Robotic Microsurgery in Male Infertility and Urology

Taking Robotics to the Next Level

Ahmet Gudeloglu; Jamin V. Brahmbhatt; Sijo J. Parekattil


Transl Androl Urol. 2014;3(1):102-112. 

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Robotics in the Future

Cost and the lack of tactile feedback are some challenges of the current commercially available da Vinci robotic system. However, as technology evolves, it is likely that these limitations will be overcome with newer and competing platforms.

Recently, a video illustrating the working principles of novel robotic system called SPORT-Single Port Orifice Robotic Technology (Titan Medical Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada) was released.[59] This video shows the deployment of a 3D high definition camera and two flexible robotic instrument arms through a single port platform. This same group is also working on the development of a multi-port surgical system called Amadeus, which features tactile feedback. Raven is another surgical robot from the University of Washington funded by the Department of Defense, which focuses on telesurgery for military applications.[60,61] The Sofie (Surgeons Operating Force-feedback Interface Eindhoven) is another robot from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherland that is being developed with tactile feedback.[61]

All these technological advances may provide more tools and options to allow surgeons to shift from standard microsurgery to robotic assisted microsurgery assistance in the future.