33% of orthopedic surgeons to use robotic systems by 2018: 6 things to know

Written by Mary Rechtoris | September 12, 2016 | Print  |

As technology continues to advance, surgeons are increasingly using robotic-assisted technology for hip and knee replacements, according to Star Tribune.

Here are six things to know:

 

1. Nearly 33 percent of orthopedic surgeons are expected to utilize robotic systems by 2018, a RBC Capital Markets report found.

 

2. Currently, the report found nearly 18 percent of orthopedic surgeons use robotic systems.

 

3. Two primary reasons surgeons are not using these systems include insufficient scientific evidence and robotic systems' escalated costs.

 

4. In 2015, Stryker sold 72 Mako systems, making the company among the key vendors in the market.

 

5. Additionally, Medtronic, also a key player, had sales reaching $645 million in traditional spine devices and plans to improve its MazorX system.

 

6. In the United States, there are currently 75 Navio systems, which Blue Belt Technologies constructed. Smith & Nephew acquired Blue Belt Technologies in 2015.

 

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