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Blue Belt Technologies Announces First U.S. Sale of NavioPFS Surgical System
Date:1/31/2013

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., an innovative medical technology company that markets its NavioPFS™ precision orthopedic surgical system for unicondylar knee replacement, today announced the first sale of the NavioPFS system in the United States. Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA has a joint replacement program that is a designated center for excellence and is a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement. It is expected that Community Regional will establish itself as the first U.S.-based center for Blue Belt and begin performing Navio partial knee surgeries in February 2013 led by Dr. D. Kevin Lester .

"The Navio technology allows me to precisely plan and prepare the bone for partial knee replacements, making available a surgery that can positively impact a patient with mild to-mid stage osteoarthritis and knee pain," said Dr. Lester, an orthopedic surgeon at Community Regional. "The NavioPFS handpiece provides me precise control in a form factor that lends itself to easy integration into my operating room's traditional workflow. I am excited to be able to offer Navio knee surgery to my patients."

The NavioPFS system for unicondylar knee replacements utilizes an advanced CT-free intra-operative registration, planning and navigation platform to aid the surgeon in building patient-specific surgical plans. The computer-controlled hand piece assists the surgeon in preparing the bone with reproducible accuracy. Precision Freehand Sculpting, the underlying technology behind the NavioPFS hand-held technique, represents the next evolution in orthopedic robotic-assisted devices by re-emphasizing the importance of the surgeon in computer-assisted procedures.

"We are excited to announce this milestone just six weeks after receiving our FDA clearance in December, 2013. Com
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