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The world first hybrid Robotic surgery took place at the Insel Spital in Bern

Together with Distalmotion, surgeons at the Inselspital and Lindenhofspital in Bern, as well as the CHUV in Lausanne, have pioneered innovation in minimally invasive care with their input in the development of Dexter. The Inselspital made history with the first clinical use of Dexter in gynecology.

Distalmotion announced today the successful completion of a series of hysterectomy cases (removal of the uterus) with Distalmotion’s novel surgical robot, Dexter. This marks Dexter’s first clinical use and the culmination of a multi-year journey in the development of Dexter.

The world’s first Dexter surgeries in gynecology were successfully completed without complications by Prof. Michael Müller, Dr. Sara Imboden and their team in the gynecologic oncology department of the Inselspital. This first series of Dexter surgeries is part of a pan-European Early Adopter Program that aims to lead the way in making best-in-class minimally invasive care more accessible to a wider array of hospitals and patients by leveraging Dexter’s novel, hybrid approach to robotic surgery.

Designed, developed and manufactured in Switzerland, Dexter is the result of several years of iterative design and development work conducted in close collaboration with world-leading surgeons. In the lead-up to this milestone, Prof. George Thalmann and his team in the Inselspital’s urology department played an elemental role in the development of Dexter, as did Dr. Dominik Böhlen, who heads the center for prostate cancer (DKG certified) at the Lindenhofspital in Bern, and Prof. Dieter Hahnloser and his team in the department for visceral surgery at the University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV).

This first case series sets up the next phase in Dexter’s quest to give more patients access to best-in-class, robotically assisted minimally invasive care. Alongside other renowned European hospitals, the Inselspital is poised to continue to play a pivotal role in this mission, as a reference center in an Early Adopter Program conducting extensive clinical studies, and contributing towards developing standards and training protocols for various applications of hybrid robotic surgery with Dexter.

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