Location: United States
The small robotic assistant can be moved from room to room and used in small spaces.
The need for bowel resection procedures is on the rise due to the growing trend in intestine-related health issues. Diverticulitis hospitalises 200 000 Americans each year, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has risen by 44% since 1999.
Keyhole bowel surgery have less risk of complications and shorter recovery time than open procedures, yet open surgeries are sometimes still performed even when laparoscopic (keyhole) is an option. Through the development of a surgical robotic assistant platform called MIRA, Virtual Incision is making a minimally invasive surgery option more accessible.
The MIRA platform has two main parts; the robotic assistant and surgical console. The MIRA assistant arm takes up very little space and weighs only two pounds, so it can easily be moved from room to room and fit into rooms that larger systems may not. The surgical device has two moveable arms with interchangeable surgical tools and an HD camera that tracks the surgical field.
The assistant is operated by a surgeon at the surgical console who operates the surgical device using two handles that provide haptic feedback, and foot pedals. The surgeon’s screen displays live footage from the HD camera and a touch screen with additional functions.
The compact option makes minimally invasive bowel resection procedures accessible to more people. Increasingly, robotic assisted is becoming an option, we’ve seen innovations in dental surgery and precise inner ear surgery.