The battle of surgical robots
Updated: Mar 24, 2020
According to JAMA, 15% of general surgeries are now performed with a robot. Beyond Intuitive's da Vinci, Medtronic, J&J, Siemens Healthineers, Stryker and Zimmer Biomet are joining the race.
Intuitive's da Vinci surgical Robot was approved for general surgery 20 years ago. Now, well know medtechs are joining to extend the reach of robots in multiple interventions, from joint replacements to bariatric surgery: Medtronic, J&J, Siemens Healthineers, Stryker and Zimmer Biomet are joining the race.
While robot-assisted surgery was relatively rare 10 years ago, it may be going to become common place. As JAMA has just shown last month, 15% of general surgeries in the US are now performed with the help of a robot.
While Intuitive has enjoyed limited competition until now, investments in surgical robotics are increasing and competition is heating up.