Surgeons promote use of robotics for neuroendovascular procedures

Team of surgeons at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University are drawing concentrated efforts in applying robotics in neuroendovascular procedures. These are specifically performed via blood vessels of the neck and brain. With the latest development Jefferson has become the first center in the country to perform robotic transradial carotid stenting.

The findings of the latest research determined that the use of robots is not only safe, but also effective, while assisting surgeons during diagnostic cerebral angiograms and transradial carotid artery stenting.

Through the study, surgeons also drew attention to the urgency of time when a patient suffers a stroke, because the blocked vessel requires to be opened as quickly as possible in order to avoid further complications and damage. In addition, patients living in remote areas also have to travel for a stroke intervention, and time especially plays a crucial role in such cases.

“These robots would allow us to intervene remotely on those patients,” Pascal Jabbour, MD, Chief of the Division of Neurovascular Surgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery explained. “The patient would still be in the community and I would be sitting here at Jefferson controlling the robot.”

For the study, the team tested the use of a next-generation robotic-assisted surgical platform on 10 patients who were especially undergoing a diagnostic cerebral angiogram or carotid artery stenting. Sources reveal that all the procedures were successful without facing any complications.

Robots are approved by the FDA only for use in specific general surgery procedures and in interventional cardiology procedures. Experts suggest robots will present surgeons with precise control over the microcatheter and the microwire during neuroendovascular procedures.

In wake of the recent news, Jefferson commented, “The next generation of robots are ready to be launched and as soon as they are approved by the FDA we will be able to move to the next step, which is performing interventions inside the brain.

“Jefferson will be on the front line of this technology, training the new generation of fellows on how to use these robots before anyone else in the country.”