Tianjin's Micro Hand S performs successful clinical trials


After a long silence, here are some fresh news on the Chinese Micro Hand S robot (formerly called Micro Hand A).
"The minimally invasive surgery (MIS) robot system “Micro Hand S”, invented by Tianjin University (TJU) with independent intellectual property rights, was recently used to perform surgery on three Changsha patients. This success indicates the official opening of the next stage of clinical trials for the robot, with hopes for mass production within the next three years.  The announcement was made April 4, 2014 at a press conference held by the Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University. Wang Shuxin, project director and Dean of TJU School of Mechanical Engineering, was invited to attend. "
It performed its first clinical trials on March 26, March 31 and April 2 2014, as reported in a recent publication in Surgical Endoscopy
"In march 2014, one patient with gastric perforation and two patients with acute appendicitis who underwent robotic perforation repair and robotic appendectomy respectively. In these procedures, we firstly use ‘‘Micro Hand S’’ robot system. All of the patients were followed for 3 months, Total robotic operation time, Intraoperative blood loss and pre- and postoperative changes in routine blood test, liver function test, renal function test and major complications were recorded. Results ‘‘Micro Hand S’’ succeeded in accomplishing operations. No intraoperative complications or technical problems were encountered. At a three-month follow-up, patients were found to be progressing well, without evidence of adverse reactions."

Source: Tianjin University, Surgical Endoscopy


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