Smith+Nephew unveils expanded Sports Medicine portfolio to enable biological healing at AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting

Monday, February 12, 2024 at 1:00pm UTC

12 February 2024

Smith+Nephew (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology company, announces the premiere of its newly acquired CARTIHEAL AGILI-C Cartilage Repair Implant alongside the REGENETEN Bioinductive Implant at the AAOS Annual Meeting, demonstrating its leadership with products that enable biological healing for Sports Medicine. Backed by impressive clinical evidence, both technologies are transforming the way healthcare professionals treat soft tissue repair and helping improve patient outcomes versus the current standard of care.1,2

CARTIHEAL AGILI-C Cartilage Repair Implant – a simple, single surgery to repair cartilage and restore bone
The CARTIHEAL AGILI-C implant is an accessible, one-step treatment for osteochondral (bone and cartilage) lesions that does not require donor tissue. It is indicated to treat a broad patient population, including traumatic, osteoarthritic and the approximately 700,0003 individuals who receive cartilage repair annually in the US. The implant has demonstrated proven superiority with twice the pain reduction1 versus the current standard of care* and has the potential to transform cartilage repair outcomes.

During its development, the CARTIHEAL AGILI-C implant received breakthrough designation status by the United States Food and Drug Administration – expedited review and approval for a product that could provide more effective treatment than existing alternatives and in the best interest of patients. It received premarket approval in 2022 and is now commercially available for sale in the US.

“I’ve already used the CARTIHEAL AGILI-C implant on a range of patients and have been very impressed with the clinical results,” said Sabrina M. Strickland, MD, orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. “What is most exciting is that this technology represents a paradigm shift in cartilage repair and bone restoration where a lot of patients that didn’t previously have a good option can now receive treatment.”


REGENETEN Bioinductive Implant – changing the game in rotator cuff repair and expanding applications
With more than 100,000 procedures completed globally since its introduction in 2014, the REGENETEN Bioinductive Implant has had a massive impact, offering a potentially better solution for more than 1 million4 people having surgery for tendon injuries each year. The collagen-based implant supports the body’s natural healing response to facilitate the formation of new tendon-like tissue to biologically augment the existing tendon and change the course of disease progression.2,5-10

A recently completed randomized controlled trial published in December 2023, concluded that at one-year, re-tear rates for medium and large full-thickness rotator cuff tears repaired and augmented with the REGENETEN Bioinductive Implant were reduced by 68%.3

REGENETEN Bioinductive Implant for Rotator Cuff Repair

The REGENETEN Bioinductive Implant is similarly redefining healing potential for Achilles injuries when used to augment insertional or midsubstance Achilles repair. The implant creates an environment that is conducive to healing and induces tendon-like tissue growth.†,‡,5  When coupling the unique properties of the REGENETEN Bioinductive Implant with Smith+Nephew’s new procedural offerings for Achilles injuries, the solution is unmatched within the Foot and Ankle segment.

REGENETEN Bioinductive Implant for Achilles Tendon Repair

“As a leader in Sports Medicine, we are committed to bringing emerging technologies that address unmet clinical needs to our customers and their patients,” said Scott Schaffner, President Sports Medicine, Smith+Nephew. “Both REGENETEN and CARTIHEAL AGILI-C implants have the opportunity to set new benchmarks for standard of care across multiple joint repair indications and deliver better patient outcomes.”

To learn more about Smith+Nephew’s offerings that enable biological healing including the CARTIHEAL AGILI-C Cartilage Repair Implant and the REGENETEN Bioinductive Implant, please visit the Smith+Nephew booth (#5469) at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2024 Annual Meeting from February 12-16 in San Francisco, CA.

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* microfracture and/or debridement
† The REGENETEN Bioinductive implant is cleared for use on any tendon where there is not substantial loss of tendon tissue. REGENETEN Bone Anchors are only indicated for use in rotator cuff repair. Published clinical outcomes are for rotator cuff.
‡ As demonstrated in vivo

About Smith+Nephew
Smith+Nephew is a portfolio medical technology company focused on the repair, regeneration and replacement of soft and hard tissue. We exist to restore people’s bodies and their self-belief by using technology to take the limits off living. We call this purpose ‘Life Unlimited’. Our 19,000 employees deliver this mission every day, making a difference to patients’ lives through the excellence of our product portfolio, and the invention and application of new technologies across our three global business units of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & ENT and Advanced Wound Management.

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