Intuitive Surgical receives FDA clearance for da Vinci SP surgical system
Intuitive announced it has received clearance for the da Vinci SP surgical system for use in certain transoral otolaryngology procedures in adults. The FDA cleared the single port approach for lateral oropharyngectomy procedures and tongue base resection.The da Vinci SP system provides surgeons with robotic-assisted technology designed for deep and narrow access to tissue in the body. The ability to enter the body through a single, small incision or through a natural orifice can provide a minimally invasive experience for complex procedures. Transoral otolaryngology procedures represent the second category of procedures the FDA has cleared for the da Vinci SP surgical system; the FDA cleared the da Vinci SP system for urology procedures in May 2018. Since the initial clearance, Intuitive has shipped 15 da Vinci SP systems in 2018. With this additional indication, Intuitive plans to continue with its measured introduction of the da Vinci SP system in 2019.