How feasible is use of the Robotic ENT Microsurgery System (REMS) in stabilization for microvascular surgery?
The REMS (Galen Robotics, Inc.) is a feasible adjunct for microvascular surgery and a potential teaching tool capable of reducing tremor in novice users.
Explore this issue:November 2017
Background: The microvascular anastomosis of vessels 1 mm to 5 mm in diameter is one of the most technically challenging procedures within otolaryngology–head and neck surgery. Unfortunately, no robotic platform is currently capable of improving the surgeon’s dexterity and operative efficiency for microvascular surgery. The REMS’ force-feedback control system stabilizes the user’s primary instrument, which may particularly help less experienced surgeons.
Study design: Prospective feasibility study performed by six microvascular naïve participants and one microvascular expert on a chicken thigh model.