Product Review: Curexo Robodoc Active Orthopedic Surgical Robot
June 18, 2014 | Evaluations & Guidance
The Curexo Robodoc orthopedic surgical robot is used during total hip arthroplasty (THA) to mill the femoral canal in preparation for implant placement. The Robodoc is an active robot, meaning that the surgeon supervises the robot's actions intraoperatively (e.g., pause, stop, recalibrate) but cannot physically control the actions of the robot. In this scenario, each patient's operation is uniquely planned and programmed. Here's what the evidence says about this product's performance, along with a rundown on how it's used, what training is required, and any reported problems.
The manufacturer's claim: Improved accuracy and less variance in the femoral canal milling location
The evidence: Studies indicate that compared to traditional THA, the Robodoc system increases the accuracy of intraoperative femoral canal milling. However, there are no long-term studies (i.e., 10 or more...