Dr. John Abrahams filed a provisional patent with the USPTO entitled, “Smart Robot-Assisted Brain & Spine Surgical System” earlier this year. He has been working on this project with Honeybee Robotics (Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York) to create a four-arm robot with a specifically designed robotic camera.
The robotic arm would enter into the skull through a small opening in the range of 10–20 mm integrated with an image guidance system to allow for accurate placement and master-slave dissection. The surgeon would orient the robotic arm and then sit at workstation controlling with both hands and feet. The purpose of the robot is to allow for more accurate dissection and less trauma to the brain, thus improving outcomes.
The project began three years ago after a thorough evaluation of existing technology and where there may be a clinical need. Dr. Abrahams developed the concept of the robot to minimize the time and extent of opening during cranial surgery following similar trends in General Surgery, Urology, Gynecology and Head & Neck Surgery.
Development will begin with the creation of the “Smart Retractor” with expectations for a clinical trial in 24-30 months. The goal of the project is to develop each of the four arms for the robot every 12-24 months. Dr. Abrahams intends to develop the Cranial Robotics Research Laboratory at Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York.
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