DOST showcases PH-designed knee replacement

August 1, 2016


by The Manila Times



HOME-GROWN KNEE REPLACEMENT Staff of Orthopedic International, Inc. conduct hands-on training on surgical techniques using various instruments of the Axis Knee System. The Philippinedeveloped knee replacement system will lower costs and reduce the risk of implant failures for patients, accordingto the DOST. PHOTO DOST


A LOCALLY-DEVELOPED knee joint replacement system will soon lower cost and reduce the risk of implant failure for Filipino patients, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The Axis Knee Replacement System, which was developed by Orthopedic International, Inc. with funding from the DOST Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) was unveiled at an open house exhibit last week at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium.

Knee replacement surgery is a common orthopedic procedure that has been performed for more than 40 years around the world, and is considered one of the most successful procedures in terms of eliminating pain and reducing disability for arthritic patients, the DOST explained in a statement.

In a knee replacement procedure, damaged cartilage and bone are surgically removed from the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee and replaced with artificial components made of metal and plastic.

What is considered unique about the Axis Knee System, according to the DOST, is that it is a “total knee replacement system” that includes instrumentation and surgical techniques to enable surgeons to perform the procedure accurately and eliminate the possibility of implant failure.

According to Dr. Ramon Gustilo of Orthopedic International, Inc., the reason for the high cost of knee replacement procedures in the Philippines is that the implants are all imported from Europe and United States. Dr. Gustilo also pointed out that to qualify to perform the procedure, orthopedic doctors have to take specialized training overseas for one year.

Dr. Gustilo said that with the development and commercialization of the Axis Knee Replacement System, the cost of knee replacement procedures in the country can be drastically reduced because the components are manufactured locally.

Knee implants in the US and in Europe cost the equivalent of P100,000 to P120,000, while the Axis Knee System components will cost P60,000 to P70,000 in the Philippines.

Dr. Gustilo said that in order to perform surgeries with the Axis Knee System, orthopedic surgeons would undergo a five-day training session.

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May 24, 2018. Axis Knee System is Available Nationwide!

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Nov 22, 2017. Axis Knee System 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Aug 30, 2017. Dr. Ramon B. Gustilo recipient of 2017 UPAA Distinguished Alumnus Award in Medicine

Jul 17, 2017. Axis Knee System team awarded with Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award at NSTW 2017

May 04, 2017. POA 27th Midyear Convention

Mar 24, 2017. AAOS 2017 Annual Meeting at San Diego, CA

Nov 22, 2016. 67th POA Annual Convention

Nov 12, 2016. 22 surgeons attended Axis Knee System Training at POC

Oct 06, 2016. Orthopaedic International goes to THAILAND!

Sep 30, 2016. Axis goes to (Bicol) Access!

Aug 18, 2016. Filipino orthopedic surgeons begin use of modern, cheaper way of knee surgery

Jul 27, 2016. OII welcomed the Senior Citizens Association for a plant tour

Jun 16, 2016. Pinoy company now manufactures knee implants designed for Asians

Jun 01, 2016. No More 'Going Weak at the Knees'

May 19, 2016. Orthopaedic International clears way for conquering Osteoarthritis

May 18, 2016. Orthopedic global expert promotes PCHRD-supported technology “Axis Knee System”

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May 09, 2016. Locally Developed Knee Surgical Technique Puts Patient Back Into Life Mode

May 06, 2016. DOST-PCHRD Conducts Science Media Tour For Awareness On “Knee Replacement Surgery” Availability In PH

Mar 02, 2016. OII at the AAOS Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida

Nov 01, 2015. Joint effort propels development of ‘affordable’ knee replacements

Jul 27, 2015. DOST develops knee replacement at half the cost of regular treatment

Jul 22, 2015. Philippine firm makes knee implants affordable


Orthopaedic International, Inc.