Orthopedic rankings, robotics & more: 6 key developments at Mayo Clinic during the pandemic

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Renowned for surgical care and treating patients with complex conditions, Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic operates in five states and provides care for more than one million patients a year. 

Here are six key developments at Mayo Clinic during the pandemic:

1. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mayo Clinic as the No. 1 hospital in the country for the fifth consecutive year. Mayo Clinic was also recognized as the No. 2 hospital in the nation for orthopedics and the No. 7 hospital for neurology and neurosurgery.

2. Mayo Clinic was significantly affected by the cessation of elective surgeries earlier in the year. The health system recorded a net operating income of $154 million in the second quarter of 2020, a decrease of 48.7 percent year over year. 

3. In July, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn., installed a Mako robot for hip and knee replacements, as well as a DaVinci Xi robot for urology, gynecology and general surgery procedures.

4. San Francisco-based digital health company Carrum Health added Mayo Clinic to its list of providers with Centers of Excellence for spine and joint care. Carrum Health patients will have access to orthopedic care at Mayo Clinic locations in Jacksonville, Fla., Scottsdale, Ariz., Phoenix and Rochester.

5. The 3D printing lab at Mayo Clinic's department of neurosurgery developed SpineBox, a 3D-printed simulator for education in spinal anatomy and pedicle screw placement. The technology aims to offer an economical and practical training method for orthopedic residents focusing on spine.

6. Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo, MD, PhD, completed the first shoulder arthroplasty procedure in July using Wright Medical's Blueprint Mixed Reality technology. The real-time visualization aims to help surgeons tailor shoulder joint replacement surgeries to their patients and reduce variability in outcomes.

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