This week on The Bleeding Edge of Digital Health, host Mike Moore is joined by Patrick Jamnik, president of Episurf Medical Inc,. to talk about joint replacement procedures and the challenges surrounding this crucial surgery. How can we know when it’s the right time to get it done? The line between going in too early or putting it off too long is not so well defined which is a concern for both patients and surgeons. No patient wants to go through joint replacement surgery only to learn they must go through it again a year or so later. Listen as both Mike and Patrick talk about personalized orthopedic implants, 3D image processing, Episurf products, reimbursements, and more importantly how their software is one decisive step toward surgeons and patients making a key surgical decision at the right time.Notable Quotes“We call these damage marking reports. So, a patient will go and get a 3D MRI using a protocol that we designed, and it will produce a couple of different things back for them. So, what our damage marking reports will do is map out the entire sort of cartilage surface and show the surgeon just exactly where the problem spot is and how severe the problem spot is.” – Patrick (16:15)“They don't have the right supportive kind of adjunctive patient selection tool. That's where we see our software capabilities as really providing that supportive function to help in their patient selection journey where they know ahead of time when they go into the surgery.”– Patrick (35:20)In This Episode(01:20) The origins and evolution of Episurf Medical and how he got started.(06:50) The use case of the technology currently on the market for surgeons and patients.(09:46) Expanding on biologics and STEM cell treatment.(14:44) The right time to get a knee replacement.(16:05) Diving into 3D MRI imaging assessment.(22:37) On developing an emotional connection with the patient.(23:11) What procedure does Episurf make implants for?(30:17) Talking about a toe product in development.(32:40) Talking reimbursements and separate codes.(33:50) Other companies doing similar work.(35:56) The digital solution validates the decision for patients.Our GuestPatrick Jamnik is the president of Episurf Medical Inc., a Stockholm-based company that specializes in the treatment of painful joint injuries and is an industry leader in individualized technology. Patrick is passionate about helping surgeons treat the middle-aged "gap patient" who doesn't yet need a joint replacement or fusion.
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