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Tristan Bourcier, Mathieu Nardin, Arnaud Sauer, David Gaucher, Claude Speeg, Didier Mutter, Jacques Marescaux, Philippe Liverneaux; Robot-Assisted Pterygium Surgery: Feasibility Study in a Nonliving Porcine Model. Trans. Vis. Sci. Tech. 2015;4(1):9. doi: 10.1167/tvst.4.1.9.
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This study aims to investigate the feasibility of pterygium surgery using the DaVinci Si HD robotic surgical system, and to describe a porcine model for pterygium surgery and evaluate its usefulness.
The pterygium models were constructed using enucleated pig eyes and cold cuts. Robotically-assisted pterygium surgeries in nonliving biological pterygium models were performed using the DaVinci Si HD robotic surgical system. Twelve models were prepared, and 12 pterygium excision and conjunctival autografts were performed.
The DaVinci system provided the necessary dexterity to perform delicate ocular surface surgery and robotic tools were safe for the tissues. The mean duration of the surgical procedures was 36 minutes. There were no intraoperative complications and no unexpected events.
Robotic-assisted pterygium surgery is technically feasible for porcine eyes using the DaVinci Si HD robotic surgical system. The pterygium model that we describe could be of interest for surgical training.
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Little research has been done in robotic microsurgery. Animal experimentation will allow the advantages of robotic-assisted microsurgery to be identified, while underlining the improvements and innovations necessary for clinical use.
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