Robots to Improve Surgery for All – IEEE Pulse Article

Smaller tools with better maneuverability and more precise control, new imaging approaches, and advanced software applications will improve patient outcomes

Surgeons around the world are now using robot-assisted tech to help them perform minimally invasive operations ranging from hernia repair and gall bladder removal to knee replacement and cancer-related colectomy, often manipulating the surgical tools from a computer console some distance from the patient.

Why is the medical industry so interested in robots for these laparoscopic or keyhole operations? One of the biggest advantages is that they help the average surgeon perform at a higher level, according to Robert Webster, Ph.D., Virtuoso Surgical Co-founder, President and CTO, and Vanderbilt University’s Richard A. Schroeder professor of mechanical engineering and head of Vanderbilt’s Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory. “You’d be amazed at what the best-of-the-best doctors can do with just a straight endoscope that has a laser fiber sticking out of it. They free-hand that crazy, long, metal rod, lever it around, and do really delicate surgeries out of the tip,” he described. “But a typical surgeon doesn’t have that skill set. So what surgical robotics is really good at is democratizing health care, and conveying the skills of the truly elite doctors to all surgeons, and therefore to all patients.”


Virtuoso Surgical Creating the 4th Lane Surgical Robotics Highway – MD+DI Article

Writes Editor-in-Chief Omar Ford in MD+DI, Virtuoso Surgical is going for a “different” segment in surgical robotics than other established players in the space.

While it might be a bit daunting to carve out a strong place in the space, Virtuoso Surgical, a surgical robotics maker, said it stands out from other competitors and is creating a “4th lane on the surgical robotics highway.”


Journal Editor In Chief Highlights Virtuoso System in: ‘Robotic Hysteroscopy: Sounds Crazy, No?’

Virtuoso is the subject of an editorial in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, which concludes “…my excitement is considering the new procedures that we may be able to perform transcervically. This includes treating deep intramural myomas, hysteroscopic suturing, more complete resection of adenomyosis, and alternative therapies for congenital uterine anomalies. I offer my congratulations and encouragement for the authors and developers of this novel robotic technology.”