Deakin University's 'HeroSurg' Gives Surgeons 3D Images and Haptic Feedback

By: Joey Haar - Sep 30, 2016
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Robotic surgery has existed for many years, allowing skilled surgeons to perform remotely thanks to a video feed, but the HeroSurg is a robotic surgeon that makes it more intuitive than ever before for surgeons performing keyhole surgeries at a distance. Developed by scientists at Australia's Deakin University, the HeroSurg not only provides crisp 3D imagery, but it also gives surgeons haptic feedback.

Surgery is an incredibly delicate task, and one's sense of sight can only do so much, especially when it comes to conducting keyhole surgery. Keyhole surgery involves only a very minimal incision, like a keyhole, meaning that one's feel is perhaps more important that one's vision during a procedure. HeroSurg's haptic feedback is precise enough for surgeons to feel how stiff or soft tissues are, letting them make accurate judgments about the tissue's normalcy.