Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, will launch its DYONICS PLAN Hip Impingement Planning System at this week's American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting in New Orleans. Unlike standard imaging tools, DYONICS PLAN is a revolutionary 3D software system that allows surgeons to visualize, assess and generate a comprehensive surgical report for each patient's unique Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) surgery before that patient ever enters the operating room.

"Performing impingement surgery in the hip without the report is like putting in a total knee without cutting guides," says Dr. Bryan Kelly of New York, NY. "DYONICS PLAN takes the guesswork out of every case."

DYONICS PLAN provides a standardized and repeatable way of assessing hip impingement treatment options based on data from low-dose CT scans. The software, which is easily installed on a surgeon's computer, also allows for interactive adjustments based on a surgeon's clinical experience.

Using the DYONICS PLAN 3D model of the patient's joint, a surgeon can perform variety of dynamic range-of-motion (ROM) simulations to identify the degree and location of hip impingement. The ROM feature can also be used to individualize a surgical plan based on a patient's lifestyle or sports-specific motion, or to assess impact of different surgical strategies on patient outcomes. Once finalized, the system generates a comprehensive surgical plan than can be exported into either HTML or PDF format.

"DYONICS PLAN offers surgeons the ability to understand and address a patient's hip impingement on a level that goes beyond anything possible with standard imaging tools," explains Brad Cannon, President, Endoscopy, Trauma and Extremities for Smith & Nephew. "Because it tells a more complete story about each patient's impingement and how best to surgically treat it, it also provides an exceptionally visual tool for patient communication."

DYONICS PLAN was designed in conjunction with four of the leading surgeons in hip arthroscopy: Dr. Asheesh Bedi of Ann Arbor, MI; Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd of Nashville, TN; Dr. Bryan Kelly and Dr. Christopher Larson of Edina, MN.

Surgeons can see a demonstration of DYONICS PLAN at the Smith & Nephew booth at this year's AAOS meeting (#5229 in Hall G) or by visiting

Note: FAI is a condition where the bones of the hip are abnormally shaped. Because they do not fit together perfectly, the hip bones rub against each other and cause damage to the joint, including cartilage damage and bone spurs.