Surgical robots have been used in several clinical applications, especially in laparoscopic surgery. Recently the first experimental microvascular surgery was performed in a pig using the da Vinci Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical, Inc, Sunnyvale, US).
1This system consists of a three-dimensional stereoscopic vision system with three robotic slave arms. The instruments have 3 degrees of freedom and are controlled by the surgeon from a console (Figure 1). We would like to share our first clinical experience with the robot in microvascular surgery.
- Katz R.D.
- Rosson G.D.
- Taylor J.A.
- et al.
Robotics in microsurgery: use of a surgical robot to perform a free flap in a pig.
Microsurgery. 2005; 25: 566
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- Robotics in microsurgery: use of a surgical robot to perform a free flap in a pig.Microsurgery. 2005; 25: 566
Published online: June 28, 2006
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