Robotics and eye surgery
Epublication WebSurg.com, Dec 2014;14(12). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03enbourcier001
The introduction of surgical robots revolutionized a number of specialties and the list of appropriate indications is growing rapidly. The number of procedures performed each year with the da Vinci™ Robotic Surgical System is also increasing rapidly, but the number of ophthalmological papers published has curiously remained very low since the first publication in 1997. The question of the role of robotics in ophthalmic surgery - already minimally invasive microsurgery with very good results – is legitimate. We had the opportunity to use the new da Vinci™ system at the IRCAD training center in 2012-2013. The new da Vinci™ Si HD robot has been available since 2009. It is similar to the previous version but presents several new or improved features. We performed various ocular surface surgeries on porcine eyes and were able to confirm the feasibility of the different surgical steps. Advantages and drawbacks of robotics are discussed in the presentation. It is important that continuing R&D bring about the specific improvements necessary for broader robot implication in ophthalmological surgery.