Medical City Plano first to adopt Momentis surgical robot

Medical City Plano staff. Photos courtesy Jennifer Davis.
Medical City Plano staff. Photos courtesy Jennifer Davis.

This month, Medical City Plano became the first to adopt Momentis Surgical Ltd.’s Anovo Surgical System, the only FDA-authorized surgical robot with humanoid-shaped arms.

The system, which features miniature humanoid-shaped arms, with shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints that mimic a surgeon’s precise movements for high agility and dexterity, will be used for transvaginal benign gynecological procedures such as hysterectomies, salpingectomies, oophorectomies, adnexectomies and ovarian cyst removals. The transvaginal approach allows for less patient pain and scarring, shorter recovery times and reduced infection rates, according to a 2015 study.

“Incorporating a smaller, lighter, and more cost effective robotic surgical platform will allow more rural areas, smaller hospitals and surgery centers to offer minimally invasive surgery, resulting in more patients having access to the most up-to-date and least invasive surgical options. We are proud to be the first in Texas to adopt this remarkable new technology and make it available to patients,” said Thomas P. Heffernan, a practicing gynecologic oncologist at Medical City Plano.

“We are pleased to see significant progress in bringing the Anovo Surgical System, the first surgical robot of its kind, to more healthcare facilities and patients across the U.S. including acute care hospitals such as Medical City Plano,” said Dvir Cohen, CEO and co-founder of Momentis. “In the months ahead, we will continue our efforts to broaden availability of the system and improve gynecological surgery to enable more surgeons to perform the clinically preferred transvaginal approach, setting a higher standard in women’s healthcare.”

CORRECTION: This article has been corrected from an earlier version that stated that the Anovo system was the first FDA-approved surgical robot. The Anovo system is the first FDA-authorized surgical robot with humanoid-shaped arms.

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