Surgeon Training & Education

Dr. Frederick Buechel, Jr. MD is an experienced orthopaedic joint replacement surgeon and an expert in Mako® Robotic partial knee replacement. Since 2010, Dr. Buechel has been a pioneer in the training of robotic surgeons and the advancement of the Mako® Robotic technology platforms and techniques.

Dr. Buechel founded “The Robotic Joint Replacement Center” in Naples, Florida in 2010 as a Destination Center for Robotic Partial Knee Replacement patients. The Center was also designed to be a national training site for surgeons which grew into an internatinal training and observation site. Dr. Buechel then developed, with Mako Surgical Corp., the first Advanced Robotic training program for advanced Mako® robotic knee surgery techniques.

Dr. Buechel hosted surgeons weekly at the Center visiting from the throughout the USA and then internationally, for surgical observation. The “Virtual Site Visit” (VSV) program Dr. Buechel and Mako Surgical Corp. co-developed using live streaming interactive video feeds, grew to the current “In-Touch” VSV program still used in the USA and now internationally.

In 2012, after hosting the first surgeons from Asia in Naples, Dr. Buechel began traveling internationally launching the international Mako Robotics surgical programs. Now Dr. Buechel has had the great fortune to operate with some of the great surgeons around the world and transfer his knowledge of the Mako Robotics system to these surgeons.

Countries Dr. Buechel has supported in their program launches include Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Singapore, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Taiwan and Australia. The 1st International use of the Virtual Surgery Observation in Asia was recently performed in Taiwan with Dr. Buechel and Dr. Hsu at China Medical University.

Dr. Buechel has focused 2015-2016 on international robotic education as well as the development of Mako® “Robotic Joint Centers”. Dr. Buechel feels that it is important to help educate surgeons properly with this advanced technology, so that patients around the world can benefit from his vast experience through the hands of the surgeons he has helped train. “Robotic Joint Centers” are now located in New York, San Francisco and Taiwan for those patients that want their Minimally Invasive, Outpatient Robotic Joint Replacement surgery performed by Dr. Buechel.