'It's changed my whole practice': Orthopedic chief lauds impact of robotic surgery

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Providence-based Ortho Rhode Island's Robert Marchand, MD, praised the effect of robotics on his practice 10 years after he completed his first robotic-assisted joint replacement at South County Hospital in South Kingstown, R.I., The Independent reports.

Dr. Marchand, chief of orthopedic surgery at South County Health, estimates he has performed more than 7,500 robotic-assisted surgeries since 2010, according to the report.

He is a consultant for Stryker's Mako robot and advised in the development of recent advancements such as partial knee replacement. 

"It's changed my whole practice," he told The Independent. "The robot now is highly accurate and highly precise and very protective of soft tissues and it does some really perfect things that I cannot do as a human."

In 2020, about 900,000 robotic-assisted surgeries were performed in the U.S., equating to about 5 percent of all surgeries, a medtech equity analyst with Goldman Sachs Research told the publication. That figure is projected to increase to 17 percent by 2030.

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