Jury still out on superiority of orthopedic robots, Johns Hopkins surgeon says

Carly Behm -  

Julius Oni, MD, a joint replacement specialist, said he's excited by robotic technology and how data analytics can be used to improve care. 

Dr. Oni, medical director of orthopedics at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, discussed the promise of robotics on the "Becker's Healthcare Spine and Orthopedic Podcast."

This is an edited excerpt. Listen to the full episode here.

Question: What are some of the most interesting new technologies and platforms that you're seeing come out today? 

Dr. Julius Oni: I think with joint replacements, some of the robotic platforms that are being used or presented to us recently are very interesting, and they're certainly going to help us do the surgeries that we do better. I think it's certainly the future. It's going to help us not have to guess at all and to place implants in exactly the positions that we really want to place them in. 

What's most interesting about robotic platforms is that they are going to really give us a lot of data about the surgeries that we've done, and by evaluating that data, we will be able to better serve our future patients. I think the jury is still somewhat out on the superiority of clinical outcomes with robotic surgeries versus conventional surgeries. But certainly I think we will see what the long-term data show, and certainly we will be able to get a lot more information from these surgeries and hopefully fine-tune the surgeries and make them even better in the years to come. 

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