It’s already been a busy year for
Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer
that dominates the robotic assisted
surgical space with the da Vinci line
and stands as one of the fastest-growing companies in healthcare.
New FDA clearances and product
launches have kept Intuitive locked
to the top of the medical industry
portion of the business news section.
The distant lead Intuitive has
on emerging competitors could
reasonably inspire a cautious,
reserved approach. Instead, the
leaders at Intuitive insist they remain
committed to delivering innovation
to the marketplace.
To learn more, Surgical Products
interviewed Sal Brogna, executive
vice president and COO at Intuitive
at the surgeon console during the
entire case, saving both time and
expense for the healthcare provider.
What’s especially innovative about
the SureForm 60?
It’s the first stapler to offer surgeons
120 degrees of fully wristed
articulation — 60 degrees up, right,
left, or down — which is a greater
range of motion than their hands.
The articulation lets surgeons
maneuver the stapler and approach
tissue from the most ideal angle,
and reduces the need to pull tissue
towards the stapler.
This stapler also helps address
issues of “over firing” during
surgery. We developed technology
that allows the stapler to take 1,000
By Daniel Seeger, Editor
The company behind the da Vinci is still transforming surgery.
What can you tell us about the
SureForm 60 is a new, single-patient
use 60mm robotic stapling instrument
that is compatible with our da Vinci X
and Xi Surgical Systems. SureForm
60 is indicated for use during general,
thoracic, gynecologic, urologic, and
SureForm 60 accommodates
procedures associated with larger
organ transections and across a
greater range of tissue thicknesses,
eliminating the need for a third-party
stapler during da Vinci procedures
requiring longer staple lengths or in
thick tissue situations.
It aids surgeons in giving them
a greater degree of autonomy by
enabling them to remain seated