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Flex Robotic System

Robotic surgery provides surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, and greater precision; ultimately, it raises the standard of care for complex surgeries. But despite the benefits over traditional open surgery, constraints remain. Instrumentation is straight, and only the ends are flexible. Some procedures still may require immoderate techniques.

The Medrobotics Flex Robotic System is designed to allow minimally invasive procedures in parts of the body that previously were difficult or impossible to reach. It can navigate a nearly 180-degree path around anatomy to reach a surgical target, with articulating instruments that extend to perform procedures. These advancements mean that doctors can provide more minimally invasive surgical treatments - and more patients may be able to be treated with these techniques.

UI Health is the only academic medical center in Chicago to offer the Flex Robotic System for minimally invasive head and neck and colorectal surgical procedures.  

Benefits of the Flex Robotics System

With less pain, fewer complications, and no visible scarring, the Flex Robotic System overcomes limitations of traditional surgery. The flexible microscope and instruments allow surgeons increased access to tumors in difficult-to-reach areas while avoiding traditional open surgery. Procedures that used to take several hours now can be completed in minutes. Length of stay in the hospital also is reduced, and patients are able to recover much faster.

Among the other advantages:

  • Significantly less blood loss 
  • No visible scarring or disfigurement 
  • No tracheotomy 
  • Minimize or eliminate need for chemotherapy 
  • Fewer complications 
  • Shorter hospital stays 
  • Fast recovery 
  • Excellent cancer control