Louisiana hospital to buy $26K cautery unit, consider surgical robot for orthopedics

Angie Stewart -   Print  |

Winnsboro, La.-based Franklin Medical Center plans to purchase a cautery unit and a surgical robot for orthopedic procedures, The Franklin Sun reports.

Five details:

1. The hospital's board of commissioners agreed during a Feb. 27 meeting to purchase an Aquamantys cautery unit for burning off small bleeds in orthopedic patients.

2. Priced at $25,950, the cautery unit uses radio frequency energy and saline for hemostatic sealing of soft tissue and bone.

3. The board also agreed to look into purchasing a robot for hip and knee procedures, although final approval to purchase the equipment is still pending.

4. So far, hospital administrators have considered buying Stryker's Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology.

5. Orthopedic robots retail for about $1 million, but rebate offers Franklin Medical Center has received could drop the cost to about $600,000.

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