World’s first robotic microsurgeon operates on tiny blood vessels

Credit: MicroSure B.V.

Surgeons in the Netherlands recently performed a procedure on super tiny blood and lymphatic vessels. The surgery required tremendous precision and was only possible with the help of a robot built to perform exactly these sorts of complex micro-surgeries with the guidance of doctors. Watch the video below.

This motion-controlled robot can operate even on tiny blood ve…

This motion-controlled robot can operate even on tiny blood vessels!

Posted by Hashem Al-Ghaili on Friday, October 6, 2017

The robot was developed by Microsure and it works by converting the movements of surgeons’ hands into accurate, localized and tremor-free movements. The surgical task was to connect tiny lymphatic vessels to small nearby veins in order to alleviate a condition called lymphedema that features a buildup of lymphatic fluid. Lymphedema often occurs as a result of cancer treatments that disrupt the drainage of lymphatic fluid, causing severe swelling and pain. The patient that underwent the surgery is doing well. “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.

Cau says that the next is to take the robot’s abilities further to include tissue reconstructions and tumor removals.

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