UK-based CMR Surgical is launching a training programme in the US for its Versius surgical robotic system as part of a collaboration with Florida Hospital Nicholson Center.

Under the initiative, 27 surgical teams, including more than 100 healthcare professionals, will receive training for operating the surgical robotic system, which is set to be commercially introduced in the US next year.

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Unveiled in the UK in September, Versius has small structure features individually cart-mounted arms. The system has been designed to be easily moved between operating rooms and hospitals/clinics, allowing a fast set-up for teams performing surgery.

In addition, Versius is intended to offer freedom of port placement, along with benefits associated with small, fully wristed instruments.

“This collaboration allows surgeons a chance to safely and realistically train with a completely unique, yet user-friendly, operating style.”

The device comes with 3D HD vision, instrument control and a variety of ergonomic working positions. It is expected to potentially minimise stress and fatigue for surgeons.

CMR Surgical CEO Martin Frost said: “Versius has been designed with the surgeon in mind and we are confident that by supporting the necessary training we can work with surgeons to realise the benefits of minimal access surgery for patients.”

Nicholson Center hopes that the programme will facilitate safe and realistic training of the new device.

Nicholson Center CTO Roger Smith noted: “The Nicholson Center’s goal is to continue offering surgeons the ability to train on the latest and most advanced medical technology, and CMR Surgical’s Versius fits the bill.

“This collaboration allows surgeons a chance to safely and realistically train with a completely unique, yet user-friendly, operating style, increasing their confidence levels before using the technology in the field.”