The da Vinci Single-Port robotic-assisted surgical system from Intuitive has received CE mark approval, allowing it to be used by surgeons in Europe for endoscopic abdominopelvic, thoracoscopic, transoral otolaryngology, transanal colorectal, and breast surgical procedures.

It expands upon the company’s 4th generation robotic-assisted surgery portfolio, and complements the multiport da Vinci Xi and X systems.

The SP system allows more patients to access the benefits of single incision or natural orifice minimally invasive surgery, opening up the number of patients who are suitable for this type of treatment.

Surgeons can perform more complex operations, and across more patient types, all in a minimally invasive way. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include quicker recovery times for patients, a safer surgical option and less time spent in hospital for patients.

Intuitive CEO Gary Guthart, said: “We are pleased to receive CE mark for our da Vinci SP system, which offers surgeons across Europe the ability to perform more complex operations, across more patient types, in a minimally invasive way.

“The da Vinci SP system represents the latest addition to our product portfolio in Europe and expands options for surgeons and hospitals seeking to provide patients with evidence-based, innovative care.”

The da Vinci SP system includes three, multi-jointed, wristed instruments and a fully wristed three-dimensional, high-definition camera. The instruments and the camera emerge through a single cannula and are properly triangulated around the target anatomy at the distal tip.

Dirk Barten, senior vice president and general manager for Europe, Intuitive, added: “Surgeons in Europe have long been at the forefront of robotic-assisted surgery and have led the adoption of innovative care that offers meaningful patient benefits. With the introduction of the da Vinci SP system, Intuitive continues to provide the latest technology to European surgeons and hospitals.”

Last summer Intuitive joined forces with the Royal College of Surgeons of England to support a new multi-professional network that is helping shape the future development of robotic-assisted surgery.