2 October 2017

World’s first super-microsurgery operation with ‘robot hands’

Early September, plastic surgeons at Maastricht University Medical Centre+ used a robotic device to surgically treat lymphedema in a patient. This is the world’s first super-microsurgical intervention using ‘robot hands’. The surgeons used the robotic device to suture 0.3 to 0.8 millimetre blood vessels in a patient's arm. This requires a level of surgical precision made possible by the robotic system developed by Eindhoven-based company Microsure. The patient is doing well and the surgeons are enthusiastic. The news of this extraordinary operation was announced during the twenty-sixth edition of the World Congress of Lymphology in Barcelona.