Medtronic Expands Global Access to Robot-Assisted Surgery
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) announced today that it has received three significant global market entry and indication expansion approvals for its Hugo robotic-assisted surgery system.
The Fridley, Minnesota-based company has received CE Marking for the general surgery indication, Health Canada license for the general laparoscopic surgery indication and approval from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for the urological surgical and gynecological laparoscopic indications in Japan.
New indications and approvals allow access to robotically assisted surgery in Europe, North America and Asia to expand the benefits of minimally invasive surgery.
Robot-assisted procedures have fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, and a faster return to normal activities. General surgery, gynecology and urology account for more than 80% of all robot-assisted surgeries performed worldwide, and general surgery is the fastest-growing segment of robotic surgery, according to Medtronic.
“Receiving these important approvals paves the way for our expansion into key robotics markets,” said Mike Marinaro, senior vice president and president of surgical robotics at Medtronic. “The Hugo RAS System was designed to address barriers to the adoption of robotic surgery, and these approvals are significant steps in bringing the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to more patients in more places around the world.”
Hugo uses the company’s Touch Surgery Enterprise, a cloud-based surgical video capture and management solution, to deliver a smart, digitally enabled surgical experience. It has handheld instruments, 3D visualization, and dedicated support teams that specialize in robotics program optimization, service, and training.
“These regulatory approvals are a major step in extending the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to patients around the world. We truly believe that artificial intelligence-assisted robotic surgery will transform the operating room,” said Carla Peron, chief medical officer of surgical robotics at Medtronic. Media Release. “Our team is thrilled to begin partnering with multiple surgeons and clients to help build and grow their robotic surgery programs in this extremely important area of healthcare.”
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