Newsletter April 2019

AOT and KUKA: precise bone cutting thanks to laser technology

CARLO® is the world's first robot that can cut bone contact-free with cold laser technology.

CARLO® is the world’s first robot that can cut bone contact-free with cold laser technology.

Precision and efficiency have increased significantly in robotic surgery in recent years. Despite the tremendous medical progress, surgeons still use saws when it comes to cutting through bone tissue. The SHS portfolio company AOT has developed instruments for hard tissue surgery using robot support to cut bone via laser. The risk of infection is reduced, as there is no contact with the bone. Lasers can also be used to cut very precise geometric structures that cannot be produced manually. For its CARLO (Cold Ablation Robot-guided Laser Osteotomy) project, the Swiss company AOT is collaborating with Augsburg-based KUKA AG, one of the world’s leading suppliers of robotics and systems technology: A KUKA robot certified according to the relevant standards is used for precise execution of AOTs robot-guided laser surgery. Using cold laser technology, the KUKA robot enables the medical device to cut the bone without contact, not just in a straight line, but also in a curved or puzzle shape. This method has several advantages for the patient, as the bone surface remains intact and the bone can be rejoined after the incision, thus significantly shortening the time required for healing.

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Key Facts
Year established: 2010
Business purpose: Development, manufacture and marketing of computer-aided laser systems for bone surgery
Products: Surgical system CARLO (Cold Ablation Robot-guided Laser Osteotome)
Location: Basel (CH)

 

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