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Stryker Crosses 100,000 Robotic Procedure Milestone

Biloine W. Young • Fri, June 16th, 2017

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Stryker Orthopaedics celebrated a milestone when surgeons performed the 100,000th robotic-arm assisted procedure in the U.S. using the Mako system. "This milestone demonstrates strong continuing acceptance of this technology and highlights how together with our customers we are creating the future by growing the robotics market," said Bill Huffnagle, president of Stryker's Joint Replacement Division.

Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient's anatomy. According to company statements, the Mako System also enables surgeons to modify the surgical plan intra-operatively. It also assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

Earlier this year Stryker launched its robotic-arm assisted application, Mako Total Knee, for use with the Triathlon Total Knee System. Stryker officials say that this distinguishes the Mako System as the first robotic technology that can be used across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements—treatment options which are designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis.

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