Many believe that robot-assisted surgery will transform how surgery is done and it will be a boon for both patients and surgeons.
One person who begs to differ is Philipp Lang, CEO of orthopedics company ConforMIS. The Massachusetts public company makes customized knees for people who are looking to get their knees replaced. ConforMIS uses the patient’s MRI or CT scans to create an implant that is for that patient alone fulfilling the company’s “One Patient One Implant” tagline.
That makes the company different from other orthopedic companies, large and small, that uses off-the-shelf implants of various sizes that surgeons can choose from when performing a total knee replacement. Even in robot-assisted surgery, where much of the variation is eliminated from standard total knee arthroplasty, the implants used are not custom.