Network configuration and remote surgery platform
Network configuration and remote surgery platform

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News • Telesurgery

First robot-assisted remote radical distal gastrectomy with 5G technology

Globally, gastric cancer is the fifth most common malignancy and the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death, with China bearing nearly half of these cases.

These figures underscore an urgent need for innovative solutions in the field, particularly given the huge disparities in access to diagnostic and treatment resources in remote and underserved areas. In a study recently published in the KeAi journal Intelligent Surgery, a team of researchers from China reported the first robot-assisted remote radical distal gastrectomy performed using 5G communication technology. While previous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of 5G technology in various fields, such as urology and orthopedics, its application in gastric surgery has so far been limited to preclinical trials on animals and cadavers.

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The novel procedure was conducted on a 51-year-old patient diagnosed with stage T2N0M0 gastric cancer, utilizing the domestically developed Tuomai four-arm laparoscopic robotic surgery system. Notable results  include minimal intraoperative delays and no packet loss, highlighting the potential of 5G technology to advance remote surgical procedures. The patient's quick recovery without complications affirmed the procedure's safety and effectiveness. 

Professor Zhao, the lead researcher of the study, states: “This is the initial clinical experience of this new technology, and preliminarily verified the feasibility and safety. We believe that the findings from this study lay a solid foundation for the future of telemedicine in treating patients with gastric cancer.” 

Source: KeAi Communications Co., Ltd.


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