Intuitive Surgical Announces New Single-Site(TM) Instrumentation for the da Vinci(R) Si(TM) Surgical System

According to The Oklahoman, the FDA approved the EZ Vein, a new device developed by an Oklahoma doctor for easing the placement of intravenous catheters in challenging patients.  Much like with a blood pressure cuff, the device is inflated using a hand pump and vasculature within the window opening is more readily seen.

Dr. Robert Perry, a resident at Oklahoma University Medical Center, is the tinkerer that developed the device in his home workshop and managed to score one of the fastest FDA approvals ever: 17 days from submission.

Single-Site Instrumentation provides da Vinci Si customers with a technology that enables cholecystectomy via a single incision, while providing the benefits of traditional multi-port da Vinci Surgery— enhanced surgical precision, control and stability and 3D HD visualization.

The Single-Site suite of instruments and accessories consists of the Single-Site Port, specialized curved cannulae and 5mm semi-rigid instruments, which are compatible with any da Vinci Si Surgical System. The design of the instruments and the da Vinci System’s Remote Center Technology are intended to reduce instrument crowding and external collisions typically associated with hand-held, laparoscopic single-incision devices.


Gary Guthart, CEO, Intuitive Surgical Inc., stated, “We are pleased with this clearance for our Single-Site instruments for use in laparoscopic cholecystectomy using the da Vinci System. We plan to immediately initiate a controlled rollout of these products in the US, while continuing our rollout in Europe. As we learn more about our customers’ needs within single-incision surgery, we anticipate future submissions to the US FDA and other global regulatory agencies related to expansion of the cleared indications for use, as well as additional Single-Site instruments.”

All da Vinci Si Surgical Systems are compatible with Single-Site™ Technology. The standard da Vinci and the da Vinci S Systems are not compatible with Single-Site Technology.

About Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Intuitive Surgical develops, manufactures and markets robotic technologies designed to improve clinical outcomes and help patients return more quickly to active and productive lives. The company’s mission is to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. Intuitive Surgical – Taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.™

About the da Vinci Surgical System

The da Vinci Surgical System is a breakthrough surgical platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci Surgical System consists of an ergonomic surgeon console or consoles, a patient-side cart with three or four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic and computer technology, the da Vinci Surgical System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments. The net result is an intuitive interface with breakthrough surgical capabilities. By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction. This ultimately has the potential to raise the standard of care for complex surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits, including less pain, a shorter recovery and quicker return to normal daily activities. Source:,

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