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f your facility can't afford or doesn't really need a $2 million robotic surgical system, you can just buy the arm. "Surgeon-powered" robotic arms that move like a surgeons' wrist and robotic-arm assisted technology that provide more accurate placement and alignment of arti- ficial joints can do (almost) anything a robot can do at a frac- tion of the cost, giving you the benefits of a robot without the exorbitant price tag. Here's some background on both handheld options. The $500 robotic surgeon The FlexDex robotic arm is surgeon-powered and costs $500. No electronics, no battery and no motor. Its blue plastic mount attaches to a surgeon's wrist like a corsage. It transfers the motions of the 6 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M a y 2 0 1 7 Robotic Benefits Without the Robot Handheld instruments that provide robot-like functionality. Outpatient Surgery Editors • DEXTERITY Kent Bowden, DO, says FlexDex gives you robot-like functionality at a fraction of the cost of a robotic surgery system. Kent Bowden, DO / FlexDex

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