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>> Pioneering surgery is seen robots fit people with new knees. Two main firms in championing the technology complete this snazzy promo videos.>> The NAVIO Surgery System->> The US based striker of Britain's Smith and nephew. Reuters Ben Hirsch has been looking at the developments.>> There's a great demand for new knees and hips as the sort of the baby boomer generation gets older.
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And also, even younger people have sports injuries, so there's an increasing need to replace joints, and we now have the technology to do that. But it's still a tricky operation, especially for a complicated joint like the knee.>> A robotic arm is being used to execute the wishes of a surgeon.
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Accuracy is the buzz word here.>> The surgeon accurately removes the damage bone surface using the robotic's assistance.>> Making the complex surgery, robots may involve less trauma for patients and faster recovery time. But their place in medical future isn't sewn up.>> The big clinical trials, we won't get the results of those for another couple of years.
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And depending on how successful they are, that's going to determine whether, the health care providers, insurances, governments, or whatever, whether they think this is a cost effective solution because these machines are not cheap.>> Robotic total knee replacements are now among the procedures on the operating table. Cost may decide whether they're given a clean bill of health.