A robotic camera controller for keyhole surgery or Prosurgics’ FreeHand will be on display at England’s Royal College of Surgeons ‘Sci-Fi Surgery: Medical Robots’ exhibition running 8 September 2009 to 23 December 2009. The exhibition explores medical robotics from sci-fi fantasy to current day reality and future developments. Being the latest robotic system launched in February 2009, FreeHand is already in use in seven countries across Europe. FreeHand is suitable for use in all laparoscopic or minimally invasive procedures. The first colorectal surgeries in the USA were performed earlier this year at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Surgeons Dr Marc Brand and Dr Theodore Saclarides successfully completed three laparoscopic hemi-colectomies using FreeHand.
FreeHand is an affordable 7kg robotic device that gives surgeons direct control of the laparoscopic camera via a small, lightweight hands-free controller worn on the surgeon’s head. Gentle head movements permit precise scope positioning. It provides a rock-steady image and faster surgery after a very rapid learning curve. FreeHand can reduce surgery time, which reduces costs and benefits patients.