updated 5/16/2011 8:46:07 AM ET 2011-05-16T12:46:07

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MAKO Surgical Corp. (Nasdaq:MAKO) announces the development of the MAKOplasty.com website with social media links to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube that provides consumers seeking innovative treatment for early to mid-osteoarthritis, with a variety of online channels of communications for global engagement.

MAKOplasty.com describes the robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis in a user-friendly format that allows consumers to ask questions and obtain information.

In addition, MAKOplasty.com houses testimonials and information on educational seminars and events in different geographic areas where one can connect with surgeons and customer hospitals who offer MAKOplasty®.

"The creation of MAKOplasty.com underscores MAKO's commitment to continue to provide healthcare consumers with the best creative and diverse tools available to expand their foundation of knowledge and to build strong relationships with MAKOplasty patients, their surgeons, and their healthcare providers," said Maurice R. Ferre, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of MAKO.   "By embracing public conversations through social networks and microsites such as MAKOplasty.com we offer the opportunity to educate, listen and understand how patients feel about treatment options for their knee pain and about MAKOplasty robotic arm assisted procedures."

About MAKO Surgical Corp.

MAKO Surgical Corp. is a medical device company that markets both its RIO® Robotic-Arm Interactive Orthopedic system and its proprietary RESTORIS® implants for minimally invasive orthopedic knee procedures. The MAKO RIO is a surgeon-interactive tactile surgical platform that incorporates a robotic arm and patient-specific visualization technology and prepares the knee joint for the insertion and alignment of MAKO's resurfacing RESTORIS implants through a minimal incision. The FDA-cleared and CE Marked RIO system allows surgeons to provide a precise, consistently reproducible tissue-sparing, bone resurfacing procedure called MAKOplasty® to a large, yet underserved patient population suffering from early to mid-stage osteoarthritic knee disease. The MAKOplasty solution is comprised of imaging, navigation, surgical procedures, haptics, robotics, software, instrument and implant technologies and is enabled by an intellectual property portfolio of more than 300 U.S. and foreign, owned and licensed, patents and patent applications, as well as copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and employee know-how. Additional information can be found at www.makosurgical.com .

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding, among other things, statements related to expectations, goals, plans, objectives and future events. MAKO intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the following words: "may," "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "intend," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "project," "potential," "continue," "ongoing" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These statements are based on the current estimates and assumptions of our management as of the date of this press release and are subject to risks, uncertainties, changes in circumstances, assumptions and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond MAKO's ability to control or predict. Such factors, among others, may have a material adverse effect on MAKO's business, financial condition and results of operations and may include the potentially significant impact of a continued economic downturn or delayed economic recovery on the ability of MAKO's customers to secure adequate funding, including access to credit, for the purchase of MAKO's products or cause MAKO's customers to delay a purchasing decision, changes in competitive conditions and prices in MAKO's markets, unanticipated issues relating to intended product launches, decreases in sales of MAKO's principal product lines, increases in expenditures related to increased or changing governmental regulation or taxation of MAKO's business, unanticipated issues in securing regulatory clearance or approvals for new products or upgrades or changes to MAKO's current products, the impact of the recently enacted United States healthcare reform legislation on hospital spending, reimbursement, and the taxing of medical device companies, loss of key management and other personnel or inability to attract such management and other personnel and unanticipated intellectual property expenditures required to develop, market, and defend MAKO's products. These and other risks are described in greater detail under Item 1A, "Risk Factors," in MAKO's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including MAKO's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 filed on March 10, 2011. Given these uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements. MAKO does not undertake any obligation to release any revisions to these forward-looking statements publicly to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

"MAKOplasty®," "RESTORIS®," and "RIO®," as well as the "MAKO" logo, whether standing alone or in connection with the words "MAKO Surgical Corp." are trademarks of MAKO Surgical Corp. 

"Facebook®," "Twitter®," and "YouTube®" are trademarks of their respective owners.

CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACT:
         MAKO Surgical Corp.
         Yvette Cuello
         954-628-0432

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