NYU Langone Health Orthopedic Surgeon Performs First Surgery Using New Wireless Surgical Camera

NOTYU Langone Health today announced the completion of the first orthopedic surgery in the United States using a completely wireless camera system. Orthopedic surgeon Laith M. Jazrawi, MD, performed knee arthroscopy to correct a patient’s knee joint condition at the NYU Langone Orthopedic Center, using state-of-the-art Food and Drug-approved ArthroFree System technology Administration (FDA) of the United States in March.

The patient, a 65-year-old man with a displaced meniscal fragment causing a locked knee, is recovering well. He is expected to return to paddleball in two weeks.

“We are proud to be the first medical center to use this innovative new technology which enables more efficiency and flexibility in the operating room,” says Dr. Jazrawi, Head of Sports Medicine Division in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. “Using new types of advanced surgical technologies exemplifies our mission to bring patients the latest advancements in orthopedic surgery to improve outcomes and overall satisfaction,” he said.

Arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive and one of the most common orthopedic procedures performed in the United States. Involving the insertion of a tiny surgical camera through a small incision made by the surgeon, it has become standard for many procedures. Traditional arthroscopy has involved the use of wired surgical cameras, which require different power sources and light strings.

The ArthroFree system from Lazurite, an Ohio-based medical technology company, is the first completely wireless camera for arthroscopy and general endoscopy to receive marketing clearance from the FDA. The system eliminates the need for power and lighting cords, making setup and teardown easier, reducing costs, and enabling more ergonomic and efficient surgical movements.

Dr. Jazrawi is currently recruiting patients in a new study to investigate the benefits and capabilities of the wireless camera over the traditional system. The results are expected in 2023.

NYU Langone is ranked among the top 5 hospitals in the nation for orthopedics by US News and World Report. Its orthopedic surgeons perform more than 23,000 procedures a year and the service has more than 200 faculty experts in orthopedics.

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