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Calypso Knee System
October 29, 2022

Moximed’s Calypso Knee System is a cutting-edge shock-absorbing implant designed for those with osteoarthritis. Calypso Knee System is designed to alleviate pain and restore knee function by replacing worn-out cartilage with a synthetic prosthesis.

The ultimate goal of this shock-absorbing implant is to postpone or eliminate the necessity for a traditional knee replacement procedure. The Calypso Knee System is an outpatient technique that preserves the knee joint, with the potential to lessen the need for surgery and the associated costs and recovery times.

Despite the encouraging results shown so far, the Calypso Knee System is still in its infancy and requires additional clinical testing before it can be made generally available.

Yet, new treatments that can halt the progression of knee diseases give patients hope.

How the Calypso Knee System Works?

The Calypso Knee System is effective because it cushions the knee, protecting it from additional injury. The cylindrical implant cushions the knee and relieves pressure, just like natural cartilage would.

Subcutaneously worn, it provides support for the knee in a manner analogous to that of a traditional brace. The Calypso Knee System provides anti-wear protection, which stops the cartilage in the knee from degrading anymore and extends the knee’s useful life. Surgery is required to implant the Calypso Knee System on the outer aspect of the knee. The patient’s remaining joint is not compromised while this device offers internal support.

Calypso Knee System is intended for people with mild to moderate arthritis alone. People with advanced cases of knee osteoarthritis will likely need more extensive surgical procedures to fix the damaged joint.

In the future, patients with osteoarthritis may have more treatment options if they are diagnosed and treated at an earlier stage.

What Causes Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a common cause of knee pain and stiffness, leading to immobility. Unfortunately, the specific cause is unknown.

Certain factors place people at higher risk of osteoarthritis, including:

  • Age: Older adults are at higher risk.
  • Overweight or obesity: Extra weight on the knee increases damage.
  • Bone deformities: Crooked bones or joints can cause issues.
  • Genetics: Osteoarthritis may run in families.
  • Health conditions: Diabetes and hemochromatosis are linked with osteoarthritis.
  • Injuries: New or old knee injuries can lead to arthritis.
  • Physical stress: Playing sports or your job can produce wear and tear.

Aside from surgical intervention, medications, physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage may be recommended to alleviate knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

Implanting the Calypso Knee System

The Calypso Knee System is implanted in an outpatient setting, and the procedure takes about an hour. The implanted joint unloader can be attached through a 4- to 5-inch incision on the knee’s outer side.

Calypso Clinical Trials

To treat osteoarthritis, the Calypso Knee System is relatively novel. Extensive clinical trials of this shock absorber were initiated in the fall of 2018 and are being funded by Maximized. About 80 people between the ages of 25 and 65 are taking part in the study.

Participants must have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or lower, weigh less than 300 pounds, and have experienced no relief from nonsurgical knee pain treatment discomfort after six months.

Participants in the randomized controlled study of the Calypso Knee System must have a WOMAC (Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index) pain score of 40 or above. In these tests, all sexes were welcome.

With the Calypso Knee System, researchers hope to track patients’ WOMAC pain and index scores for a full year. Researchers are monitoring the progress of patients, the occurrence of any unwanted effects, and the durability of the implant. In 2025, the trial will have run its course.

Although the Calypso Knee System is not yet widely accessible, there are other treatment alternatives besides a partial or total knee replacement.