Mar 21, 2022
Paul Cataford is the Interim CEO and President of Titan Medical Inc. which is bringing advancements to single-port or single incision robotic-assisted surgery. This differs from multiple ports where a number of incisions are made, and different tools are inserted into the different ports. Titan is moving all of the tools like the camera, a needle driver, grasper, and shearers through a single access point thanks to innovations in robotics, miniaturization, computing power, and visualization techniques.
Paul elaborates, "Well, as you can well imagine, what multiport means, you have multiple incisions around the abdomen or around the surgical work area. Every time you create a new point of entry, you create a new opportunity for infection. So, you have a new wound that needs to heal. You have a new scar, there's further risk of hitting something without intention, as you have multiple incisions. Less sites mean less pain, so a single incision has big benefits to the patient."
"So the patient is the real beneficiary of single incision. It's, as I mentioned earlier, faster healing, fewer pain meds, your hospital stay is a lot shorter. The reason why the surgeons like it is it can be quite tiring to do multiple surgeries stacked back-to-back-to-back. Whereas with robotic-assisted surgery, they don't fatigue as quickly. They're not bending over a patient. The fine motor skills that are required with these surgeons, it's not as tiring when you're working with tools and hand controllers and foot pedals."
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