At 13 October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the Senhance System, a new robotically-assisted surgical device (RASD) that can help facilitate minimally invasive surgery.
New robotically-assisted surgical device for adult patients
RASD, sometimes referred to as automatic surgery, is one blazon of the computer-assisted surgical system. RASD enables the surgeon to use computer and software technology to ascendancy and move surgical instruments through one or added tiny incisions in the patient’s anatomy (laparoscopic surgery) in an array of surgical procedures or operations.
The Senhance 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 in laparoscopic colorectal surgery and laparoscopic gynecological surgery. The system is for use on adult patients by trained physicians in an operating room environment.
FDA-approved robotically-assisted surgical device
Surgeons are trained to accurately operate on you when you need it, but robotic assistants could help them get to hard-to-reach areas and boost their accuracy even more.
Senhance, the robotic surgical assistant that has just earned the FDA’s approval, was designed to accomplish both of those. The machine can help surgeons carry out minimally invasive surgery — in fact, the FDA has approved its use because after a pilot test involving 150 patients, the agency has concluded that Senhance is as accurate as the da Vinci robot when it came to gynecological and colorectal procedures. According to TransEnterix, the company that developed the machine, it’s the first surgical assistant for the abdominal area to get the FDA’s approval since 2000. The company claims it’s also the first one with eye tracking and force feedback. As you can see above, surgeons sit behind a console with a 3D view of the site of operation to control three surgical arms. Senhance’s camera can follow their eye movements and show what they’d be looking at if they were manually performing the surgery on screen. The machine’s controllers can also make surgeons feel the stiffness of the tissue they’re operating on.
Source: FDA, TransEnterix, engadget