Medical Robotics Magazine

The first and only commercial feature medical robotics news magazine, founded February 2007 by John J. Otrompke, JD, consultant and publisher


Medical Robotics Magazine is the world's first and only commercial feature news magazine devoted to all aspect of the medical robotics industry- including robotic surgery, physical therapy robots, hospital orderlies, and other topics related to robotic medicine. As a feature magazine, Medical Robotics features interviews, business news, conference coverage and editorials, as well as a generous portion of articles written by noteworthy robotics surgeons as well as clinical trials reports. MR has been on-line since 2007, and first appeared in print in January of 2008 at the annual meeting of MIRA (the Minimally Invasive Robotics Association) in Rome, Italy. Medical Robotics Magazine is copyrighted, features a nascent Board of Editorial Advisors, and is indexed by the U.S. Library of Congress. All contents (c) 2011 John J. Otrompke, JD Contact: John J. Otrompke, JD 646-730-0179

Friday, February 27, 2009

New and Improved Mako Surgical Product

By John Otrompke

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.

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