Laparoscopic robotic surgery: Current perspective and future directions

Sally Kathryn Longmore, Ganesh Naik, Gaetano D. Gargiulo

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Just as laparoscopic surgery provided a giant leap in safety and recovery for patients over open surgery methods, robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) is doing the same to laparoscopic surgery. The first laparoscopic-RAS systems to be commercialized were the Intuitive Surgical, Inc. da Vinci and the Computer Motion Zeus. These systems were similar in many aspects, which led to a patent dispute between the two companies. Before the dispute was settled in court, Intuitive Surgical bought Computer Motion, and thus owned critical patents for laparoscopic-RAS. Recently, the patents held by Intuitive Surgical have begun to expire, leading to many new laparoscopic-RAS systems being developed and entering the market. In this study, we review the newly commercialized and prototype laparoscopic-RAS systems. We compare the features of the imaging and display technology, surgeons console and patient cart of the reviewed RAS systems. We also briefly discuss the future directions of laparoscopic-RAS surgery. With new laparoscopic-RAS systems now commercially available we should see RAS being adopted more widely in surgical interventions and costs of procedures using RAS to decrease in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number42
Number of pages22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • End effectors
  • Hand controllers
  • Haptic feedback
  • Laparoscopic; 3D stereoscopic imaging
  • Patents
  • Robotic-assisted surgery
  • Tremor removal


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