PQMD Members Johnson & Johnson and Operation Smile Develop New Surgical Instrument Set

Designed to enhance surgical performance and patient care for cleft lip or cleft palate repair

For the past 30 years, Johnson & Johnson and Operation Smile have shared a powerful vision to care for the world’s most vulnerable children and adults.

Over the past three decades, Johnson & Johnson has provided nearly $25 million in monetary and product donations to Operation Smile. Ethicon, Inc., part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, is the exclusive provider of every suture used during Operation Smile surgical missions. In 2015, Johnson & Johnson renewed its dedication to the organization, committing an additional $25 million in financial and product contributions to Operation Smile through 2020.

DePuy Synthes, Inc. Tissue & Palatal Retractor Instrument Set (Courtesy Operation Smile)

The most recent partnership initiative began in 2016 when engineers from DePuy Synthes, Inc., part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, worked with Operation Smile to develop a new surgical instrument set designed to enhance surgical performance and advance the standard of care for patients undergoing surgery for the repair of cleft lip or cleft palate. The Tissue & Palatal Retractor Instrument Set provides a single source of 23 commonly used instruments for the surgical repair of cleft conditions. The newly designed set can potentially drive operating room efficiency during Operation Smile medical missions by simplifying the selection and sterilization of necessary instruments.

At the end of the two-year project, DePuy Synthes, Inc. donated 80 Tissue & Palatal Retractor Instrument Sets to Operation Smile. The newly designed sets were unveiled during an event on April 26 at Operation Smile Global Headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During the event, Operation Smile employees along with representatives from DePuy Synthes, Inc. assembled the instrument sets, and lead engineers on the project explained the unique features and design. Continuing a legacy of excellence, the sets will enhance surgical performance and advance the standard of care for patients worldwide.

Representatives from Operation Smile and DePuy Synthes, Inc. unveiled the new instrument sets at Operation Smile HQ in April. L to R: Dr. Bill Magee, Co-Founder and CEO, Operation Smile; Peter Fatone, Senior Product Development Engineer, DePuy Synthes, Inc.;Ray Schmitt, Senior Product Director, DePuy Synthes, Inc.; and Kristie Porcaro, Senior Vice President, Global Philanthropy, Operation Smile. (Courtesy Operation Smile)

“We are grateful to the dedicated and visionary team from DePuy Synthes, Inc., who recognized an opportunity to enhance our ability to provide safe and effective surgeries for our patients,” said Operation Smile Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Bill Magee. “Their creativity and collaborative spirit has resulted in a first-class instrumentation for use in all soft tissue surgical needs worldwide,” he added.

About Operation Smile: Operation Smile has provided hundreds of thousands of safe surgeries for those born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. With more than three decades of expertise, Operation Smile creates solutions that deliver free surgery to people where it’s needed most.  As one of the largest medical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile has mobilized thousands of medical volunteers from a wide range of medical specialties from more than 80 countries. Operation Smile engages public-private partnerships to advance health care delivery, train local medical professionals to provide surgical care for patients in their communities, donate crucial medical equipment and supplies, and increase access to surgical care so that everyone living with cleft is treated. Visit www.operationsmile.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About DePuy Synthes, Inc.: DePuy Synthes, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, provides one of the most comprehensive orthopaedics portfolios in the world. DePuy Synthes solutions, in specialties including joint reconstruction, trauma, craniomaxillofacial, spinal surgery and sports medicine, are designed to advance patient care while delivering clinical and economic value to health care systems worldwide. For more information, visit www.depuysynthes.com.