The Surgical Robot Marketplace: Competitors to the da Vinci Available in the United States

July 8, 2020 | Evaluations & Guidance


Since the first da Vinci surgical robotic system launched in 2000, robotic-assisted surgery has been mostly associated with Intuitive Surgical. But despite Intuitive's dominance, other companies have entered—or are trying to enter—the surgical robotics marketplace. Once general-purpose robotic surgery competition takes a firmer seat, it could likely serve to drive the cost of robotic-assisted surgery down, via lower operating and per-procedure costs. This could potentially allow smaller hospitals with fewer resources to implement robotic-assisted surgery programs.

Here, we review two systems that have come onto the market in the past few years: Medrobotics's Flex system (Medrobotics Corp. 517293) and TransEnterix's Senhance system (TransEnterix Inc. 455345).

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