The new da Vinci SP System, the revolution of robotic surgery

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The multinational company ab medica has introduced the new da Vinci Single Port (SP) system, which is now entering the Italian market. Produced in the United States, the da Vinci SP enhances the fourth generation of the da Vinci systems, which already includes the Multiport X and Xi robotic systems.

One Arm, One Entry

Thanks to advanced technology, the da Vinci SP allows surgeons to perform complex operations with a single entry point into the patient’s body, avoiding incisions into muscle tissue. While the Multiport system required four entry points, the da Vinci SP needs only one. This technology combines a flexible endoscope that provides high-definition 3D images, allowing surgeons to see above, below, and around anatomical structures during surgery, with instruments that offer seven degrees of mobility, enhancing the surgeon’s precision and maneuverability beyond human capability, all while keeping the patient in an ergonomic position.

According to Filippo Pacinotti, Business Director, “Single Port surgery and NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery), which uses natural orifices without any cuts or incisions, are the new frontier aimed at achieving the best results with the least damage to the patient.”

A Useful Database for Prevention

Speaking with INNLIFES, Francesca Cerruti, CEO of ab medica, explained that “The da Vinci robotic system collects data through an Artificial Intelligence system, including usage times, types of instruments used, and the pathologies treated. This allows the development of clinical predictability, aiding in prevention and improving the analysis of surgical images and data.”

Da Vinci System: From Cardiac Surgery in 1999…

“The first da Vinci system was used in cardiac surgery, where precision is critical. Although the use of the system in cardiac surgery has declined in absolute numbers, the da Vinci system has been adapted for other applications such as thoracic surgery, where it makes a significant difference by allowing access without fully opening the sternum,” Cerruti explained.

…to Oncology Today

Thanks to the technology of the da Vinci SP and its minimal access, it is possible to rethink its use in cardiac surgery. Currently, the focus is on oncology, but the goal is to extend its use. “The more the da Vinci SP is used, the more economically sustainable and accessible it will become for the public health system,” said Cerruti.

The da Vinci robotic system is currently used in Otorhinolaryngology, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Gynecology, Urology, and Pediatric Surgery. Since its debut in Italy in 1999, over 300,000 patients have undergone surgery with this system, and in 2024, over 50,000 are expected to be treated.

Milan and Naples: The First Two da Vinci SP Systems

Recently, two da Vinci SP systems were installed at the ASST Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda in Milan and the National Cancer Institute IRCCS G. Pascale Foundation in Naples. In Milan, the system marks the 200th da Vinci system in Italy and was used for the first time in General Surgery, while in Naples, the team led by Dr. Sisto Perdonà performed the first da Vinci SP surgery in Urology.

“The prostate tumor was removed in 2 hours and 15 minutes, compared to the 10 hours it used to take,” said Perdonà, highlighting the benefits in terms of minimal invasiveness and shorter recovery times.

ab medica: Gender Equality

Founded 40 years ago, ab medica is a leader in the production and distribution of advanced medical technologies, focusing on surgical robotics and telemedicine. With 395 employees, 48% of whom are women, the company obtained Gender Equality Certification in 2023 to promote this cultural concept. Present in various European and North African countries, ab medica operates 60% in the public sector and 40% in the private sector. Its areas of activity include, in addition to those already mentioned, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Radiology, Sterilization, Orthopedic Surgery, Endovascular Surgery, Anesthesia and Resuscitation, and Urology.

As of 2024, the company has a new certified Training Center with two Operating Rooms and one Reprocessing Room.

Source: innlifes.com