TECHNOLOGY

In Italy, a kidney operation performed with a...Playstation controller

A revolutionary surgical operation, performed using a remote control device, has been staged in Italy. 

At the Mauriziano Hospital in Turin, in fact, a Chinese patient suffering from complex biliary calculosis was operated on using a revolutionary new robot, 'Ily', remotely controlled via a controller of the well-known Sony console, Playstation.

The operation was performed by Dr. Roberto Migliari (Director of Urology at the Mauriziano Hospital) and his team, thanks to the technology of the new endoscopic surgery robot.

This intervention, the staff recalls, is another important step for the future of technological surgery at the hospital itself but of medicine in general.

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An operation conducted with a joystick
A revolutionary surgical operation, performed using a remote control device, has been staged in Italy. At the Mauriziano hospital in Turin, in fact, a Chinese patient suffering from complex biliary calculosis was operated on using a revolutionary new robot, 'Ily', remotely controlled via a controller of the well-known Sony console, Playstation.
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The team that performed the operation.
The operation was performed by Dr Roberto Migliari (Director of Urology at the Mauriziano Hospital) and his team, thanks to the technology of the new endoscopic surgery robot.
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What does this robot look like?
Professor Migliari himself, as reported by 'SkyTg24', talks about the complexity of the new instrument: 'This new robot features a multifunctional arm that guides a flexible endoscopic instrument with extreme precision inside the urinary tract until the stone is located. Once reached, we can pulverise it with the new powerful pulsed super laser, already recently used for prostate surgery'.
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A step into the future
This intervention, the staff recalls, is another important step for the future of technological surgery in the hospital itself and medicine in general.
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The real revolution
Whereas previously the flexible instrument used was controlled analogue, 'by hand', now the function has been implemented to control it via the famous Playstation joystick, which sends signals to the robotic arm, and in this way allows the endoscope to move with millimetre precision. Thanks to this, the surgeon manoeuvring it can stay away from the radiation that is used to show the way.
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26/02/2024
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