LIMB REPLANTATION WITH TWO ROBOTS: A FEASIBILITY STUDY IN A PIG MODEL


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Abstract

The aim of this study is to assess the feasibility of limb replantations and transplantations by telesurgery. The material consisted in a large white pig and two surgical robots (DaVinciS® telemanipulators). The procedure consisted in a trans-humeral cross-section of the left thoracic limb, which was secondarily replanted. Results showed good vascular permeability, while the operator's physiological tremor was suppressed. Our results seem to demonstrate that telesurgery could improve limb replantation and transplantation management, especially regarding operating gesture precision.

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