The FDA-authorized Hominis surgical robot features small humanoid-shaped arms that include shoulder, elbow and wrist joints to provide human-level dexterity and 360-degree articulation. The surgical robotics system has an indication for use in single-site, natural orifice laparoscopic-assisted transvaginal benign gynecological procedures, including benign hysterectomy.
Memic officials expect the simulator program will be ready for real-world use by the end of this year.
“Before entering the operating room, it is essential for surgeons performing any procedure including transvaginal robotic surgeries to be fully confident in their abilities,” Michael Conditt, SVP of strategic marketing and clinical development at Memic, said in a news release. “Training programs including simulation offer significant benefits in terms of progressing competency and confidence level and refining the necessary skills to perform a procedure. They also help ensure that surgeons have a comprehensive understanding of how the tools and technologies they plan to use work.”
Under the terms of the partnership, the two companies will develop an abstract training program in which surgeons train on virtual reality consoles with kinematic feedback to use the Hominis system in transvaginal gynecological procedures. The goal is standardized, quantifiable training as part of the ongoing Memic Skills Development Pathway.