Robot 'surgeon' in city surgery a success
Local doctors conducted a knee joint replacement surgery using the nation’s first domestically made orthopedic surgical robot, Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital said on Monday.
The patient was a 69-year-old woman with a pain in her left knee that had restricted her movement for years.
The surgical robot system, which is an orthopedic surgery navigation and positioning system, was developed by a team led by the hospital’s Dr Li Huiwu. All key parts are made in China. Previously, all such robots depended on imported parts.
“The robot can conduct pre-surgery planning and fulfil many surgery supporting tasks under the direction of doctors,” Li said. “With the help of the robot, there is less injury and damage to the patient, who has less bleeding, less trauma during surgery and a quicker recovery. The installation of an artificial joint is also more accurate than traditional methods.”