Robotic Surgery: Who will be the Next Top Dog?
The competitive stakes in robotic surgery have never been higher as medical device companies try to disrupt the market that Intuitive Surgical pioneered more than two decades ago.
Robotic surgery pioneer Intuitive Surgical celebrated a big milestone this week: The number of robotic-assisted procedures performed worldwide using the da Vinci surgical system has just surpassed 10 million.
Cleared by FDA in 2000, there are nearly 70 representative clinical uses for da Vinci systems, Intuitive noted, spanning clinical specialties including urology, gynecology, thoracic surgery, general surgery, and transoral surgery.
“Surgeon use of da Vinci surgical systems in more than 10 million procedures reflects the benefits that high-quality, minimally invasive surgery conveys to patients, families, and the healthcare systems that care for them,” said Intuitive CEO Gary Guthart. “While we are proud of this milestone and momentum, this is really a moment to look at what we’ve learned from these 10 million procedures and ask ourselves how we can apply that to improving the field of surgery for years to come.”
Intuitive said it plans to continue taking its deep and broad experience from these procedures and putting it to work for customers in the form of personalized surgical training programs, continued innovation in systems, instruments and accessories, and an expanded ecosystem of customer services, evidence development, and digital support and solutions.
Intuitive’s latest, fourth generation of robotic surgery systems (pictured below), the da Vinci X, Xi, and its single-port system, have continued to evolve through technology, as well as the addition of instruments, features, and digital support. The company’s innovation in robotic-assisted technology includes development of its Ion endoluminal system designed to enable robotic-assisted lung biopsy.