World’s first robotic transvascular aneurysm repair performed


Hansen Medical has announced that its Sensei robotic catheter system and Artisan control catheter have been used to aid deployment of stent grafts used to treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm in a 78-year old patient.

A team of physicians led by Professor Nick Cheshire carried out the procedure at St Mary’s Hospital, part of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, England. This procedure is believed to be the world’s first in which any robotic medical technology has been used to repair an aortic aneurysm through a patient’s vascular system.

Cheshire explained, “By providing increased catheter stability and accurate navigation, the Sensei system has the potential to greatly simplify the procedure and make it more predictable. In this case, it only took a few minutes to drive the Artisan catheter to the location where the stent was to be deployed.”