Experiences and challenges in robot surgery

Magnus Annerstedt, MD. Herlev University Hospital


Abstract. The use of robots in surgery has grown exponentially the last couple of years. Initial research and development were mainly driven by the US Army in order to use robots, instead of surgeons, near the line of fire. Gradually, applications in medicine have been implemented. The present surgical robot is a so-called master-slave system and is used for several types of surgical procedures. Advantages include 10 times magnification, 3D-vision, motion scaling, tremor filter and more degrees of freedom compared to conventional laparoscopy. Disadvantages are lack of tactical feedback, limitations of the operative field and the initial capital investment. In the future we will probably see robots that integrate real time imaging techniques and have tactical feedback. The systems will be smaller and even less invasive using single port techniques.


Biography. Magnus Annerstedt is section head of Robotic Surgery at the department of urology, Herlev University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark. He got his medical degree from the university of Gothenburg and was the first surgeon using the daVinci Surgical System at the university hospital of Lund, Sweden. He has performed over 350 robotic surgical procedures and is focusing on cancer surgery and surgical development.