- The world's first super-microsurgical intervention with robot hands is a success.
- The device can stabilize any tremor in the surgeon's movements, making the procedure more controlled and easier to perform.
- The new device also shortens the duration of recovery.
The world's first super-microsurgical intervention with robot hands has been carried out by plastic surgeons at Maastricht University Medical Center. Surgeons used a robotic device to surgically treat lymphedema in a patient.
Making History in Super-microsurgery
Surgeons have used a robotic device to suture vessels of 0.3 to 0.8 millimeter in the arm of a lymphedema patient. The robotic device, created by Eindhoven company Microsure, enhances the surgeon's precision, making this type of procedure easier to perform. The patient is doing well and the surgeons are enthusiastic. The news of this extraordinary operation has been announced at the 26th World Congress of Lymphology, in Barcelona.
‘Robot assisted super-microsurgery enables surgeons to perform surgery with better precision and fewer complications.’
Precision in Innovation
The surgical robot of Microsure, a spin-off of Eindhoven University of Technology and Maastricht University Medical Center, is controlled by a surgeon whose hand movements are converted into smaller, more precise movements which then are performed on the patient by a set of 'robot hands'. The device also stabilizes any tremor in the surgeon's movements, which makes the procedure more controlled and thus easier to perform. The Microsure robot is expected to enhance a large number of microsurgical procedures and enable new interventions that are currently impossible to perform by hand. This will lead to better patient outcome and lower healthcare costs due to a reduced rate of complication and less post-operative treatment.
Shan Shan Qiu Shao, plastic surgeon at Maastricht University Medical Center: "Microsure enables us to be very precise in our movements during procedures that need a surgical microscope. Their robot allows us to operate on minuscule lymph vessels and blood vessels with more ease, while getting better results for these complex and fatiguing interventions. Besides it is very convenient that, within microsurgery, we can operate on vessels of every size with this robot. Most importantly, of course, this is good news for the patients concerned."
"We are very pleased and proud that the first intervention using our robot has been a success, and that the surgeons are enthusiastic," says Raimondo Cau, the technical brain of Microsure. "This proves that our technology is a key breakthrough in improving surgical care. As a next step, we aim to assist surgeons during other types of complex microsurgical procedures like tissue reconstructions after removal of a tumor. Using our device they will be able to perform surgery with better precision and fewer complications."
- World's first super-microsurgery operation with 'robot hands' https://www.mumc.nl/en/actueel/nieuws/worlds-first-super-microsurgery-operation-robot-hands.