The journey of creating the first dedicated platform for robot-assisted (super)microsurgery in reconstructive surgery

van Mulken, Tom J. M.; Scharmga, Andrea M. J.; Schols, Rutger M.; Cau, Raimondo; Jonis, Yasmine; Qiu, Shan S.; van der Hulst, René R. W. J.
February 2020
European Journal of Plastic Surgery;Feb2020, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
Incorporation of new technologies advances surgery in general. One example is robot assistance which can potentially overcome limitations in accessibility, dexterity, and ergonomics, thereby improving outcome of surgical procedures. To date, robot assistance has been used successfully in various fields of surgery. Also, in microsurgery robot assistance could offer great advantages as it requires great precision and meticulous technique. Currently available surgical robotic platforms are primarily designed for endoscopic procedures and lack the specific requirements for true microsurgery. Therefore, plastic surgeons of the Maastricht University Medical Center (Maastricht, the Netherlands) teamed up with engineers from the Eindhoven University of Technology (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) and developed the first dedicated robotic platform for (super)microsurgery, the MicroSure Robot (MSR). Level of evidence: Level V, therapeutic study.


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