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MAKO Surgical Corp. Message Board

  • heweycornelius heweycornelius Apr 29, 2013 6:46 PM Flag

    Some thoughts on Mako

    I have a significant (for my means) long position on MAKO and I have been following this board for the past few months. I have to confess that I am quite nervous about this investment because technology in medical sciences can be a very volatile factor.

    Here are some positive points to take into consideration:

    - There are some very favorable testimonials for the Makoplasty procedures.
    - There are doctors that are committed to this kind of surgery and even use it in creative ways (maybe you have read about Mini Makoplasty and shoulder considerations have been mentioned quite a bit lately).
    - The Makoplasty Facebook page has seen a surge of likes in the last week and almost all feedback is quite positive. Facebook pages of this type do not have too many likes but it would be interesting to draw a comparison with the corresponding page for Da Vinci.
    - The Sunday Miami Herald article (which you can easily find through a google search) made a good case for Makoplasty and there are several similar articles showing up around the country.
    - Some people might say that the competitors on today's list, posted by don, have better percentages but you have to remember that they have a much larger market footprint. All things considered these percentages are great for Mako.

    Here are some negative points to take into consideration:

    - The company burns a lot of cash and it can be anybody's guess when it will start making money.
    - Top tier hospitals seem to still stay away from this technology. For example, I live in the Chicago area (norse we can meet up if you like) and this technology has not been adopted by U of C Hospitals or Northwestern Hospitals.
    - International interest in Makoplasty still seems to be at a very early stage.
    - The negative press on robotic surgery attributed to the Da Vinci is having a much wider effect that certainly includes Mako.

    Any comments on the above points are quite welcome.

    Sentiment: Buy

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