About

Operativ offers state-of-the-art surgical instrumentation and disposables specifically designed for minimally invasive joint replacement surgery. Operativ products are surgeon-designed, lab-tested, and held to the highest standards, ensuring reliability and reproducibility. As a majority of joint replacements will be transitioning to the outpatient environment, Operativ offers universal instruments that require fewer trays, reduced storage, less burden for central sterilization, which ultimately reduce costs for facilities. Operativ also offers consultation and training for the use of instruments and navigation systems to help facilities achieve optimal outcomes for both patients and facilities.

Mission

  • Uphold the Gold Standard of total joint arthroplasty
  • Improve safety
  • Improve patient outcome
  • Reduce costs
  • Improve surgeon provider experience

History

Operativ began as a research laboratory founded by practicing orthopedic providers in 2005. The impetus was to investigate novel surgical methods with the goal of improving the patient and provider experience, reducing costs and improving efficiencies in the OR.  We sought to accomplish this through enhanced instrumentation, MIS surgical techniques as well as through training and education for surgical teams.

Originally named Evergreen Orthopedic Research Lab, it soon began developing its own instruments and grew into a national training center to teach surgeons the new techniques it was developing. By 2010, the company had trained more than 200 surgeons, patented several instruments and filed a patent on its iKnee surgical procedure. The company was renamed Operativ with introduction of its comprehensive iKnee platform.

Operativ’s products are designed by orthopedic surgeons for orthopedic surgeons.

The iKnee Revolution

Today, as those we’ve worked with from all over the US can attest, the unique MIS iKnee™ Universal Instrument System quickly benefits ASC’s by reducing storage/inventory and room setup.  It requires less instrument trays which reduce the burden on central sterilization department aiding in quicker turnovers and more cases done per day. This ultimately reduces costs, allows increased volumes and improves efficiencies.

Operativ has spent the last decade learning and mastering surgical techniques and poured this knowledge into the development of the iKnee Method along with the MIS iKnee™ Universal Instrument System.  The surgical technique and universal instruments provide the surgeon with a platform that can be utilized with any implant system. This platform is a safe and effective approach to total knee arthroplasties.  The MIS iKnee™ Universal Instrument system has many advancements to the benefit of the patient, surgeon and facility.

The iKnee™ Universal Instrument System will:  

  1. Minimize the number of instrument trays needed for total knee surgery
  2. Allow for improved efficiencies in the OR because the same set of instruments will be utilized for each surgery no matter which implant is used
  3. Decrease cost of the surgery as the facility will have fewer trays to wash, wrap and sterilize as well as implant commoditization and decreased implant costs
  4. Improved throughput of total knee replacements in the ASC setting. The MIS iKnee™ Universal Instrument System is a platform that will make the transition from hospital based total knees to ASC based total knees simple and efficient while maintaining the gold standard of joint replacement surgery.

At Operativ, we are advancing outpatient joint replacement surgery with the MIS iKnee™ Universal Instrument System and supporting products that are tailored to the specific needs of surgeons and their teams at outpatient surgery centers – that is, to improve efficiency, reduce cost and enhance outcomes.  

Operativ offers state-of-the-art surgical instrumentation specifically designed for minimally invasive total knee replacement surgery. Operativ products are surgeon-designed, lab-tested, and held to the highest standards, ensuring reliability, reproducibility and familiarity with the end user.  

Operativ also offers consultation and training for the use of computer navigation and the disposable instruments.  We want to help facilities achieve optimal outcomes for both patients and facilities. The surgical instruments range from many styles of precision threaded, fluted and smooth pins, to MIS retractors and instrumentation used in MIS computer navigated total knee replacements.

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