What makes avatera so special?

Compact

The avatera system is particularly space-saving because it consists of only two main components:

Surgical robot with four robot arms for controlling avatera instruments and the endoscope.

Control unit with slender eyepiece, an integrated and flexible seat, and easy handling via haptic, manual input devices and footswitches.

Communication without problems

Speaking and being understood in the operating room is essential for facilitating cooperation between the surgeon and his team. The eyepiece of the avatera system is particularly slender and does not obstruct the surgeon’s mouth or ears. Thanks to the complete absence of external fans, the extremely low noise level also contributes to good communication.

Brilliant images

The display’s QXGA resolution, high color fidelity and more than full HD resolution provides the surgeon with a clear, true-to-life image that captures even the tiniest details. avatera also displays the image in exactly the same size as the natural field of view of the human eye.

Minimally invasive

Slender instruments – small scars. With their diameter of only 5mm, avatera instruments redefine the meaning of “minimally invasive”. Despite their small diameter, the instruments with their seven degrees of freedom provide full mobility.

From the very beginning avatera has offered the four most important instruments for urological and gynecological applications:

  • Metzenbaum scissors (bipolar) for cutting and coagulation
  • Atraumatic grasper for holding and grasping tissue
  • Maryland dissector (bipolar) for dissecting tissue and for coagulation
  • Needle holder for guiding surgical needles during suturing

Always new – always sterile

avatera’s strict single-use concept for instruments and all sterile accessories has three invaluable advantages:

  • Surgeons are always working with new, reliable instruments.
  • The risk of cross-contamination is eliminated.
  • There is no need for complex and expensive cleaning and sterilization processes. This saves costs.

Why single use?

Reliability and consistently high quality

Surgeons have factory-new, reliably sterile instruments at their disposal for every surgical procedure. Obstructions in the surgical procedure due to wear, damage or defects of the instruments or the endoscope are minimised.

Cost savings

The use of disposable instruments saves time and money. The establishment of a sterilisation process and the purchase of special washing machines can be completely dispensed with. Departments that supply sterile goods are greatly relieved; time and labour-intensive processes such as cleaning, washing, transporting, filling, drying, servicing, sterilising, packaging and documenting are eliminated.

Hygienic safety

The residual risk of cross-contamination during a cleaning and sterilisation process for instruments and endoscopes is eliminated. Especially with highly complex, miniaturised surgical devices such as articulated instruments, their reprocessing is an extremely complex and difficult process.

Clearly calculable expenses

The cost of disposable items is very easy to calculate. All costs associated with reprocessing, on the other hand, are extremely difficult for hospitals to calculate comprehensively. In addition to many hidden costs for personnel, material, energy, water, etc., there are incalculable risks and associated additional costs for damage and loss, as well as the risk of residual contamination, which can never be 100% excluded.

Getting off to a good start

The avatera training team offers you comprehensive and intensive training, which is an essential success factor if you want to establish robotic-assisted surgery in your hospital clinic. For safe and competent knowledge transfer, we follow a proven, standardised training programme which includes the contents of the programmes of the professional organisations for surgeons using robotic assistance.

"At the avatera Training Center, we’ll give you intensive and practical advice on how to work with our system."

Dr Karen Felsmann | Clinical Application

The avatera training modules at a glance:

1. Technology training

The focus is on introducing the surgical team to the avatera system and its accessories, the roles in the team, the peri-operative and intra-operative challenges including communication and decision-making during a robot-assisted procedure.

2. Hands-on sessions with performance evaluation:

The future robotic surgeons will first train basic and advanced tasks on the avatera VR simulator to safely handle the avatera control unit and to develop their surgical skills when working with the surgical robot. This continues in the dry lab. With the help of different materials, the dexterity in handling the avatera system is trained extensively.

3. Wet-lab training

In the avatera training centre, robotic surgical techniques are consolidated. The participants train on the avatera system with the help of animal tissue and analyse videos of surgical procedures under the guidance of clinical experts.

4. Hospitation in avatera reference centres:

Our participants sit in on experienced robotically active surgical teams and learn the latest practical tips and tricks for using the avatera system.

5. On-site training:

In the hospitals of the participants, the team training sessions are continued individually. The avatera team and experienced supervisor provide comprehensive support during the first robotic interventions.

Even after the successful implementation of the avatera system in everyday clinical practice, the avatera team is always available to support the users. Our service and application staff provide support for all questions that arise, conduct follow-up training, inform about developments in robot-assisted surgery and support the establishment of a community for robot-assisted surgery teams.

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