New microsurgery robot is five times as precise as a human hand.
A very steady hand and a lot of concentration: carrying out highly precise operations, for example to repair blood vessels or nerve fibers, places such high demands on surgeons that few are able to do it successfully. That means long waiting times for patients who need operations, for example after a serious accident or for the removal of a tumor.
Mechanical engineer Raimondo Cau has developed a new robot specially for microsurgery. This robot will enable more surgeons to carry out highly precise microsurgery, and will allow waiting times to be shortened. The robot also reduces the physical burden on the surgeon. A third benefit is that the robot will make new and more precise operations possible, such as difficult reconstructions of the hand or face. The prototype will now be further developed together with Academic Hospital Maastricht, and the results of the first clinical tests are expected within the next year.
On 5 February, Cau will gain his PhD at TU/e.