Robotic-Assisted Removal of Kidney Stones for First Patient

February 23, 2023 | Automation

Ethicon recently announced the first patient to successfully have kidney stones removed using their MONARCH robotic assistant which took place at UCI Health, the clinical enterprise of the University of California, Irvine.

“This clinical study is the first in the world to research and demonstrate the potential for improved navigation, access, clearance and control in mini-PCNL procedures using the MONARCH Platform for Urology,” said Dr. Jaime Landman, chair of the UCI School of Medicine Department of Urology. “In addition to potentially helping urologists achieve stone-free patients in a single procedure, this approach could help reduce the need for retreatment after kidney stone removal and decrease risks and complication rates.”