Depth Fine Tuning of knee cartilage with CARLOยฎ

How cold laser ablation could change knee joint surgeryย 

Initial research indicates that CARLOโ€™s cold ablation ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ could improve a variety of orthopedic procedures in the future, including partial and total knee replacements. We call it โ€˜reverse 3D printingโ€™: The ability to remove bone or cartilage volumes of any shape could enable surgeons to create ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐๐ฌ for a better fit of existing products and the potential for entirely new anatomical implant concepts.

Laser Osteotomy with cold ablation by AOT

ยตCT analyses show that CARLO can produce smoother surfaces and sharper edges than existing instruments. There is no mechanical pressure when you cut with light and, compared to mechanical tools, CARLO generates less thermal trauma and causes less microdamage which can lead to better healing. Therefore, CARLO could create more even implant beds, resulting in balanced force distribution and enhanced implant-to-bone contact, while preserving the bone biology. ๐…๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐๐ž๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ could potentially be treated with a small key-hole access for a minimally invasive surgery.

But precisely reshaping bone surfaces could not only lead to a ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ญ, it might also allow for novel implant designs with increased primary stability for cementless fixation. So, CARLO offers unique advantages for patient-specific treatment of focal defects and unilateral as well as total knee arthroplasty: in the future novel and unique ๐š๐ง๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ฌ of implants could be utilized earlier in the course of the disease, preserving more bone and allowing follow-up revision surgeries in case of progressive disease.