Medtronic announces first patient enrolled in Expand URO trial for Hugo robotic-assisted surgery


Medtronic has announced the first patient enrolled in the Expand URO US clinical trial for the Hugo robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) system. The robotic-assisted prostatectomy procedure was performed by Michael R Abern (Duke University Hospital, Durham, USA) at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina, USA.

“This is an exciting moment,” said Abern. “Robotic-assisted surgery provides many benefits within my specialty of urology, and I’m proud to have performed the first US clinical trial case with the Medtronic Hugo RAS system.”

Minimally invasive surgery, including robotic-assisted surgery, offers fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, faster return to normal activities, and smaller scars. Urologic procedures are one of the most commonly performed with the assistance of a surgical robot. The Hugo RAS system is intended to be used in this study for urologic surgical procedures including radical prostatectomy, radical cystectomy, and nephrectomy (partial or radical) procedures at sites in the US.

“Scientific evidence is the bedrock of healthcare technology innovation and adoption. It creates and builds trust among clinicians and patients,” said Carla Peron (Medtronic, Ford Lauderdale, USA), chief medical officer of the Surgical Robotics business, which is part of the Medical Surgical Portfolio at Medtronic. “We’re proud to further that important pursuit with the Hugo RAS system in partnership with hospitals and surgical teams in the United States who share our commitment to patients.”

The Expand URO clinical trial is being conducted pursuant to an Investigational Device Exemption from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Up to 122 patients will be enrolled in the study at six sites in the US.

Urologic surgeon James Porter (Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, USA) is the principal investigator of the U.S. Expand URO study.

“This is an exciting time for healthcare in the United States and around the world, as we have the opportunity to expand robotic-assisted surgery treatment options to more patients,” said Porter, who plans to perform his first cases under the trial this month. “Backed by a growing body of clinical evidence, robotic-assisted surgery is the preferred approach within urology given the anatomical access, precision, and ergonomic advantages it enables.”

The Hugo RAS system, combined with Touch Surgery Enterprise, offers a smart, digitally enabled surgical experience. Outside the US, it is in use at hospitals across three continents in a range of procedures within urology, gynaecology, and general surgery.

The Hugo RAS system is commercially available in certain geographies. Regulatory requirements and status in individual countries and regions will determine market availability of the Hugo RAS system and approved indications. In the US, the Hugo RAS system is an investigational device not for sale.


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