CMR Surgical’s Versius robot adopted by hospital in São Paolo - and others across Brazil and Chile are poised to follow suit
CMR Surgical has continued its global growth with expansion into Brazil.
The Versius surgical robot has been introduced at Hospital e Maternidade São Luiz Itaim, Rede D’Or in São Paolo, where it is being used for multiple specialties.
It is the first Brazilian hospital to adopt Versius and the company, headquartered on Evolution Business Park in Impington, considers it an important step towards what it expects will be rapid growth in Latin America.
The company has revealed that further installations of Versius are already under way across Brazil and also in Chile, where the first patients are expected to benefit “imminently”.
Latin America has strong demand for high-tech, digitally advanced devices, according to CMR Survical, and hospitals there are swiftly introducing surgical robotics into clinical practice.
Bertrand Weil, chief business development officer of CMR Surgical said: “At CMR we are fully committed to bringing the benefits of minimal access surgery to all those who need it.
“Brazil is a highly advanced country with significant growth opportunities for surgical robotics, which makes it an ideal landscape in which to introduce Versius.
“Since receiving Anvisa regulatory approval late last year, we have focused on a rapid market entry to meet the strong demand for Versius – a unique and versatile new choice for surgeons and hospitals that benefits patients.
“We will continue driving CMR’s growth in Brazil, and look forward to expanding our reach across Latin America by building partnerships with healthcare stakeholders looking to advance the surgical care of their patients.”
Versius has been used at the São Paolo hospital to perform procedures across gynaecology, urology and general surgery, including prostatectomy, gastric bypass, hernia repair, hysterectomy and cholecystectomy.
Dr Carlos Eduardo Domene, head of robotics at Rede D’Or, said: “It has been wonderful to work alongside the CMR team as they bring their highly innovative technology to Brazil.
“In a short space of time, their support has enabled us to complete a wide variety of surgical procedures with Versius, which has been of great benefit to my team.
“The versatility the system has allowed me to perform complex bariatric surgery with precision and ease. The small size and modularity of Versius enables us to easily move the system between operating theatres so that we can achieve high utilisation of the system day in and day out, bringing the benefits of robotic surgery to more of our patients.”
The use of robotic-assisted surgical platforms enables complex procedures through keyhole surgery, which reduces recovery times and complications.
Mario Ferradosa, head of commercial, Latin America at CMR Surgical, said: “Brazil has a diverse healthcare system with a desire to innovate and a distinct appreciation for advanced technologies. It is fantastic that Versius is being introduced to leading surgeons who are looking for a compact robotic system to enable them to perform more keyhole surgery and achieve their targets.
“We have built expert teams to rapidly respond to the interest of healthcare providers and importantly provide our customers with best-in-class services as they introduce Versius into their operating rooms.”
CMR is already being used in NHS hospitals and by others across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
The company is building a new manufacturing site in Ely to keep up with global demand.