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Bradenton health provider adds two surgical robots

Coastal Orthopedics now has three robotic systems operating in its outpatient surgery center in Bradenton.
Coastal Orthopedics now has three robotic systems operating in its outpatient surgery center in Bradenton.
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Two new surgical robots made their debut in Bradenton.

Coastal Orthopedics added the two bots to its current lineup, which brings the full-service health provider’s total to three surgical robots. The Bradenton-based organization provides comprehensive orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, spine care, pain management, diagnostic imaging and physical therapy service. Coastal Orthopedics did not disclose how much it invested into the robots. 

The new additions are robotic-assisted solutions. A spokesperson for the company says the robots did not replace any jobs, but instead supplement technology the surgeon uses during surgery. 

The CORI by Smith+Nephew, an England manufacturing company, provides technology that allows 3D models to be made of a joint during surgery so the surgeon doesn’t have to rely on CT or MRI scans. The solution can also be used for personalized surgeries with its real time planning capabilities that allows surgeons to tailor the procedure to a patient’s anatomy. 

The other solution, called VELYS by DePuy Synthes, a medical device company that was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 1998, helps surgeons visualize and predict joint stability while tracking bone position and helping surgeons make accurate cuts. 

“Robotic-assisted procedures are designed to provide optimal results for patients,” Dr. David Cashen says in a press release. “We are confident that robotics will continue to play a crucial role in orthopedic surgery and our team is committed to offering our patients the most recent advancements in technology to improve their quality of life.” 

The organization also uses a Mako unit that was designed by medical technology corporation Stryker for total and partial knee replacement procedures at Coastal’s outpatient surgery center. 

All three robots are currently in use at the outpatient surgery center in east Manatee County. The health care provider is based in Bradenton, but has hospital affiliations with HCA Florida Blake Hospital, HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital.



Amanda Postma

Amanda Postma is a business reporter covering Sarasota and Manatee counties. After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2018, Amanda was a reporter for a small-town newspaper in Missouri before becoming a marketing associate for a career resource startup in St. Louis.

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