New and Improved Mako Surgical Product
A new and improved version 2.0 of Mako Surgical’s ground-breaking robotic technology for orthopedic surgeons was unveiled at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery meeting in Las Vegas this year, allowing orthopedic patients a less-invasive alternative to total knee replacements, in addition to numerous other advantages.
“The field of medical robotics is coming of age, and MAKO is commited to leading the way in orthopedic surgery,” said Dr. Maurice R. Ferre, President and CEO of MAKO. The new technology also allows partial knee resurfacing to be performed on the patellofemoral portion of the knee, in addition to the medial portion, MAKO said.
The release comes on the heel of the release this month of a special issue of the American Journal of Orthopedics devoted to robotic unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. The issue featured some articles devoted to the discussion of the MAKO robotic technology.
The robotic technology, known as the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, is a far cry from traditional methods of using mechanical guides, saws and external jigs to guide a surgeon’s hands, surgeons said.
The first generation of the MAKO robot is in use in 17 commercial sites, and over 700 patients have benefited from the use of MAKO’s first device.