Leading surgeons at the University Hospital Dinant Godinne completed the
world's first robotic-assisted surgical procedures with the Medrobotics'
Flex® System. The surgical team of Prof. Marc Remacle and
Prof. Georges Lawson successfully performed procedures on two patients,
which included the ablation of a vocal fold angiectatic polyp and the
resection of tongue-based lymphoid tissue (lingual tonsil).
Professor George Lawson, Sandy Leman, INF & Professor Marc Remacle immediately following the use of the Flex® System, a first of its kind flexible robot system. (Photo: Business Wire)
The first patient had a chronic hoarseness induced by a polyp on the
vocal fold. The lesion was benign and couldn't be cured by speech
therapy or medical treatment. The patient returned home on the same day
of the surgery.
The second patient had severe snoring, without apneic problems. The base
of tongue and palatine tonsils were localized as the main cause by a
previously done sleep endoscopy. The patient was discharged from the
hospital one day after surgery.
The Flex® System, designed and manufactured by Medrobotics
Corporation, enables surgical procedures here conventional
line-of-sight technologies are either not feasible or sub-optimal.
Surgeons can navigate the Flex® System around anatomical
structures to hard-to-reach locations through a single access site, and
then use the onboard high-definition vision system to precisely deploy
flexible surgical instruments. The uniquely "wristed" 3mm Flex® Instruments
enable the surgeon to operate in confined spaces, further extending his
or her reach to important and often challenging areas of the anatomy.
"With other approaches, surgeons sometimes cannot achieve the access and
visualization that they desire minimally invasively." said Prof.
Remacle. "With the Flex® System, we can more easily access
and treat patients with challenging anatomy."
Minimally invasive surgery has demonstrated advantages for patients and
providers compared to traditional open procedures, decreasing hospital
stays and recovery times. The Flex® System was designed to
provide an affordable, easy-to-use robotic-assisted surgical platform
for hospitals and surgeons seeking to provide minimally-invasive
treatment options to the broadest number of patients.
About University Hospital Dinant Godinne-UCL Namur
University Hospital Dinant Godinne is based in Belgium and employs a
total of 2,700 staff members. With a capacity of 605 beds, University
Hospital Dinant Godinne is committed to providing patients with
top-quality, dependable, easily accessible care with the most advanced
The close association with the health sector of Université catholique de
Louvain (UCL) assigns to the hospital three missions:
Medrobotics Corporation (www.Medrobotics.com)
is a privately-held company headquartered in Raynham, Massachusetts that
manufactures and markets the Flex® System, a robotic-assist
platform that provides surgeons with single-site access and
visualization of hard-to-reach anatomical locations. The Company's
vision is to provide more patients with access to minimally invasive
surgery. Medrobotics recently received the CE mark for its Flex®
System, which is available on a limited basis in Europe. These products
are not currently approved for sale in the U.S.
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