Bringing data to the operating table

The ROSA robotic system allows surgeons to measure a patient’s specific anatomy to personalize the surgical approach.

Zimmer Biomet’s ROSA robotics system helps orthopedic surgeons be more accurate and precise

For many patients, orthopedic surgery is a quality-of-life saver. It can relieve pain and restore function to their bones and joints, helping keep them active—whether it’s running a 5k or simply getting dressed by themselves every morning. But highly complex surgeries such as joint replacements often are guided by surgeons’ experience and intuition. For instance, surgeons may know they want a certain incision to be made at a 40-degree angle, but when they make the cut, they judge the position with their eye.

Medical device company Zimmer Biomet recognized an opportunity to inject more accuracy, precision, and consistency into orthopedic surgery through the use of robotic tools. “Robotics bring objective measures to the table,” says Liane Teplitsky, president of global robotics and technology and data solutions at Zimmer Biomet. “It brings data that the surgeons can use to understand exactly why they’re doing what they’re doing.”

Zimmer Biomet created its ROSA robotic system to help orthopedic surgeons perform precise procedures and improve patient outcomes via data analytics. After being approved by the FDA for use in knee replacement surgeries in 2019, ROSA—which stands for “robotic surgical assistant”—gained approval for hip replacement surgeries in 2021. The introduction of robotic tools to improve the hip replacement process aims to deliver better results to the roughly 450,000 patients in the U.S. who have these surgeries every year. That’s a key reason why Zimmer Biomet earned a spot on Fast Company’s list of the world’s Most Innovative Companies.

By Fastco Works | Fast Company

Image Credit: Zimmer Biomet


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