Robot-guided laser ablation as the future of surgery
Their joint brainchild was given the name CARLO, which stands for Cold Ablation, Robot-guided Laser Osteotome. For Prof. Hans-Florian Zeilhofer, CARLO represents the future of surgery because the software-guided robotic laser system for bone surgery supported by the LBR Med can perform highly precise cuts with any required pattern. “There are far more options open to the surgeon than with previous procedures.”
Until now, there was no solution for keeping the bone tissue in the area of the laser cutting surfaces intact and alive. CARLO now combines a laser and a robot for bone surgery in the form of the new “cold” laser technology with a small, lightweight, tactile robot designed for direct human-machine cooperation. The system is rounded off with complex 3D planning, navigation and control software and hardware. It slots seamlessly into the operating room and works autonomously, but provides the surgeon with full control of the procedure at all times.