UK surgical robot installed at French hospital

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CRM Surgical has implemented its Versius surgical robotic system at Clinique du Parc Hospital in Saint-Etienne, France.

The UK-built Versius provides robotic support in minimal access surgery (MAS), commonly known as keyhole surgery, including hernia repair, prostatectomies and hysterectomies.

MAS reportedly has better patient outcomes and shorter hospital stays compared to open surgery, two factors that CRM said it believes are increasingly important as health services continue to seek solutions that minimise exposure to the coronavirus.

According to CRM, the technology can be moved between operating rooms allowing one Versius system to perform up to 300 surgeries annually.

Karine Giroudon, manager of Clinique du Parc, said: “Versius’ versatility and the fact that it is easily transportable means we have complete flexibility. Unlike anything before it, Versius can be used many times a day, in different theatres and by teams working across multiple disciplines such as gastroenterology, urology and gynaecology.

“Our surgical teams are leading the way in the use of this surgical tool, allowing us to offer the benefits of MAS to more patients than ever before.”

Whilst France is leading the robotics market in Europe, and is third in the world, within healthcare only 6% of medium-sized public hospitals have a robotic surgery department. CRM said it hopes Versius will make MAS more accessible.

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