What's new with total joint replacements?


Here are eight updates regarding total joint replacements that orthopedic leaders should know:

Milestones and wins

  • Christopher Palmer, DO, a Missouri-based orthopedic surgeon, performed more than 2,000 robotic joint replacements using Stryker's Mako robot — more than anyone else in the state.
  • Indiana (Pa.) Regional Medical Center successfully completed 500 joint replacement surgeries with the Mako SmartRobotics system.
  • Dallas-based United Surgical Partners International reported joint replacement procedures at its surgery centers jumped 20% year over year in the fourth quarter and were up 15% for the full year.

New centers

  • ASC developer and manager Compass Surgical Partners is collaborating with the Advanced Joint and Spine Institute Orlando to open a new Orlando-based ASC that will offer total joint replacements.

Organizations adding new robots

  • Berlin-based Central Vermont Medical Center added a Stryker Mako robot for total joint replacements.


  • Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health struck a new partnership with the Terre Haute-based Indiana Joint Replacement Institute.


  • Stryker is recalling 143 units of its Triathlon total knee system.


  • Two studies presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon's 2024 conference examined the impact that the drug semaglutide, which is sold as Ozempic to treat Type 2 diabetes and as Wegovy for weight loss, could have on patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty.

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