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R2 Surgical Announces Collaboration with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine

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R2 Surgical announces its collaboration with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Nicole Buote, Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery, approached R2 Surgical approximately a year ago with a visionary plan to implement robotic veterinary surgery at Cornell. 

Overcoming the challenge of obtaining an affordable surgical robot, R2 Surgical provided a pre-owned da Vinci® Si-e™ robot (manufactured by Intuitive Surgical), enabling Cornell’s pursuit of this groundbreaking initiative. R2 Surgical will also provide ongoing instrumentation for the pre-owned da Vinci robot.

In November 2023, Cornell achieved a milestone by performing its inaugural live animal robotic Gastropexy procedure using R2 Surgical’s provided equipment. Gastropexy is a surgical procedure involving the attachment of the stomach to the abdominal wall. It is commonly performed in veterinary medicine to prevent gastric torsion in dogs, a potentially fatal condition particularly prevalent in larger breeds. This surgery helps secure the stomach in place to minimize the risk of life-threatening complications.

In partnership with a local shelter, Cornell works to deliver robotic surgical care to canines in need and also champions their adoption into caring homes post-recovery. Finley, a Great Dane, became the first beneficiary of this innovative approach, undergoing successful surgery and now on the path to a brighter future.

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This collaboration between R2 Surgical and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine marks a significant leap in integrating robotic technology to elevate animal healthcare, fostering progress in veterinary medicine, and enhancing the quality of life for animals in need.

Source: R2 Surgical

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