New York hospital adds latest Stryker robot for joint replacements


Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y., has become the first hospital in the region to offer the Mako SmartRobotics system for joint replacements, reported June 18.

Mako SmartRobotics fuses 3D preoperative planning, haptic technology and data analytics to improve outcomes for total hip replacements and partial and total knee replacements.

The system is designed to prevent soft tissue damage and for greater bone preservation.

"With Mako SmartRobotics, I know more about my orthopedic patients than ever before, and I’m able to make more calculated incisions," David Newman, MD, of Samaritan Orthopedics, told the news outlet. "During surgery, I can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm as I execute that plan."

Recent clinical trials have demonstrated that robotic-assisted partial knee replacement results in greater accuracy for implant placement compared to manual procedures.

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