Latest Mako Tech Fleshes Out Stryker's Robotic Joint Replacement Line But Cost Critics Still There
Stryker launched the Mako robotic arm-assisted total knee arthroplasty system at last week's AAOS annual meeting, making the company the first to offer a surgical robotic technology that covers the total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements. Critics, however, say the clinical outcomes do not necessarily justify the costs. Meanwhile, Stryker's orthopedic rivals, Zimmer Biomet and Smith & Nephew, also sought to highlight their own robotic offerings.
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Stryker is enjoying strong demand for its MAKO robotic surgery platform with plans to increase system placements and procedure volumes while working on a next-gen system that would enhance ease-of-use for surgeons and improve accuracy. The company also has plans to expand into other areas of focus, according to analyst reports from this year's AAOS annual meeting in New Orleans. Meanwhile, Smith & Nephew and Zimmer Biomet are trying to set themselves apart with their robotic technologies.
Market Intel: EU Ortho Close-Up: Rising, But Varying Orthopedic/Spinal Opportunities In 5 European Markets
A rising and more active aging population, and a growing incidence of osteoporosis fractures and back pain – as well as other spine-related issues – are paving the way for companies to bring innovative devices into the hands of orthopedic and spinal surgeons in Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK and France. In this feature, we take a closer look at the prevailing surgical approaches and techniques for selected fracture fixation, spinal surgery procedures, joint replacement, and arthroscopy procedures in each of the five major EU countries, as outlined in a new Meddevicetracker report. We also take a deep dive into the various growth opportunities of select procedures in each EU market and discuss trends.
Market Intel: Rivals Catching Up To Intuitive Surgical In Fast-Growing, Fast-Innovating Robotic-Assisted Devices Market
The global market for robotically assisted systems (RAS) is expected to reach $5.3bn by 2021, a CAGR of 11.7%. Meddevicetracker expects this hot market, long-dominated by Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci systems, to see rising competition from innovative companies developing robotic systems that are smaller, portable and less costly and offer surgeons innovative features that allow them to perform even more precise and user-friendly, complex surgeries. In this feature, we'll take a closer look at the overall market, highlighting the competitive landscape as well as limiters and growth opportunities. We'll also take a deep dive into RAS systems and their applications. Surgeons of various specialties provide key insights about the pros and cons of different systems.