Dexter is a lean product that couples the precision of robotic surgery with the reliability of Swiss engineering; versatile, quick to setup and with a low footprint, giving operating teams comprehensive access to the patient.
Dexter’s DNA is that of purpose-oriented and open system robotics technology, designed to reduce the complexity in robotic surgery and ready to integrate seamlessly with existing laparoscopic setups and workflows.
Robotic surgery makes most sense for long and complex surgical tasks like suturing and dissection. Short and specialized tasks tend to be performed more efficiently via advanced, clinically proven, laparoscopic processes and instruments such as vessel sealers and staplers.
Dexter features fully articulated, single-use 8 mm instruments for suturing and dissection: needle drivers, Johann graspers, monopolar scissors, monopolar hooks and bipolar Maryland forceps.
Laparoscopic surgery often forces the surgeon into an exhausting posture, usually for many hours during surgery. One of the great contributions of robotic surgery is the ability to operate in an ergonomic posture. Much effort has been made to ensure that Dexter supports optimal ergonomic posture. Having the option to switch between laparoscopy and robotic surgery also means providing the choice to operate the robot in a seated or standing position.
Dexter allows operating teams to switch between laparoscopic and robotic surgery at any time during surgery. By design, Dexter is as an open platform that is compatible with all laparoscopic technology and enables access to all instruments. The surgeon being sterile around the patient, Dexter ensures that the best procedure can be performed for the patient at any point in time – whether this involves stapling, vessel sealing or any other process and technology. This does not only hold true today; Dexter’s open platform ensures ready access to future technologies. Operating room teams will not have to wait for their robotics provider to integrate new technology right away.
There are many differences in laparoscopic imaging systems, and new technology is evolving continuously. Different surgeons prefer different imaging systems – each for good reasons. This is why we have opted for a modular approach: Dexter can be used with any commercial laparoscopic tower. This gives every Dexter-surgeon the option to operate with their preferred imaging system; whether this is 4k, 3D, ICG or any other current or future imaging technology.
The surgeon console is optimized for ergonomic use in a seated and standing position. Dexter’s console is draped and placed close to the patient within the sterile field; this allows the surgeon to readily switch between robotic and laparoscopic access to the patient.
The two arms beside the patient control the two instruments. They can be individually re-aligned to change trocar sites during surgery and are designed to provide ample working space for the assistant surgeon to hold the endoscope and any additional retraction instrument. The setup with Dexter is comparable to the laparoscopic setup and Dexter is compatible with all commercially available endoscope holders, thus ensuring a stable, robot-controlled image during surgery.
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