."

Acibadem Healthcare Group

Acibadem Healthcare Group, the leading healthcare services provider in Turkey, offers highest quality diagnosis and treatment services in the most comfortable, safe and patient-oriented environments, employing the latest and best medical technologies. With its 16 full-service general purpose hospitals and 12 outpatient clinics, Acibadem serves with a team of over 14,500 dedicated professionals. Consistent growth since the foundation of its first hospital in 1991 has today rendered Acibadem the best known and most valuable health brand in Turkey and an internationally recognized and respected name. Since 2005, Acibadem hospitals and outpatient clinics have been accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), a U.S. based and globally accepted accreditation scheme dedicated to setting the quality standards in healthcare.

Blue Belt Technologies

Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. is developing the next generation of "smart" surgical instruments for initial use in orthopedic procedures. The Company's Navio® System incorporates patented technology to provide precise robotic control to surgeons via an intelligent, handheld, computer-assisted bone cutting tool. The Navio System provides the surgeon with a layer of safety and enhanced accuracy while performing bone shaping tasks through minimal incisions. The Company's STRIDE™ Unicondylar Knee system provides advanced implant features optimized for use with Navio.

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Adam Simone
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