1998, English, Article
One year of experience working with the aid of a robotic assistant (the voice-controlled optic holder AESOP) in gynaecological endoscopic surgery
Mettler, L.; Ibrahim, M.; Jonat, W.
The aim of the study was a comparison of robotic versus human laparoscopic camera control. Utilizing robotic technology a robot has been designed specifically for the purpose of holding and manoeuvring the laparoscope under the direct control of the surgeon. We tested AESOP (automated endoscopic system for optimal positioning) in 50 patients undergoing routine gynaecological endoscopic surgical procedures. The elimination of the camera holder allows two doctors to perform complex laparoscopic surgery faster than without the robotic arm. The timing of surgical procedures performed by surgeons using the voice control was compared to the timing of similar operations using the foot or hand control. The voice-controlled AESOP works more efficiently and faster than the hand or foot control.
Copyright (C) 1998, European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
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