9 Ways Robots Are Getting So Much Better

s-aolcdn-com_12For several years, surgical robots in the medical device space were limited to giant arms that surgeons could control remotely. Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot has been used for gynecological procedures since 2005, and surgery using the robot remains the most common approach used for hysterectomies in the United States. Stryker’s Mako surgical system recently earned the regulatory green light for performing total-knee replacement surgery. (It previously was approved for partial-knee-replacement surgery only.)

But there’s so much more going on in robot research these days.

Medical and surgical robots are getting smaller and, in some cases, autonomous. The field of micro- and nanorobotics is growing so much that The Journal of Medical Robotics Research in Europe is planning a special issue on it. Its call for papers includes topics such as microrobot-assisted surgical systems—and micro- and nanorobotics for cell engineering, biological fluids and tissues, and surgery and therapy, as well as in-situ targeted/controlled drug delivery.

In case you missed them, here are nine more recent robotic advances you should know:

By Nancy Crotti | Qmed

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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