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Medtronic's Hugo robot performed first-ever minimally invasive surgery in Chile


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Medtronic's Hugo system was used in its first-ever patient procedure: a minimally invasive prostatectomy performed in Chile.

Using a range of modular instruments and 3D visualization technology, the surgeon can control up to four independent robotic arms.

Hugo can also capture video of the entire undertaking, which can be shared with medical teams for further training.

The system has not yet been cleared in the U.S. or Europe.

In addition to the high costs of many robotic-assisted surgery systems, most present physical barriers as well.

The Hugo system aims to eliminate these issues.

Medtronic hopes to make the system available to surgical teams at a per-procedure cost.

Each part of Hugo's is housed on a separate, compact rolling cart.

Robotic arms and visualization tower can therefore be moved throughout a hospital as necessary.

Can also be used on its own, sans robotic arms, to perform routine laparoscopic procedures.

Equipped with a standard endoscope and also offers high-tech 3D imaging tool.

Low-cost, compact robot to help surgeons - yet to receive approval in the US and Europe

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