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Hand-held robot points to less invasive prostate surgery

Jul. 18, 2019—Vanderbilt collaborators focused on minimally invasive prostate surgery are developing an endoscopic robotic system with two-handed dexterity at a much smaller scale than existing options. A key part of the design – telescoping, curved, concentric tubes – received U.S. patent protection in March 2019, the same month the principal investigators secured a $2.1 million R01...

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Team developing imaging upgrade for robotic surgery

Oct. 12, 2017—Removing part of a kidney with minimally invasive robotic surgery rather than an entire kidney when operating for smaller tumors is often best for patients from a recovery and health standpoint, but many surgeons hesitate to do so because of the complexity of the robotic partial nephrectomy procedure.

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Tiny mechanical wrist gives new dexterity to needlescopic surgery

Jul. 23, 2015—VIDEO» A Vanderbilt research team has successfully created a mechanical wrist less than 1/16th of an inch thick -- small enough to use in needlescopic surgery, the smallest form of minimally invasive surgery.

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Restoring surgeons’ sense of touch during minimally invasive surgeries

Oct. 15, 2013—A team of engineers and doctors have developed a new wireless capsule that can give surgeons back their sense of touch when performing minimally invasive surgery.

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Vanderbilt football player gets pioneering microsurgery

Sep. 25, 2013—A Vanderbilt football player had never been this sick, strong stomach cramps, extreme pain in his midsection.  It threatened his college football career and could even threaten his life.  But a special micro surgery procedure, pioneered at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, got him back quickly on the football field.  Barb Cramer has more.

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Telerobotic system designed to treat bladder cancer

Apr. 2, 2013—An interdisciplinary collaboration of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities has designed a robotic microsurgery system specifically designed to treat bladder cancer, the sixth most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the most expensive to treat.

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