EndoControl announces the publication of the results of a new study that demonstrates the efficiency of ViKY® UP, the first voice controlled active surgical assistance system for positioning uterine manipulators in gynecological surgery.
The study was conducted in Royal Surrey County Hospital (Guilford, UK) on 36 cases (comprising 31 hysterectomies, 2 myomectomies, 2 sacrocolpopexies, and 1 excision of severe endometriosis) by Dr. Peter Barton Smith. The results were published in Journal of Robotic Surgery (April 2013).
ViKY in “The Clinical Services Journal” (June 2013). Today, surgeons are recognizing and understanding their limitations, and how they can be overcome with a new generation of systems. This article shows how ViKY raises MIS to the next level, and how ViKY brings great benefits in the OR.
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EndoControl today announced that the ViKY® UP received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance providing US surgeons with the first voice controlled active surgical assistance system for positioning uterine manipulator in gynecological surgery.
EndoControl appears in the "20 minutes" newspaper on the 20th of March 2013
Sébastien Crouzet (MD, Edouard Herriot Hospital, Lyon, France) received the third prize for best video at the European Association of Urology congress. He presented a novel concept of modular robotic platform used to perform prostate cancer surgeries through mini incisions (5mm).
Dr Crouzet proved that the platform facilitates gesture of the surgeon while respecting medico-economics constraints (platform costs 10 times less than current surgical robotic systems). The European urology community welcomed with great enthusiasm this revolutionary platform invented and made in France.
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EndoControl appears in the "Presences" monthly Magazine of February 2013 on page 12. The journalist presents our new alliance with TRUMPF Medical System.
January 28th 2013
_ EndoControl & TRUMPF Medical
Systems have just announced at the Arab Health exhibition in Dubai the extension of their strategic partnership to the Middle East and Africa region. This follows their announcement in November 2012 of the signature of a long-term exclusive distribution agreement for EndoControl’s ViKY® system in Europe. ViKY® has marked TRUMPF’s entry into the world of active assistance systems for laparoscopic surgery. Under this extended agreement, TRUMPF Medical Systems will have exclusive distribution rights for ViKY® in Europe, Middle East and Africa...
The EndoControl Newsletter N°4 is here: Strategic alliance between Endocontrol and TRUMPF, Launch of FluoRoMIS project financed by FUI, ViKY, JAiMY and 3D / The first Single Port Sacralcolpopexy with JAiMY. click here to download the EndoControl Newsletter!
Endocontrol is really proud to announce its new alliance with the international high-tech company TRUMPF Medical Systems. Robotics and systems providing assistance during procedures harbor a great potential for medical use. Therefore, TRUMPF Medical Systems, decided to expand its product portfolio in the direction of assistance systems. This prompted TRUMPF to enter into a strategic alliance with EndoControl, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical robotics. As part of this alliance, TRUMPF will distribute exclusively the ViKY® system in all around Europe.
Official launch of FLuoRoMIS project started on the 18th of September at Grenoble (FRANCE). This R&D project has been selected in the 13th call for proposals by the French cross-ministerials fund (FUI). The global cost of this project is 3,65 M€. The partners are: Endocontrol, FLUOPTICS, HAPTION, CEA-LETI, ISIR, TIMC et IMM. EndoControl has the leadership of this project.
Therese Bouveret of the Usine Nouvelle Magazine wrote a really nice article on Endocontrol and especially JAiMY in the section called "nugget gold". A big thank to Therese Bouveret and Usine Nouvelle Mag. The title of this article is EndoControl miniaturized surgical robotics.
Endocontrol is so happy to announce the 150th operation with the use of ViKY system and the 5th surgery with JAiMY of Dr. David Klifa. He recently completed a successful laparoscopic prostatectomy with the use of those two robots together.
Endocontrol is proud to announce that the first surgery with its latest CE marked product, JAiMY was held on the 19th of December 2011. Prof. Brice Gayet, head of digestive disease’s department at the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris, has successfully completed a laparoscopic Heller Myotomy with anti-reflux cure. Among the robotic devices available on the market, JAiMY is the only robotic laparoscopic instrument that goes through a 5mm cannula. This extraordinary instrument holds in its heart many technological innovations and should be a small revolution in the operating room.
The Robotic assistant developed by EndoControl Medical, ViKY® XL, was first used at Chi-Mei Medical Center Tainan, Taiwan in April 2011. Dr. Yih-Huei Uen, one of the pioneers of Single Incision laparoscopy in his country performed the first robotic assisted Single Incision laparoscopic procedure in Taiwan with ViKY® XL. Dr. Uen used a wireless microphone to control the movement and position of the laparoscope during a single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In addition to cholecystectomy Dr. Uen and his team have sucessfully performed laparoscopic hernia repairs and other general surgical procedures by a single incision approach. Single Incision Laparoscopic procedures are ergonomically challenging for the surgeon as they are required to manipulate several instruments and a laparoscope in a very limited space. Prior to using motorized technology, Dr. Uen had to rely on a surgical assistant to move and hold the laparoscope in the proper place and often had to contend for space with the assistant. The ViKY® XL system holds the scope steady does not fatigue and takes up very little space in the operative field enabling Dr. Uen to perform delicate maneuvers more efficently and it frees up the assistant to do more productive tasks.
On March 1st the first voice controlled laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy at Spire Bushey Hospital was performed by Mr Malcolm Padwick.
Mr Padwick used EndoControl’s ViKY® Endoscope Positioner during a complex gynaecological procedure – a laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and posterior repair. Completely voice activated, ViKY® is directed by the surgeon using a headset similar to that of a mobile phone. The robot will hold camera equipment, normally held by a surgical assistant throughout long surgical procedures, supporting greater vision control, accuracy during surgery and potentially reducing time spent in theatre.
Mr Padwick is the region’s leading gynaecologist specialising in cancer and regularly carries out complex laparoscopic cases. He says “The ViKY® robotic arm holds my 5 mm laparoscope perfectly still and stable. When required to move, it is a simple process of voice control via a computer and software package. A simple instruction produces an immediate accurate smooth and predictable response. As the surgeon, I am able to ensure that the operating field is always perfectly in view with the laparoscope following my instructions as voice commands. I feel the operation is completed with less stress, more accuracy and more quickly compared to using an assistant to operate the laparoscope. I now use the ViKY® robotic arm for all my intermediate and major cases.”
Spire Bushey Hospital is only the second hospital in the country to adopt this technology, and the first in the private sector. The hospital is the busiest of the Spire Healthcare Group which is committed to investing in the latest surgical technology and the provision of acute care procedures that make it a leader in the independent sector.
Summit Medical Group's Dr. Andrew Gumbs used ViKY® Endoscope Positioner during a laparoscopic gastrectomy on January 30th at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.
A revolutionary new voice controlled motorized surgical assistant was used for the first time in the U.S at Atlantic Health’s Overlook Hospital, in Summit, NJ.
Summit Medical Group's Dr. Andrew Gumbs put on a wireless headset similar to the ones used every day for cell phones, and spoke to ViKY®, a motorized surgical assistant that was developed by EndoControl.
Dr. ESCOBAR uses ViKY® Endoscope Positioner during a single port laparoscopic Hysterectomy in Cleveland.
Dr. Pedro Escobar, gynecological oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic, told his new assistant ViKY® to move the laparoscope right, and then closer to the target and it moved precisely and exactly to where he wanted it to be.
Why is this unusual? Because ViKY® is a voice controlled motorized surgical assistant.
In another first at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Escobar became the first gynecologist to use this new voice controlled motorized assistant in the U.S.
EndoControl, the French company specializing in advanced laparoscopy just experienced its first success with the new application for their ViKY® robot: a Uterus Positioner.
On July 22nd for the first time in Europe, ViKY® was used in combination with the da Vinci surgical robot. Mr Peter Barton-Smith, Consultant Gynaecologist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital specializing in Minimal Access and Robotic Surgery was sitting in front of a da Vinci operating console wearing a wireless headset to control ViKY®. With very simple voice commands he was able to position the uterus in the optimal way for surgery. ViKY® was attached to a uterine manipulator, a device which is inserted into the uterus and enables the surgeon to maneuver and position the uterus during the operation. By utilizing ViKY this avoided the need for an assistant sitting between the patient’s legs who has to try to respond to the surgeon’s instructions in order to position the uterus.
As of August 2010, Korean patients will be able to get surgery with a robotic assistant holding and moving the endoscope: ViKY®.
EndoControl, the French company specializing in advanced laparoscopy, and ASC Korea, its Korean distributor just got KFDA (Korean Food and Drug Administration) approval for the ViKY® robot. After the success of ViKY® Endoscope Positioner in Europe and the US, EndoControl decided to open the Asian market by entering Korea, Taiwan and India for the first step. After submitting the file to the KFDA in April 2010, ViKY® was registered as "Stereotaxic Unit, Navigation" on June 9th 2010. Finally, the sales license number was issued on August 4th 2010. EndoControl and ASC Korea forecast many purchases by local hospitals in the next months. ViKY® is a very simple compact robot which takes up no floor space (it is attached to the operating table). The robot is voice or foot controlled by the surgeon for more comfort and accuracy.
Mauna Kea Technologies, the global leader in endomicroscopy, and EndoControl, a developer of robotics to assist medical and surgical procedures, today announced a partnership with three leading medical and research institutes to develop a tiny, robotic-assisted, flexible endomicroscope that will allow physicians to explore the abdominal cavity in a minimally-invasive manner to determine if cancer patients are appropriate candidates for surgery or would be better suited to chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
Named the PERSEE project , the collaboration aims to help physicians make more informed choices about how to treat cancer patients to ultimately improve their outcomes. The project is backed with support from the Industrial Strategic Innovation program (ISI)
In March 2010, a 3M€ refinancing operation was finalized. Seventure joined Vizille Capital Innovation and Sudinnova in this new round of funding. Vizille Capital Innovation and Sudinnova participated in the first round of capital investment in 2007 with an initial investment of €1,05M. This additional capital will enable EndoControl to fast track future product development as well as bolster new product marketing efforts.
The Surgical Products magazine well known to be the leading magazine for news of technological advances in the operating room, read by the most important surgical professionals, chose ViKY for the last cover of 2010 Buyer's guide edition.
The Dunkerque Hospital in France performed successfully two radical prostatectomies using at the same time the ViKY® system and the 3D Viking system. The surgeon, Dr Amara satisfied by this experience announced "the ergonomics of work is better". Indeed, used together, ViKY® and Viking systems offer a highly stable platform in which surgeons can work and also provide an excellent level of control over the high quality image of the operating environment which is transmitted to a viewing screen in high-definition.
Gumbs performed the first ever ViKY assisted minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy on a 65-year-old man who was diagnosed with two pancreatic cysts, one of which is potentially cancerous.
Currently, pathologists are evaluating the cyst.
Gumbs added: "The new ViKY robotic laparoscope holder acts as an extra hand during surgery, giving me stability and steadiness. The view of the surgical field is critical, so ViKY's pinpoint accuracy helps me perform more complex procedures laparoscopically."
Fox Chase Cancer Center performed the world's first successful minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy using the ViKY® system's revolutionary robotic, compact laparoscope holder. The technology, developed in France and tested on thousands of patients in Europe, made its debut in a cancer setting in the United States at Fox Chase.
This month Fox Chase Cancer Center performed the world's first successful minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy using the ViKY® system's revolutionary robotic, compact laparoscope holder. The technology, developed in France and tested on thousands of patients in Europe, made its debut in a cancer setting in the United States at Fox Chase.
With ViKY at his side, Dr. Rosenfield made history by performing the first documented solo, laparoscopic hysterectomy in the world. Significantly, the entire procedure was performed in an outpatient facility, Pearl Women's Center.
Starting early in 2009, the new director of minimally invasive liver and pancreas surgery, Mr Gumbs plans to begin using the next generation of laparoscope technology, developed in France. Following Food and Drug Administration approval of the equipment, Fox Chase will serve as a beta testing site for the EndoControl ViKY system: a robotically controlled holder for the scope and camera. This new robotic technology serves as a "third hand" for the surgeon, providing greater precision and control compared to standard laparoscopy.
Based on a 6-year research program at the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, EndoControl developed an innovative robotized scope holder system, which is much more compact and ergonomic than existing solutions and economically advantageous.