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Medrobotics Corp. recently received US FDA 510(k) clearance for its Flex Robotic System for transoral head and neck surgery, a market estimated at roughly $1 billion in the US alone. Although Medrobotics is only the second company to bring a robotic soft-tissue surgical system to market in the US, other novel systems are in development, including a unique robotic system for needlescopic procedures.
Beaten down by the great recession, the large joint arthroplasty market appears to be on the cusp of a turnaround, with several big players reporting encouraging Q4 and full-year 2012 results. A full recovery in this space is likely to take some time, but technology advances could help jumpstart the process, and there may be some interesting dynamics ahead in the patient-specific implant and robotic ortho device arenas.
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