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SX-One MicroKnife Sonex Health startups

The SX-One MicroKnife [Image courtesy of Sonex Health]

Sonex Health

Rochester, Minn.

Founded: 2014

Sonex Health officials are touting a strong “value” argument behind their SX-One MicroKnife with Meerkat Technology. The SX-One MicroKnife treats carpal tunnel syndrome in a novel fashion that allows carpal tunnel release — a procedure that once took place in an operating room — to instead be performed in a surgery center or office setting. The result, according to the company, is faster patient recovery and reduced costs.

The system enables surgery to take place through a single micro-incision under ultrasound guidance.

Drs. Darryl Barnes and Jay Smith at Mayo Clinic, along with business operations expert Aaron Keenan, started the company in 2014. The device has presently been used in more than 700 cases, with a goal to reach 1,000 cases by the end of 2018, Barnes told Medical Design & Outsourcing. The company projects significant growth in 2019.

Barnes said the goal is for the SX-One MicroKnife to be the “least invasive and safest way to perform carpal tunnel release with the fastest recovery.” He sees Sonex Health becoming a leader in micro-invasive ultrasound-guided surgery.

Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor

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