Intuitive Surgical received FDA clearance and will be making available its Single-Site Instrumentation for performing laparoscopic robotic-assisted cholecystectomies.
The kit is used with the da Vinci Si robotic surgical system much like traditional multi-port surgeries, providing surgeons precise control and 3D high definition video at the console.
From the press release:
The Single-Site suite of instruments and accessories consists of the Single-Site Port, specialized curved cannulae and 5mm semi-rigid instruments, which are compatible with any da Vinci Si Surgical System. The design of the instruments and the da Vinci System’s Remote Center Technology are intended to reduce instrument crowding and external collisions typically associated with hand-held, laparoscopic single-incision devices.
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