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First hysterectomy success with combined robots in Europe

EndoControl, the French company specializing in advanced laparoscopy just experienced its first success with the new application for their ViKY® robot: a Uterus Positioner.

On July 22nd for the first time in Europe, ViKY® was used in combination with the da Vinci surgical robot. Mr Peter Barton-Smith, Consultant Gynaecologist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital specializing in Minimal Access and Robotic Surgery was sitting in front of a da Vinci operating console wearing a wireless headset to control ViKY®. With very simple voice commands he was able to position the uterus in the optimal way for surgery.

ViKY® was attached to a uterine manipulator, a device which is inserted into the uterus and enables the surgeon to maneuver and position the uterus during the operation. By utilizing ViKY this avoided the need for an assistant sitting between the patient’s legs who has to try to respond to the surgeon’s instructions in order to position the uterus.

Patient underwent a total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy for severe endometriosis. As the procedure was carried by minimally invasively robotics she only required four 1cm incisions in the abdomen. As a result she was discharged home in less than 24hrs the following day and will benefit from reduced pain and a faster return to normal activities

Following the success of the ViKY® Endoscope Positioner, which has enabled more than 100 surgeons around the world to control the camera and scope themselves during laparoscopic surgery, the company decided to extend ViKY® applications by adding the ability to perform uterine manipulation for gynaecological surgery. ViKY can be used in conjunction with various uterine manipulator systems.

ViKY® is a very simple compact robot which takes up no floor space since it is attached to the operating table. The robot is voice or foot controlled by the surgeon for improved ergonomics and precision.