The AESOP Robotic System, the ZEUS Surgical system, and the da Vinci Surgical System are some of the most advanced surgical robots used in today’s procedures. These are robots used to make minimally invasive surgeries possible by allowing surgeons to have greater dexterity, range of motion, and reach.
AESOP Robotic Surgical System
The AESOP Robotic System was developed by Computer Motion and funded by NASA. The FDA cleared the system for use in 1994. This system maneuvers endoscopic technology inside a patient’s body during surgery through voice commands by the surgeon. This frees the surgeon to only having to control the other two arms of the robots used instead of all three. The camera also can be inserted through a small incision allowing for minimal invasion.
ZEUS Robotic Surgical System
The ZEUS surgical robot is relatively new to health care as it was cleared by the FDA for use in laparoscopic and theracoscopic surgeries in 2001. This robot consists of three arms, one of which uses AESOP technology while the other two are used as the surgeon’s right and left arms. Surgeons can give voice commands while controlling the other two robotic arms by sitting at a console that shows a 3D image of the surgery.
Da Vinci Surgical System
The da Vinci Surgical System consists of four robotic arms, three of which are used to hold tools while the fourth is used as an endoscopic camera. Its camera consists of two lenses that allow the surgeon to get a full view of the surgical area. The surgeon views the 3D image at a console that is in the same room as the patient. While at the console the surgeon controls the robotic arms with foot pedals and hand controls. This robot is capable of making more precise movements than humans and is why it is becoming popular among heart and prostate surgeries.
RobotWorx is happy to see robotic technology being used to help improve the quality of health care. Robots can provide impeccable results in situations that do not allow room for error and that are too difficult for humans to complete without help. The exploration of robots in surgeries can only help to continue to improve health care.