Intuitive Surgical, makers of the famous da Vinci line of robotic-assisted surgical platforms, just announced receiving European regulatory approval to introduce its new da Vinci X surgical system. The system is designed for customers that can’t afford the hefty price tag of more expensive da Vinci robots while offering many of the same capabilities as those products. The console that the surgeon uses to manipulate the robot stays the same, as well as the display cart which nearby clinicians use to monitor the procedure.
Similar to the da Vinci Si system, the da Vinci X has its robotic arms mounted on a side cart, while the arms are based on the lower profile and longer reach of the da Vinci Xi. Also, like the da Vinci Xi, the da Vinci X has laser and voice guidance features for quick preparation before a procedure. Unlike the da Vinci Xi, though, this product is not ideal for multi-quadrant surgeries and does not not have Integrated Table Motion capability.
Devices such as staplers, firefly, and vessel sealers are still available on the da Vinci X and all the support, services, and training offered by Intuitive Surgical apply to this more budget friendly offering.
The da Vinci X still requires FDA clearance and so is not yet available in the U.S.
More from the announcement:
The da Vinci X System enables optimized, focused-quadrant surgery including for procedures like prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy, hernia repair, benign hysterectomy and sacrocolpopexy, among others. The System features flexible port placement and state-of-the-art 3D digital optics, while incorporating the same advanced instruments and accessories as Intuitive’s flagship system. The new system drives operational efficiencies through set-up technology that uses voice and laser guidance, drape design that simplifies surgery prep, and a lightweight, fully integrated endoscope.
Via: Intuitive Surgical…