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2017-03-14 14:00 CET
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Stryker enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with launch of Mako robotic-arm assisted total knee application

The first and only robotic technology that can be used across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements now available

Kalamazoo, Michigan - March 14, 2017 - Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) announced the commercial launch of the highly anticipated robotic-arm assisted total knee arthroplasty application for use with its Mako System at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting in San Diego. This latest advancement distinguishes the Mako System as the first and only robotic technology that can be used across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.

Mako Total Knee combines Stryker's advanced robotic technology with its clinically proven Triathlon Total Knee System ("GetAroundKnee"), enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.1 Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient's unique anatomy.  The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 673 percent by 2030,2 yet studies have shown that approximately 30 percent of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery.3 As this procedural growth materializes, surgeons will continue to seek clinical solutions that leverage technological advancements to improve their patient's satisfaction.

"We are excited to be leading the transformation of the orthopaedics industry with the commercial launch of the Mako Total Knee application," said Bill Huffnagle, President of Stryker's Joint Replacement Division. "We believe that pairing our Mako robotic-arm technology with our market leading implant systems will enable surgeons to have an improved surgical experience."

More than 83,000 Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, including total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements, have been performed through 2016.  More than 350 Mako Systems have been placed in the United States with over 1,400 Mako Total Knee replacements performed to date.

Stryker will showcase its latest technologies, including Mako, at AAOS (booth #3133) from March 15-17, 2017.

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Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. Stryker is active in over 100 countries around the world.  Please contact us for more information at www.stryker.com.

Contacts

Jeanine Guilfoyle                                                     Stephanie Bostaph
Stryker Orthopaedics                                              Ketchum
201-831-6277                                                            703-229-2849
jeanine.guilfoyle@stryker.com                                  stephanie.bostaph@ketchum.com

1 Stryker's internal test report A0018349, "Accuracy Assessment of Robotic and Manual TKA in a Cadaveric Model."
2 Kurtz AAOS. Total knee and hip replacement projections 2030. www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/total-knee-and-hip-replacement-surgery projections-show-meteoric-rise-by-2030-55519727.html. Accessed July 4, 2016.
3 Christiaan Keurentjes J, Fiocco M, So-Osman C, et al. Patients with severe radiographic osteoarthritis have better prognosis in physical functioning after hip and knee replacement: a cohort-study. PLOS One. 2013; 8(4): 1-8.

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