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Robotic Surgery: da Vinci Versus The Ideal
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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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11/25/2013 | 11:00:46 AM
Competition needed in robotic surgery?
Do you think the kind of advances you're talking about would be more likely if there was competition in this market? Seems like that's at least a few years off. What's Intuitive's motivation to innovate on haptics?



Stephanie Kreml
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11/25/2013 | 3:17:22 PM
Re: Competition needed in robotic surgery?
Competition may help in progressing the technology, but there are many academic institutions working on these technical problems right now. I don't think Intuitive really has a need to push the integration of haptics at this point - many surgeons are able to compensate with stereoscopic visual feedback. I'm not certain that many other companies would be interested in entering this space with a similar form factor due to the limited types of surgeries that can be performed (those where the structures are fixed in place). Better miniaturization may change this.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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Alex Kane Rudansky,
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11/25/2013 | 12:11:07 PM
Mazor
How does Mazor's spinal surgery robotic tool "Renaissance" stack up?
Stephanie Kreml
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Stephanie Kreml,
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11/25/2013 | 3:10:06 PM
Re: Mazor
The Renaissance robotic tool is really a sophisticated image-guided jig. Mako makes a similar image-guided system, but relies less on physical jigs. They use the same retroreflective balls used by movie studios for motion capture to create a virtual jig to confine where the surgeon operates during some types of knee & hip operations.


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