MMI announces the completion of its first U.S. clinical cases using the Symani Surgical System. The robotic-assisted microsurgical procedures were performed at Penn Medicine, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, in collaboration with the Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery departments.

Landmark U.S. Limb Reconstructions

The first U.S. procedures were important reconstructive surgeries on limbs. In one case, doctors moved bone and skin from a patient’s leg to their forearm, which was injured. They used a robot to connect the blood vessels and make sure the transfer worked. In the second case, a patient at risk of losing their leg due to an infected knee had their knee wound fixed with muscle and skin from their back. The robot reconnected the blood vessels to help healing.

New Era in Surgical Innovation

“The first U.S. cases are a paramount milestone in the global expansion of the Symani Surgical System, and we’re honored to have been able to work with Penn Medicine’s premiere orthopedic and plastic surgery departments to achieve it,” says Mark Toland, CEO at MMI. “Today marks the beginning of a new era in surgical innovation, as patients across the country with conditions that require complex microsurgical techniques, such as extremity reconstruction, autologous breast reconstruction post cancer resection, and lymphedema repair, will now have expanded access to treatment options.”

The U.S. FDA has granted De Novo Classification to the Symani Surgical System, making it the only commercially available platform in the U.S. for reconstructive microsurgery. This system addresses the intricate scale of microsurgery and supermicrosurgery, such as anastomosis and suturing of small anatomical structures like blood and lymphatic vessels during open surgeries.

Expands Surgical Treatment Options

The Symani Surgical System allows surgeons to replicate natural hand movements at a microscopic scale, expanding treatment options for patients requiring advanced surgical techniques. It aims to improve patients’ quality of life, increase the number of surgeons capable of performing complex procedures on delicate anatomy, and enable hospitals to enhance their open surgical programs.