Dr. Tyler Steven Watters Implants First Ever Smart Orthopaedic Device In North Carolina

May 12, 2022 | Tyler Steven Watters, MD

Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic is excited to announce that Dr. Tyler Steven Watters, a Raleigh Orthopaedic physician specializing in total joint replacement, became the first surgeon in North Carolina to implant a smart orthopaedic device the Persona IQ® smart knee implant. Sensor technology within the implant records and wirelessly transmits a wide range of gait data including step count, walking speed, stride length, and calculated range of motion. This advanced, state-of-the-art technology allows the patient to track their progress during recovery and take a more personalized and active role in their rehabilitation.

The long-term data collected by the implant is securely delivered to a HIPAA compliant cloud-based platform and can be accessed by the patient and the surgeon. Persona IQ® will work together with mymobility® by Zimmer Biomet, an intuitive remote care management platform that tracks pre- and post-operative mobility metrics. Persona IQ® is the world’s first and only smart knee implant granted De Novo status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for total knee replacement surgery.

Raleigh Orthopaedic is proud to offer this new, innovative technology to our patients.

To learn more about the Persona IQ® smart knee implant, please visit: https://www.zimmerbiomet.com/en/patients-caregivers/persona-iq.html


Dr. Watters is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon experienced in adult reconstructive joint replacement surgery, focusing on total hip replacement, total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and revision surgery.

He attended Pepperdine University for his undergraduate degree, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He then attended Duke University School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency training at Duke University Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Watters went on to complete an adult reconstruction fellowship at Colorado Joint Replacement, the premier hip and knee replacement center in Denver, Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

Dr. Watters has authored numerous research publications in many of the top journals in orthopaedic surgery, including the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, The Journal of Arthroplasty, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and The Bone and Joint Journal, among othersDr. Watters is a candidate member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Watters, please call (919) 781-5600.


Your well-being is important to us. Raleigh Orthopaedic is Wake County’s oldest and most experienced orthopedic practice, serving the Triangle and surrounding regions of central North Carolina since 1919. Raleigh Orthopaedic offers online scheduling so click the button below or call us at (919) 781-5600 to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists. If your injury or condition is recent, you can walk right into one of our Raleigh Orthopaedic Urgent Care locations for immediate care. For rehabilitation and physical therapy, no referral is needed to see one of our physical therapists.