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New Device May Help Remove Blood Clots from Brain
April 29, 2014
U.S. researchers are developing a new type of robotic needle designed to remove blood clots in the brain. It hasn't yet been used in the operating room. But in simulated surgery, it's been able to remove 90 percent of the blood clots. The device could potentially save many lives.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are using red and yellow gelatin molded to look like a brain. With the gelatin, they are testing a robot to see if it can suction out the red gelatin that represents a blood clot. The robot has a flexible needle that surgeons might use one day to remove real blood clots without damaging the surrounding brain tissue.
Robert Webster is an engineering professor with a personal interest in the robot's success.....continue reading
New Device May Help Remove Blood Clots from Brain
Surgical Showcase: Thursday, May 1, 2014 featuring the Smith & Nephew JOURNEY II CR Total Knee System. Click on Image to watch the Webcast
TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT
Watch a surgical webcast featuring the Smith & Nephew JOURNEY™ II Cruciate Retaining (CR) Knee System. David Rovinsky, MD, of Wilcox Health, performs the procedure at Kauai Medical Clinic in Lihue, HI. Michael Ries, MD, Chief of the UCSF Arthroplasty service, as well as a professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UC Berkley and UC San Fransisco, moderates throughout the knee replacement.
For orthopaedic surgeons seeking treatment solutions beyond traditional knee replacements, the JOURNEY™ II Cruciate Retaining Knee has been engineered to empower patients with a renewed right to an active lifestyle by breaking through traditional knee replacement barriers and delivers Function, Motion and Durability through PHYSIOLOGICAL MATCHING Technology.
The webcast will begin at 8:00 PM EDT (2:00 PM HAST) on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Viewers are encouraged to ask questions during the webcast, which the surgeons will answer live immediately following the procedure.
Everything You Need to Know About Terrifying, Wonderful Robotic Snakes
April 28, 2014
Last month, Medrobotics, a corporation associated with Carnegie Mellon University, announced that it will start marketing robotic snakes to surgeons in Europe. These "snakes," when fed down a patient's throat, can help doctors access hard-to-reach locations within the human body during head and neck surgery, leading to faster recovery times.
But this is hardly the only use for robotic snakes, which swim, slither, crawl, and climb much like the real thing. For the past few years, researchers at labs around the world have been coming up with innovative new ways to put these cool (and terrifying!) robots to use. Here's what you need to know:
Who made the first robotic snakes?
Howie Choset, a robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon, is widely credited with fathering the robotic snake. He cofounded the company that's making the surgical robot snake, and he told the Huffington Post last year that, in fact, he's "afraid of snakes," but he notes that his snake robots are "nice and friendly.".......Continue reading
Biometric Robot Snake - VIDEO
A robotic snake is being used for heart surgery - VIDEO
Robotics Design from the Drawing Board to the OR
Titan’s Single Port Orifice Robotic Technology (SPORT™) Surgical System, currently under development
April 25, 2014
Robotic surgery has become a widely accepted medical procedure over the past decade, offered by an increasing number of hospitals worldwide. The tele-manipulator and software of robotics restore intuitive movement control to the surgeon, providing the right/left hand synchronicity that standard minimally invasive surgery (MIS) lacks.
As a new technology advances, innovative thinking can refine performance. Such was the case for a group of researchers at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Seeking to overcome the size, cost and dexterity issues of large, multiple-incision robotics systems, they envisioned a smaller, less-expensive, more nimble device that could perform MIS through a single port of entry into the body, and be moved among operating rooms as needed. The goal was to deliver the advantages of instinctive robotics controls on a compact platform that could be adapted to a wider variety of general surgery operations than is currently available.
Medical device company Titan Medical recognized the opportunities presented by the researchers’ single-port concept, tested the academic prototype (at Vanderbilt University, where one of the inventors had relocated it) and licensed the intellectual property (IP) from both universities. As a public company headquartered in Toronto, Titan has a medical advisory board of leading surgeons as well as partnerships with academic institutions and hospitals around the globe.
“We were already well aware of the complexities inherent to medical device development,” says......continue reading
RGHS halts controversial surgical procedure
April 24, 2014
Rochester General Health System on Thursday became the second local hospital system to stop the use of a surgical technique that can spread an undetected cancer.
Dr. Eugene Toy, chief of obstetrics and gynecology and director of gynecological oncology, notified the ob/gyn departments at Rochester General Hospital and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital that a technique called power morcellation could not be used until further notice.
The moves came after the Food and Drug Administration on April 17 issued an alert that "discouraged" the use of power morcellation for hysterectomy or surgery for fibroids.
Power morcellation involves using a power tool to grind up tissue still inside the body so it can be removed through small incisionsy.
Until a few months ago, morcellation was considered a routine part of minimally invasive surgery for hysterectomy and fibroids. That has changed since a Boston surgeon, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, started a national campaign after his wife underwent minimally invasive surgery that involved morcellation, and her previously undetected cancer was spread. In issuing its alert, the FDA reported the risk of spreading a uterine cancer could be 1 in 350, a greater risk than Noorchashm had been reporting.
Morcellation does not cause cancer, but cutting up tissue while it's still in the body can spread cells......read more
Dr. Richard Francis
Spine Surgeon Dr. Richard Francis Training Doctors in Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery Labs
Houston Spine Surgeon, Dr. Richard Francis facilitates the only robotic spine-surgery training lab offered in Texas for spine surgeons.
In coordination with Westside Surgical Hospital in Houston, Texas and utilizing the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System, Dr. Francis, Director of Robotic Surgery, takes a visiting surgeon interested in performing robotic surgery through a complete live case study.
Westside Surgical Hospital has a dedicated Robotics Surgery operating suite that provides a dual console feature, which allows the visiting physician/surgeon to see exactly what Dr. Francis sees sitting at the Robotic console performing a spinal operation in 3D High Definition.
With Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System, surgeons enjoy the comfort of pre-planning their surgery, executing the procedure with highly-accurate, state-of-the-art procedures and unparalleled accuracy, in a safer Operating Room environment with less fluoroscopy. It is also the only mechanical guidance system for spine surgery with FDA clearance and CE marking. To date, the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System has been used to place over 45,000 implants in thousands of spine procedures worldwide.
Who can apply: The Bioskills lab is open for all accredited surgeons who specialize in surgery of the spine or brain and are seeking to move to the next level in their careers by learning the procedure of robotic assisted spine surgery through the process of a hands-on experience.
What the lab offers to surgeons: The Trainee or Student’s hands-on experience at a Westside Robotic Surgery Training Bioskills Lab for spine surgery cadaver lab allows surgeons to: - Students have the opportunity to do a Case Observation alongside Dr. Francis, one of the first surgeons in the nation asked to perform the artificial disc replacement and to use robotic assistance in spine surgery. - Review and participate in pre-operative planning with the Renaissance system’s 3D software. - Execute surgical technique with Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System.
All Students who wish to participate must reserve their place and schedule their time for a live case study observation.
Please contact Marc Kessler, designated surgeon liaison, director and lead trainer for the Bioskills lab, at bioskills@MazorRobotics-us.com to register for a Bioskills Lab.
Intuitive Surgical Announces FDA Clearance of da Vinci(R) Sp(TM) Surgical System
April 22, 2014
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG), the global leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery, today announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the da Vinci Sp Surgical System, which is designed to expand the Company's single-incision product offering. This initial clearance is specific to urologic surgical procedures that are appropriate for a single port approach.
da VinciSp technology is a dedicated single-port innovation designed to deliver an articulating 3D HD camera and three fully articulating instruments through a single 25 mm cannula. The fully wristed EndoWrist® Sp Instruments have two more degrees of freedom than the da VinciSingle-Site® Instruments, which are not wristed and are used in single port surgeries. The surgeon controls the instruments and endoscope while seated at the da Vinci Surgical System console.
The Company does not intend to commercialize the da Vinci Sp technology until the current technology is engineered to be fully compatible with the newly released da Vinci Xi™ Surgical System, currently projected for the second half of 2015.....read more
Fovia and Imperial College London Announce Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Collaboration
April 22, 2014
PALO ALTO, CA and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2014) - Fovia Medical, Inc., a world leader in volume rendering technology, and Imperial College London, a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in biomedical research that is consistently rated among the world's best universities, today announced a collaboration to bring High Definition Volume Rendering® to minimally invasive robotic surgery.
The Hamlyn Centre at Imperial College London is at the forefront of research and technological innovation in robot-assisted surgery. The Centre is working with Fovia on leading-edge projects that combine the unparalleled performance, quality and accuracy of High Definition Volume Rendering with advanced robotic surgery technologies.
Fovia's HDVR® provides a virtual roadmap for robotic surgical teams by allowing the presentation of stereo images in real-time during both the planning and interventional phases of robot-assisted surgery. The highly flexible HDVR software enables full customization of the surgeon's experience, and provides invaluable coherence between preoperative scans of a patient and views of the operative field during the procedure......read complete article
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Three dimensional body mapping is changing the way doctors are trained and patients are treated. Using Fovia's High Definition Volume Rendering® software, Silicon Valley company eHuman has created a computerized atlas of the human body. Click here to watch.
When an active Macomb Township resident begins to feel fatigued, his doctor alerts him to a potentially life-threatening condition in his heart. Although open-heart surgery is an option, he chooses a robotic surgery with one of the country’s most experienced surgeons. Follow this amazing operation and recovery as the patient goes from the operating room to the golf course in days (not weeks).
TransEnterix Announces First Human Cases Using Its Advanced Energy Device
April 16, 2014
Flexible ligating shears designed for full 360 degree articulation with SPIDER(R) Surgical System
TransEnterix, Inc., a medical device company that is pioneering the use of flexible instruments and robotics to improve minimally invasive surgery, today announced the first human cases performed using its recently launched fully flexible advanced energy device.
The Flex Ligating Shears, which has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is designed to deliver full flexibility to the surgeon while offering ligation and division with direct thermal energy in various laparoscopic surgical procedures.
"TransEnterix now offers the only advanced energy device that completely articulates 360 degrees to provide optimal access to surgeons within the operating field, while competing technologies offer limited or no articulation," said Todd M. Pope, President and CEO of TransEnterix. "With the SPIDER Flex Ligating Shears, we can offer surgeons the ability to attain precise angles when cutting and dividing tissue in a laparoscopic procedure."......read more
On Tuesday, TransEnterix moved off the OTC Bulliten Board and to the New York Stock Exchange on the NYSE MKT, which was renamed from NYSE Amex and is intended for trading stocks of smaller companies. It trades under the symbol: TRXC
The company was founded in 2007 and developed the Spider surgical robot. TransEnterix sold 3,500 of the single-use devices, but surgeons provided feedback on ways to make it better. Now, TransEnterix is developing the SurgiBot System, which CEO Todd Pope says builds on the Spider, but brings improvements. For one, it’s not a single-use device, and is small enough to sit on a rolling stand so surgeons can move it between operating rooms........read more
The da Vinci Xi System
Latest da Vinci robotic surgical system features enhanced capabilities
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. has announced the launch of the da Vinci Xi surgical system, which represents a technological leap forward over previous versions of the robotic-assisted surgery system.
da Vinci systems feature a vision system, patient-side cart, a console, and proprietary surgical instruments. 3D images of the surgical field are viewed by the surgeon seated at the console and the movements intended by the surgeon are transmitted by natural positioning of instruments via the system’s robotic arm. For more than 10 years, these systems have been used as minimally-invasive alternatives to open surgery, but with the new da Vinci Xi, the goal was to further advance the technology and enhance the robot’s surgical performance.
The new system expands upon the aforementioned original model by adding new overhead instrument arm architecture designed to facilitate anatomical access from any position.
"The da Vinci Xi System's new overhead architecture means that multi-quadrant surgery can be performed without repositioning the system, an innovation long sought by surgeons who perform complex procedures," said Gary Guthart, Intuitive Surgical President and CEO.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are developing a new type of robotic needle designed to carefully steer its way through the brain to reach and remove potentially fatal blood clots.
Called an 'Active Cannula', the device will allow neurosurgeons to pinpoint blood clots in the brain and reach them while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. The needle is still in its concept phase. The scientists are using moulds of skulls filled with jelly (aka 'jello') confectionary, to mimic the texture of brain matter and blood clots.
Robert Webster, an assistant professor of engineering, says he was inspired to design the steerable needle when his father developed a brain clot.
"I was interested in that medical problem because of that and he was lucky, he was one of the ones that survived and didn't have brain damage," he said.
But according to neurosurgeon Kyle Weaver, many people aren't so lucky. Diseases like hypertension and diabetes that are associated with blood clots, are on the rise and Weaver says that currently 1 in 50 people will develop a clot in their lifetime. And of those, 40 percent will either die or develop brain damage.
Once a blood clot forms in the brain, Weaver says there is very little a surgeon can do to remove it.
"Often times based on the anatomy and the way the blood vessels are configured and these disease processes, they are often times deep down in the brain. And the thought is that getting those is that the surgery is actually going to do more damage than the blood clot is on its own," he said.
An ultrasound treatment is currently in clinical trials in the U.S. for low-risk prostate cancer. If successful, the developers will seek FDA approval.
The device is called SMART Surgery (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique), and it has been developed by a team lead by David B. Samadi, MD, Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. According to PharmaPro the device can also help with post-surgery tumor analysis.
Based on preliminary results gathered so far, the developers are of the view that the procedure could yield fewer side effects than other prostate cancer treatment options, such as robotic prostate surgery.....read more
Robotic surgery trends create new career options for nurses
April 9, 2014
A rather large wave of opportunity is about to arrive for perioperative oncology nurses working in or wanting to learn robotic surgery. The market for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for prostatectomy, hysterectomy, and other cancer procedures is booming as more hospitals and clinics purchase surgical robots and begin training their surgical teams to operate them. Add to this growth, the impending arrival of new surgical robot manufacturers to compete with the predominate da Vinci Surgical System, and thousands of new positions for perioperative nurses certified in robotics could soon be created.
“In the very near future robotics is simply going to be the way surgeries are performed, and for nurses looking to align their perioperative careers with the future, training for robotic surgery is paramount,” said Marci Trump, surgical robotics coordinator at Long Beach Memorial (LBM) Hospital in Long Beach, California.....read more
Craig Ziering, DO, Demonstrates Revolutionary Robotic Surgery During The Orlando Live Surgery Workshop
April 9, 2014
Presenting ARTAS Hair Studio™
Restoration Robotics, Inc., the global leader in robotic hair transplantation, will have Craig Ziering, DO, present ARTAS Hair Studio™ and the ARTAS® Robotic System during the Platinum Orlando Live Surgery Workshop taking place April 9 through 12 in Orlando, FL.
The ARTAS Robotic System was created after nearly a decade of research and remains at the forefront of the latest advancements in minimally invasive hair transplantation. It is the first and only FDA-cleared computer-assisted, physician-controlled robotic hair transplant technology.
The ARTAS Robotic Procedure offers innovative technology with three key benefits: precision, control, and reproducibility. The ARTAS Robotic System dissects follicular units accurately and consistently, hundreds to thousands of times in a single session*.....read more
Intuitive Surgical's Robots Don't Play Well With Each Other and Docs are Pissed
last week. Intuitive Surgical shares surge higher on news that the FDA approved a new surgical robot, dubbed da Vinci Xi. "Sweet," rang the crowd of analysts. "Sweet," shouted Intuitive's shareholders. But a sad and distrustful note also rang out from hospital administrators and physicians -- voices largely ignored by the analysts and investors. While Wall Street hails Intuitive's da Vinci Xi surgical robot as the shiny delivery vehicle for new sales, those of us expected to pay for and use the new machines are pissed off.
The first problem with Intuitive's new robot is simple. It doesn't work with my current robot. That's right. My "old" $2 million machine became last week completely incompatible with all the goodies that this new sexy, flashy techno-elitist robot is supposed to deliver. Of course, Intuitive had promised vertical integration as a cornerstone policy of its surgical machines, but sadly, that is not the case. None of the advances of the new Da Vinci Xi machine can be translated to the da Vinci machine I have. It's like owning a great razor but having no blades.
Another problem is the secrecy. Had Intuitive been upfront with the rollout of the new machine, hospitals could have prepared and budgeted appropriately. As it stands now hospitals feel slighted and physicians are now forced to use "old" technology that cannot be upgraded. Marc D'allera, Associate Professor of Urology and Vice-Chairmen at the University of California, Davis, just purchased a beautiful (old) Da Vinci robot last month. Upon hearing the news that Intuitive had just rolled out a "new" robot, D'allera tweeted to me: "Here we are thinking we're getting a great deal with firefly and stapler, turns out it was a clearance sale.".......read complete article
The Flex System, a modular robotic snake
A Robotic Snake Is Now Capable Of Performing Surgery
Posted on AARS: April 7, 2014
Last year, Carnegie Mellon robotics professor Howie Choset designed a modular robotic snake, which it quickly put to work exploring the pipes within the abandoned Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant in Austria - a facility constructed in the 1970s but never turned on. The trouble at the time was that although there were many robots capable of exploring damaged, derelict, or destroyed nuclear facilities, none of them could adequately inspect the pipes. CMU's slithering synthetic snake was just the ticket.
Now, that very same design has been co-opted into another robot, designed to explore something altogether more confined, and significantly less dangerous: the human body. The robot is known as the Flex® System, a robotic assist platform, and was created by Choset and two partners in a Carnegie Mellon spin-off venture known as Medrobotics Corp.
Although he's happy that the fruits of his labor will eventually help surgical patients, Choset stressed that he had to let go of his technology to make it possible. The snake couldn't simply be his anymore.
"Commercializing a surgical device is not something that a robotics professor such as myself can accomplish with grants to the university," he explained. "It requires a large, long-term investment that only a private company can bring together, as well as specialized medical device expertise. When it comes to making this technology available to patients, the company really did the heavy lifting."
As with the original nuclear snake, The Flex System has a sinuous body composed of linked segments; each of these segments follows the path of the one in front of it. The robot's 'face' is equipped with an HD video camera, LEDS, and ports designed to accomodate third-party surgical tools for grasping or cutting tissues. Using a real-time feed from its camera, surgeons will be capable of manually controlling its motions using an external joystick.
Flex was originally developed with heart procedures in mind, but for the time being, it seems like that's a goal for the future. The Flex System is currently being marketed for use in head and neck surgeries, with hints that it may one day be enhanced and expanded to carry out other procedures, as well......read more
Note: Flex® System is currently Not For Sale in USA
Doctors found tumors in both his vocal cords, and referred him to UT Southwestern, where he met with Dr. Larry Myers, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
"Dr. Myers said, 'Well, we've been looking for someone like yourself for a research project that's never been done before.' I said, 'Heck, if it works and it's going to help other people, I'm willing to go for it,' " Mr. Wiley recalled. "It has worked out great. People here at work say, 'Your voice is back to normal.'"
Six doctors had to unanimously agree that Mr. Wiley was a good candidate for the procedure, which he said gave him confidence that the Cyberknife trial was right for him. The $7 million Cyberknife, built by the California-based company Accuray, has a small linear particle accelerator and a robotic arm that allows it to treat tumors on any part of the body with radiation, explained his surgeon, Dr. Baran Sumer, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. There are no records from the maker or in medical literature of the robotic device previously being used to treat vocal cord cancer.....read more
KETTERING -- A new robot is helping doctors save lives at Miami Valley Hospital.
The Hansen Magellan Robotic System is the first of its kind for endovascular procedures.
A robotic arm lets doctors steer catheters to reach and treat blockages and lesions inside your heart.
"It's truly a robotic catheter so that we can now navigate into the vessel and get to the blocked artery easier," says Dr. John Matsuura, the Division Director of Vascular Surgery.
Premier Health acquired two Magellan systems thanks to a donation from the Robert H. Brethren Foundation.
Clopidogrel Increases Bleeding After Robotic CABG
April 3, 2014
Patients should not take the antiplatelet drug clopidogrel for five days before undergoing robotic coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures, according to researchers at the University of Arizona.
In 2011, the American Heart Association issued a recommendation to hold clopidogrel for five days before traditional CABG, but the organization had not made a similar statement for the robotic procedure. “This study provides food for thought,” said Sophia Vainrub, PharmD, a clinical pharmacist at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, “to justify applying the practice of holding clopidogrel for five days before CABG to robotic CABG procedures as well.”......continue reading about the study
Live Streaming from Modena
Posted on AARS: April 3, 2014
Tune in on the Clinical Virtual University website from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (CEST) on April 7 to have the opportunity of watching three surgeries performed by Dr. M. Piccoli during the 4th European Basic Course on Robotic Thyroidectomy.
Register for free and get access to every future live event that will be streamed on CVU plus several recordings of past events!
RBR50 company Intuitive Surgical‘s new da Vinci Xi just won the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), paving the way for the company to start selling it. More than a decade previous, 2000, the FDA similarly approved Intuitive’s very first da Vinci; the company has since racked up some 1.5M robotic surgeries with its robots.
However, as Sulbha Sankhla, author of Robotic Surgery & The Law in the USA—A Critique, points out: “Years after the FDA first approved the da Vinci, there is still no industry standard for training and credentialing of doctors to use the robot, beyond a basic course by the manufacturer.”
Between January 2000 and August 2012, thousands of mishaps were reported to the FDA involving the da Vinci robot, reported the New York Times. “In the vast majority of cases, the patient was not harmed, but among the reports were 174 injuries and 71 deaths related to da Vinci surgery, according to a study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality......read more
Intuitive Surgical Gains After FDA Approves New Robot Device. Image Intuitive Surgical
Intuitive Surgical Gains After FDA Approves New Robot Device
April 1, 2014
Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG), the maker of the da Vinci robotic surgery system, rose the most in almost five years after U.S. regulators cleared a new version of its product that offers a greater range of motion.
The newest system, called the da Vinci Xi, was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, Sunnyvale, California-based Intuitive said in a statement today. Intuitive shares gained 13 percent to $493.60 at 4 p.m. New York time, the biggest one-day advance since July 2009.
The new, more flexible system will enable doctors to do more complex surgeries, Chief Executive Officer Gary Guthart said in the statement. Intuitive, which received approval of the previous robot system in 2009, had $1.87 billion in sales last year, including instruments and accessories.......read more
Mini robot space surgeon to climb inside astronauts
April 1, 2014
It could one day answer the prayers of astronauts who need surgery in deep space. The miniature surgeon slides into the body through an incision in the belly button. Once inside the abdominal cavity – which has been filled with inert gas to make room for it to work – the robot can remove an ailing appendix, cut pieces from a diseased colon or perforate a gastric ulcer.
The fist-sized robot, a product of Virtual Incision Corporation in Lincoln, Nebraska, (No Website Yet), will have its first zero-gravity test – in an aircraft flying in parabolic arcs – in the next few months. While aloft, the surgery bot will perform a set of exercises to demonstrate its dexterity, such as manipulating rubber bands and other inanimate objects.
The hope is that such robots will accompany future astronauts on long deep-space missions, when the chances are higher that someone will experience physical trauma. "It must be an emergency if you would consider surgery in space," says team member Shane Farritor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.....read more
The Robotic Difference: How New Technology Could Impact Spine
March 31, 2014. Posted on AARS: April 1, 2014
Robotic guidance for spinal surgery is becoming more prevalent around the United States with advanced technology and effectiveness studies available for surgeons and providers.
Mazor Robotics is currently the only company with an FDA-cleared mechanical guidance system — the Renaissance® system — for spinal surgery applications. Last year, the company reported 111 percent increase in annual revenue and ended the year with 34 Renaissance systems installed in the United States and 63 systems globally.
"The systems are used today in a very wide range of spine procedures," says Mazor Robotics CEO Ori Hadomi. "Our vision is to further develop the Renaissance system to become the spine surgeon's toolbox, so that it will be intuitive and add value in a wide range of procedures and indications. Our technology has been able to help surgeons convert some of their open cases to less-invasive procedures." Mr. Hadomi added, "We believe that the promise of robotics in spine surgery is in aligning planning and execution: state-of-the-art procedures by facilitating predictable results based on diligent planning."......read more
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