The Flex Robotic System allows surgeons to remove large colorectal lesions through minimally invasive surgery, MDLinx reports.
Here's what you should know:
1. New York City-based NYU Langone Health physicians were the first in New York to use the system.
2. Colorectal surgeon Mitchell Bernstein, MD, and Seth Gross, MD, used the machine to remove a premalignant rectal lesion from a woman. The woman was discharged the same day.
3. The platform combines endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery principles for luminal gastrointestinal procedures. The system removes lesions without traditional incisions.
4. Dr. Gross said, "This is the first time a robotic platform was incorporated into gastrointestinal endoscopy. At a time when technology and advancement in endoscopy is rapidly improving, our division is committed to studying and utilizing the best technologies available to care for patients."