…it is evident that with the first few uses [of FlexDex] an experienced laparoscopist can implement this tool…Immediate differences were noted in the ability to control needle advancement and maintain a rhythm similar in form to robotic suturing.
Dr. Simone Crivellaro, one of the earliest adopters of the FlexDex handheld robotic platform and first surgeon to perform a partial nephrectomy using the FlexDex Needle Driver, has published a new study discussing the merits of this new technology. The paper states that while studies vary, “it is well established that the learning curve for laparoscopy is higher than for robotic surgery and instruments like the Flexdex™ may help to bridge this difference. Giving providers a chance to utilize a more intuitive laparoscopic instrument may ensure a higher level of comfort and the ability to provide MIS NSS, the standard of care for these lesions.” In conclusion it states, “The instrument may provide an alternative to the surgeon that is both more intuitive to use than traditional laparoscopy and more cost effective than robotic surgery.”
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