Technology

Currently, the da Vinci® Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, is being joined by other digitally controlled surgical devices recently approved- or under development- for minimally invasive surgery. The Vattikuti Foundation has supported this growth- and will continue to explore any other means developed- to help provide safer, less invasive surgical procedures for patients around the world.

da Vinci SP
From Intuitive Surgical, manufacturer of the da vinci Surgical System, comes a new, single-port robot, compatible with the da Vinci X console. Details from the press release: The da Vinci SP system provides surgeons with robotic-assisted technology designed for deep and narrow access to tissue in the body. The ability to enter the body through a single, small incision helps surgeons perform more complex procedures. Intuitive anticipates pursuing further regulatory clearances for da Vinci SP, including transoral, transanal, and extraperitoneal applications, broadening the applicability of the SP platform over time. It is expected to see the first release in the third quarter of 2018, according to published reports.
Auris Monarch
This year (2019) medical giant Johnson & Johnson acquired Auris Health, manufacturer of the Monarch robotic platform. From Auris Health website: ROBOTIC-ASSISTED BRONCHOSCOPY If your physician has discovered a spot on your lung, often called a small mass or nodule, you may need to have it tested to find out what it is. This is called a lung biopsy. Although most lung nodules are not cancer, it is important to find out what it is. There are a few options available for reaching small nodules in the lung. These small masses can be very difficult to reach with manual bronchoscopes. The Monarch™ Platform featuring robotic-assisted bronchoscopy was introduced in 2018 to help physicians reach hard-to-reach nodules for biopsy. Additional published information: The Magellan robotic system is a platform that drives Magellan robotic catheters and guidewires during minimally-invasive endovascular procedures. (+Mass Device)
Siemens-Corindus CorPath GRX
From the Siemens-Corindus website: CORPATH: THE WORLD’S 1st ROBOTIC-ASSISTED PLATFORM FOR PCI AND PVI The CorPath System is the first FDA-cleared robotic platform designed for interventional physicians. During a CorPath Robotic-assisted intervention, physicians sit in a radiation-shielded workstation and use a set of joysticks and touchscreen controls that translate the physician’s movements into device control. Robotic-assisted intervention enables precise measurement of anatomy and device positioning with the added benefit of radiation protection for the physician and the potential to reduce radiation exposure for staff and patients. From '+Mass Device:' "In using the system, the surgeon operates CorPath 200 from behind a radiation-shielded “cockpit.” Rather than standing over a patient while clad in a lead apron, the operator is seated behind an operating station, manipulating surgical tools with a series of touch-screen and joystick controls."
Stereotaxis Genesis Heart Catheterization Robot
From the Stereotaxis website: The Genesis System utilizes smaller magnets that rotate along their center of mass. This allows for unprecedented responsiveness to physician control. Across a broad range of navigational routines, the Genesis System is 70% to 80% faster than Niobe.1 Genesis is a leap forward in Robotic Magnetic Navigation technology and represents the future of robotics in electrophysiology. We have completely redesigned the magnets and the way they are manipulated, providing patients, physicians and hospitals with the differentiated benefits of Niobe in an architecture that is smaller, lighter, faster, and more flexible. The entire System is significantly smaller and designed to improve the patient experience while on the operating table, provide physicians and nurses with greater access to the patient during the procedure, and increase space in the labs for an enhanced work environment.
Zimmer Biomet Rosa Knee System
Zimmer Biomet manufactures Joint Replacement products for many Orthopedic categories, including the ROSA Knee System, which supports surgeons in performing Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) with features to assist with the bone resections, as well as assessing the state of the soft tissues to facilitate implant positioning intraoperatively. ROSA was recently acquired as part of the purchase of French firm Medtech.
Transenterix Senhance Surgical System
From the Transenterix website: The Senhance® Surgical System is intended to assist in the accurate control of laparoscopic instruments for visualization and endoscopic manipulation of tissue including grasping, cutting, blunt and sharp dissection, approximation, ligation, electrocautery, suturing, mobilization and retraction. The Senhance Surgical System is intended for use in laparoscopic gynecological surgery, colorectal surgery, cholecystectomy, and inguinal hernia repair. The system is indicated for adult use. It is intended for use by trained physicians in an operating room environment in accordance with the Instructions for Use.
Titan Medical SPORT System
The Titan SPORT System is still not approved for sale, but has been in use in trial runs in the US and Europe. The company appears to be poised to seek EU and USFDA approval. From the website: The SPORT Surgical System is a versatile single incision advanced robotic surgical system that features state-of the-art multi-articulated instruments with single-use replaceable tips, 3D high definition visualization on a flat-screen monitor, ergonomic open workstation and a single-arm mobile patient cart for ease of set up while enabling broad applications of single and multi-quadrant surgeries previously not possible with current robotic solutions.
Smith + Nephew Navio Surgical System
From Smith + Nephew website: Using NAVIO in total knee arthroplasty: Total knee arthroplasty failures are mostly attributable to instability and malalignment, with stability and proprioception shown to affect patient satisfaction- particularly for high-demand patients. NAVIO has demonstrated more accurate bone resection and alignment, through intraoperative planning, surface mapping and full range-of-motion data collection, for reduced wear and higher implant survivorship. Reports claim that its design allows it to be partnered with 8-different knee systems.
Medrobotics Flex Robotic System
From the Medtronics website: The Flex® Robotic System gives physicians the ability to access anatomical locations that were previously difficult or impossible to reach minimally invasively. And because it is affordable and efficient, the Flex® Robotic System allows hospitals to expand the patient population that they serve and improve the productivity of their facilities. From +Mass Device: The system is designed for robot-assisted visualization and surgical site access to the oropharynx, hypopharynx and larynx in adult patients. Surgeons now have a magnified, HD view of anatomical structures for minimally invasive procedures. The Flex Robotic System’s snakelike design also means it can reach challenging surgical targets by creating a 180º path.

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