Orthopedic robot used in surgery

A self-developed orthopedic robot system has been put into use in a hospital in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The Affiliated Hospital of Chengdu University carried out a robot-assisted orthopedic surgery on Tuesday.

During the operation, the robot first identified the accurate position, and then its mechanical arm guided doctors to the place.

The surgery only took 20 minutes, with small wounds.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): LI KAINAN, Dept. of Orthopedics, Affiliated Hospital of Chengdu Univ.
“Through X-ray technology, we collect information and input it into the orthopedic robot’s computer. Then the robot produces three dimensional images of bones. According to the images, we work out procedures and paths of the operation for precision positioning. Then the robot will follow our command and reach the designated place.”

The robot consists of a control system – a computer, and an execution system – a mechanical arm.

Robot-assisted orthopedic surgery can achieve levels of accuracy, precision and safety not capable with computer-assisted orthopedic surgery.

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