Surgical Robotics Technology

Stryker Expands Mako SmartRobotics Footprint to Reach More Veterans and Military


Global medical technology company, Stryker, has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the United States military by working with VA and military hospital systems across the nation to provide innovative technology to those who care for veterans and individuals serving our country. Most recently, Stryker successfully completed Mako SmartRobotics™ placements in every VA hospital across one of the 18 Veterans Integrated Services Networks (VISNs), offering patients an advanced treatment option for knee and hip joint pain. This is the first VISN-level placement agreement Stryker has executed.

“Our team is comprised of 100% veterans, and we are truly passionate about advocating for our brothers and sisters to provide them with effective treatment options for joint pain,” said John Murray, senior director, government sales for Stryker. “Our mission is to make Mako SmartRobotics™ the standard of care across VA and military hospitals throughout the nation.”

Mako SmartRobotics™ is the only robotic platform that offers 3D CT-based planning, Accustop™ haptic technology, and insightful data analytics and has demonstrated better outcomes for total hip, total knee, and partial knee patients.1,2,3,4

“Over one in three veterans have arthritis5, one of the most common chronic conditions facing this population,” said Murray. “Our team is honored to be able to provide these deserving patients with access to this advanced technology and a treatment option to help get them back on their feet and enjoying day-to-day activities.”

Stryker’s passion for supporting veterans and active military members is exemplified through a number of initiatives. Recently, Stryker announced a $55,474 donation to K9s For Warriors, the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to American veterans living with military-related trauma. Through its “Own the Walk” initiative, Stryker partnered with Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) and pledged to donate $1 for every walk issued to a batter during the 2021 regular season. Stryker has been a committed partner of K9s For Warriors since 2015, having sponsored 31 service dogs to date — the largest number by any corporate partner.

It is important for those living with joint pain to speak with their healthcare professional about which treatment plans may be appropriate for them. To learn more about joint health treatment options, please visit

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  2. Mahoney O, Kinsey T, Mont M, Hozack W, Orozco F, Chen A. Can computer generated 3D bone models improve the accuracy of total knee component placement compared to manual instrumentation? A prospective multi-center evaluation. Poster presented at: 32nd Annual Congress of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA); October 2-5, 2019; Toronto, Canada.
  3. Illgen RL, Bukowski BR, Abiola R, et al. Robotic-assisted total hip arthroplasty: outcomes at minimum two year follow up. Surg Technol Int. 2017;30:365-372.
  4. Kleeblad LJ, Borus T, Coon TM, Dounchis J, Nguyen JT, Pearle AD. Midterm survivorship and patient satisfaction of robotic-arm-assisted medial unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: a multicenter study. J Arthroplasty. 2018;33(6):1719-1726. doi:10.1016/j.arth.2018.01.036.

Source: Stryker.

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