Current and Future Perspectives in Robotic Endovascular Surgery
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Purpose of Review
Endovascular robotic surgery remains a little known entity in the general medical community shrouded with misconception and intrigue. However, with continued evolution of robotic technology, it will inevitably become an integral part of the future vascular surgery practice.
Receiving 501(k) clearance for use in peripheral vascular interventions from the US Food and Drug Administration in February 2018, the Corindus CorPath® GRX is the latest advancement in endovascular robotics. With seven motors controlled from a remote workstation, its ability to control guidewire and catheter motion with precise calculated movements confers favorable patient outcomes, while the inherent reduction in radiation exposure and ergonomic stress reduces occupational hazards for the surgeon. Nonetheless, the endovascular robotic transformation is not poised to stop there. Novel technological advances in shape memory alloys and fiber Bragg grating sensors have already set the stage for future endovascular robotic design.
Endovascular robotics remains on the cutting edge of surgical technology. Although further investigations are necessary to succinctly outline the indications and applications, the benefits and future potential are clear.
KeywordsRobotic endovascular surgery Robotic vascular surgery Vascular robotics Endovascular robotics Robot-assisted vascular surgery CorPath
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Ahmed K. Ghamraoui and Joseph J. Ricotta II declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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