Virtuoso is developing an endoscopic surgical system that delivers two robotically controlled, needle-sized manipulators that work from the tip of a rigid endoscope. This system can replace straight tools in almost any rigid endoscopic procedure and enable the surgeon to grasp, manipulate, and cut tissue with a dexterity unparalleled in an endoscopic setting.
The Virtuoso system brings the stability and dexterity of robot-assisted surgery to rigid endoscopy, and promises to improve patient outcomes by providing surgeons better control of their instruments during difficult procedures. The Virtuoso system reduces the need for awkward and potentially dangerous endoscope movements and enables the surgeon to manipulate tissue as though their hands were inside the body.
Virtuoso has designed manipulators that are many times smaller than robotic surgical instruments used today. This enables the surgeon to fit tools into previously unreachable areas of the body and paves the way for new therapies, all through a single port under one centimeter in diameter.
Rigid endoscopes are currently used in almost every area of surgery, including neurologic, thoracic, orthopedic, urologic, and gynecologic procedures. The Virtuoso system supplements the traditional rigid endoscope by providing dexterous, robotics tools, all without disrupting the operating room workflow.
Virtuoso's technology is built on over ten years of innovation in academic labs, including cadaver and benchtop testing. Virtuoso is very actively developing and testing the system in endoscopic applications throughout the body.