World’s First Clinical Trial in Advanced Robotic Surgical System
CUHK Successfully Conducted the World’s First Multi-Specialty Clinical Trial Using the Next Generation Single Port Robotic Surgical System
The Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has successfully conducted the world’s first multi-specialty clinical trial using the ‘Single Port Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgical System’. More than 60 patients underwent single port robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in three different surgical specialties, namely otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery, urology, and colorectal surgery, demonstrating that multiple procedures could be performed through a single entry site. MIS aims to minimise the size of incisions, reduce trauma and pain suffered by patients, enabling faster recovery and lowering the risk of infection. The novel system further allows surgeons to reach deep spaces previously difficult to reach, such as the nasopharynx and the hypopharynx, and to carry out delicate procedures with precision.
The next generation of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical system only needs a single entry site, which may be an incision or a natural orifice, to allow the 2.5 cm system cannula consisting of three instruments and a high-definition (HD) 3D camera to go through for the operation. Trained surgeons can control the instruments at the distal tip and view the superior HD 3D image of the operating field through the endoscope via the console. These features enable surgeons to perform complicated procedures with precision in narrow workspaces.
The surgical teams at CUHK are recognised globally as the pioneer in developing minimally invasive surgery.
The clinical trial results have provided valuable data for the introduction of the single port surgical robotic system for clinical use and the development for wider applications in multiple specialties. The success showcases that the clinical standard of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK is recognised internationally and supported by a solid cross-disciplinary working team, comprising multi-specialty surgeons, nurses and anaesthesiologists, who collaborated closely and effectively to perform and complete the clinical trial. It also reinforces the status of the Faculty as a global research hub and training ground for MIS.