Brain Aneurysms Can Now Be Treated Surgically With a Robot

Canadian doctors recently presented new research suggesting that robotic surgery is the most effective treatment of brain aneurysms.

Brain Imaging

Brain Imaging

Surgical treatment of brain aneurysms involves several methods, including endovascular stenting, cervical aneurysm clamping, and endovascular embolization.

At the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2020, a conference on stroke held in Los Angeles from February 19-21, Canadian scientists from the University of Toronto presented new papers proposing to perform these surgical procedures with a robot.

Although robotic technology has already been proven in surgery and cardiology, this is not yet the case with cerebrovascular interventions. In this study, the researchers used a robotic system specially adapted to neurovascular interventions.

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Software and hardware adaptations made it possible to equip the robot with microcatheters and other devices used in endovascular surgery. These parameters also ensure more precise fine motor control than previous system models, say the researchers.

“The ability to perform robotic treatment of intracranial aneurysms is a major advance in neuroendovascular surgery,” says Vitor Mendes Pereira, neurosurgeon and professor of Imagiology and Medical Surgery at the University of Toronto, who led the work.

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