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Robotic surgery breakthrough made in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has developed the world's first internally motorized minimally invasive surgical robotic system.

From left: University of Hong Kong Professors Law Wai-Lun and Yeung Chung-Kwong, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University Professor Yung Kai-Leung hope to apply the novel surgical robotic system on humans in the near future.

Collaboration between The University of Hong Kong’s Department of Surgery and Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has led to a breakthrough in robotic surgery: the world’s first internally motorized minimally invasive surgical robotic system.

The novel surgical robotic system (NSRS) will allow for single-incision procedures or natural-orifice, non-invasive surgery due to its small, high-precision arms. These are driven by internal micro-motors that provide tactile feedback and are capable of up to 10 degrees of freedom in movement. Currently available surgical robots require multiple incisions, lack tactile feedback and are bulky, making the NSRS a much safer and less invasive option.

The professors collaborating on the project hoped to apply this system to various robotic surgeries on humans in the near future to enhance the well-being of patients.

This innovative project is funded by NISI (HK) Limited, a company specializing in non-invasive surgical innovations, and supported by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

 


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