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Subject: Re: Hospitals beginning to tout research results Date: 2/1/2013 3:19 PM
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I don't want readers here to leave with an impression that there has been any type of long term superiority proven for this robot. That does not mean it ISN'T superior, it just means it is not proven. Right now it is new, expensive, a good idea, and perhaps it is better also, but we don't know that.

Agreed Gator and I point I made numerous times on the old NPI board. There is no proof of superiority in performance and one might surmise that the "proof" is years away as the joint failure rates are not very high with standard joints as it is.

But that said, it also seems pretty clear that the MAKO delivers more "precision" in joint replacement (hips or knees). I wonder on what basis this "precision" is measured......is there a reproducible measurement that any observer would agree is the very definition of precise? That would every orthopedic surgeon preplan the exact replacement/resurfacing such that there is no inter-surgeon variability?

Also, are you in academics and if so:

1) Why do you believe more academic institutions are not all over the MAKO?

2) Do you personally know anyone doing MAO and their experience with it?
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