Robotics Surgery Urology

da Vinci Surgical Robot Given Sense of Touch to Prevent Injury

This is a serious problem, as our sense of touch lets us know when something is in the way, when a tear may start forming, and when it feels like tissue is about to give. Engineers and surgeons at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy, using the da Vinci Research Kit, have now developed a force sensor for the da Vinci trocars that provides real-time haptic feedback to the user. The surgical instruments stay as they are and don’t have to be tinkered with in any way, making it easy to introduce the technology into future surgical robots. Moreover, the sensors can be used to prevent the surgeon from accidentally applying too much force, preventing potential injury.


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