Technology World-first advance in robot-aided surgery

World-first advance in robot-aided surgery

0A world-first Deakin University innovation will give surgeons the sense of touch while they drive a robot to conduct keyhole surgery via a computer.

The HeroSurg robot is a major advance on current technology which limits robotic surgery to the sense of sight rather than allowing tactile feedback.

It has the potential to make keyhole surgery safer and more accurate than ever before by reducing trauma and lowering risk of blood loss and infection.

“Tactile feedback allows a surgeon, to ‘feel’ delicate tissues weakened by infection or inflammation and dissect them more carefully”, says project researcher Professor Suren Krishnan. “Tactile feedback will allow us to use finer and more delicate sutures in microsurgery.”

The innovation is the brainchild of Deakin’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) in collaboration with Harvard University and Deakin’s School of Medicine.

IISRI Director Professor Saeid Nahavandi said HeroSurg could be used remotely, with the surgeon potentially thousands of kilometres away from the actual theatre.

“In the not-too-distant future, many patients may be thanking HeroSurg for saving their lives,” Professor Nahavandi said.

You can read more about this breakthrough here. [Story credit: Deakin University newsroom]

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