Last Friday something incredible happened. For the first time ever, surgeons were able to operate inside an eye and restore site. All with the help of Preceyes, a Dutch company which held a talk on the TEDxBinnenhof stage in 2012.
A team at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital used the device, controlled via a joystick, to remove a membrane one hundredth of a millimetre thick. Surgeons hope the procedure will pave the way for more complex eye surgery than is currently possible with the human hand.
The BBC had exclusive access to the procedure and spoke with both the surgeon and the patient, 70 year old Bill Beaver, who described the operation ‘as a fairy tale’. The Preceyes surgical robot was developed by Medical Robotic Technologies, a spin-out of Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2012 Maarten Beelen, co-founder, spoke about the technology at the TEDxBinnenhof stage in the Ridderzaal.
We are very proud of Maarten and Medical Robotic Technologies that they have managed to change the way surgeons operate and made history.