Robotic surgery is taking off: Here’s what you need to know

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Why our grandkids will laugh at today’s surgical robots

For the last 10 years, if anyone mentioned robotic surgery or surgical robots, 95% of the time they meant the da Vinci robot from Intuitive Surgical. “That product has been so dominantly successful that almost everybody who talks about it is talking with that as their reference point,” said Roger Smith, chief technology officer for

These big medtech names performed the best in early 2017

Fink Densford, Associate Editor and Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor This year so far has been an especially good one for medical device company stocks. More than four-fifths of the world’s 100 largest medical device companies saw their stock values increase during the first quarter of 2017 – about half enjoyed double-digit percentage increases, according to an analysis

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Phecda is world’s first robot-assisted upper cervical vertebrae surgery

Chinese surgeons implanted a screw to support a neck bone with the help of a robot in what they’re touting as the world’s first upper cervical vertebrae robot-assisted surgery. The Beijing Tinavi Medical Technology robot, named Phecda, was used to assist the surgeon at Beijing Jishuitan Hospital. Phecda is a surgical robot that has a

How surgical robots are creating super surgeons

Faster than a scalpel-wielding hand, able to snake to hard-to-reach surgical sites in a single bound—future surgeons will be super surgeons, all thanks to robotics. Alistair Fleming, VP Medical at Sagentia In many industries, the advance of robotics has created worries about robots supplanting humans. But in the world of surgery, the next generation of

Donald Trump: What medtech’s top executives are saying

For the most part, the medical device industry’s top executives have sounded positive about the new Trump administration and Republican Congress during recent earnings calls with analysts. Some such as Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky have even offered advice. And while there are many open questions, top executives insist potential repeal and replace of

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11 surgical robotics companies you need to know

Fink Densford, Associate Editor Robotic surgery is taking off, and the field is becoming increasingly diverse. We’ve collected information on the biggest players in the field so far. Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot remains the premier surgical robotics company, with other companies including Stryker and Zimmer-Biomet only getting into the field in recent years. Read on

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Intuitive Surgical expects slowdown in da Vinci sales growth

Intuitive Surgical beat Wall Street expectations with its fourth quarter results, but company officials expect a slowdown in sales growth this year for da Vinci surgical robots. Intuitive Surgical earned $204 million, or $5.13 per share, off $386 million in sales during the three months ended Dec. 31, 2016, the company reported Tuesday evening. The fourth

Your next operation may be performed by a machine

If you can call something that’s been on the market for 16 years a trend, then robot-assisted surgery is one of the hottest in medtech. Pioneered by Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci abdominal surgery device, which hit the U.S. market in 2000, today almost no medical specialty lacks an entrant with a robot-assisted platform. As with