Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, medical device company MAKO Surgical (Nasdaq: MAKO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at MAKO's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

MAKO facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (2004)

Market Cap

$1.06 billion


Healthcare equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$44.3 million


Chairman/CEO Maurice Ferre (since 2004)

CFO Fritz LaPorte (since 2004)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$73.5 million / $0


Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN)

Stryker (NYSE: SYK)

Zimmer Holdings (NYSE: ZMH)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 93% of the 256 members who have rated MAKO believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include 707oxford and DocMonsta.

Just last month, 707oxford summed up the growth opportunity for Fools:

Mako Surgical has the patent for robotic knee replacement surgery. If this robotic surgery (which has already proven to work very well) taps even a small portion of the potential market, investors are poised to benefit greatly. I'll take my chances.

Over the next five years, in fact, MAKO is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 42% annually. That's much faster than listed rivals Smith & Nephew (10.6%), Stryker (10.9%), and Zimmer (10.1%).

CAPS member DocMonsta elaborates on the bull case:

MAKO's products will revolutionize knee replacement surgery going forward. Eventually, hip surgery as well. We are early in the cycle here and there will be some rough patches to get through. I expect they turn the corner towards real profit in the next 1-2 years, 3-5 years down the road -- look out! It takes time for new surgical technique and equipment to develop a following and be fully implemented, but word is spreading on MAKO and starting to pick up speed. The biggest risk is that someone builds a better mousetrap so to speak. But that isn't happening yet, and would likely also take many years to be developed and earn a reputation.

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